VG Ferrer says Espenido’s relief ‘no surprise’


The relief of controversial police officer Lt. Col. Jovie Espenido from the Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO) came as no surprise to Negros Occidental Vice Governor Jeffrey Ferrer.

Ferrer said police officials are dependent on orders from Camp Crame.

He, however, said that Espenido’s relief will not have an effect on the ongoing anti-drug campaign of the BCPO. (

The BCPO, according to him, achieved several accomplishments in the drug war, even when Espenido was on vacation for more than a month, following his reassignment to Bacolod City as deputy director for Operations and head of the City Drug Enforcement.

Ferrer said he is not privy to the reason for the relief of Espenido from BCPO. Maybe he is needed in other areas, he also said.

Espenido has been re-assigned to the Office of the Philippine National police chief at Camp Crame on floating status.