Pangue temporarily replaces Espenido Bacolod anti-illegal drugs unit

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The Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO) has temporarily assigned BCPO’s deputy city director for administration Lieutenant Colonel Levy Pangue as the deputy city director for operations. He will also supervise the City Drug Enforcement Unit.

This, after Police Lieutenant Colonel Jovie Espenido was relieved from his post for still undisclosed reasons.

Orders from the Philippine National Police (PNP) Directorate for Personnel and Records Management showed Espenido has been recalled to the national police headquarters in Camp Crame and reassigned to the Office of the PNP Chief. (

BCPO Director Henry Biñas assured Bacoleños that BCPO will still be relentless in their bid to eradicate illegal drugs even in the absence of Espenido.

“Even with Espenido or without Espenido, the BCPO is still working and that was the reason why President Rodrigo Duterte earlier ordered Espenido’s reassignment in this city because of the big accomplishments of the BCPO in the campaign against illegal drugs,” he said.

Espenido was the police chief of Ozamiz City prior to his Bacolod reassignment.