Leonardia: ‘Shabulized’ city tag ‘positive dev’t’


The tagging of Bacolod as a “shabulized” city was a “positive development,” Mayor Evelio Leonardia said.

Police Lieutenant Colonel Jovie Espenido, deputy director for operations of the Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO), branded the city as “shabulized” due to the proliferation of illegal drugs.

Despite the intensive drug war, Espenido said the illegal drug problem still persists, citing the big volume of drug recovery by the police and the arrest of some drug personalities. (

“We have to give credit to BCPO director Colonel Henry Biñas and to our police forces for lowering the volume of crime in Bacolod City,” said Leonardia.

“If you talk about a local government unit’s attention to illegal drugs, we are one of the few who have spent big.

“If the BCPO concentrates on peace and order and Espenido concentrates on the anti-drug campaign, maybe it will serve as a solution to clean up the city,” he also said.