By Tara Yap
ILOILO CITY—Police Major Jovie Espenido, the controversial cop, visited this city where he was almost assigned by President Rodrigo Duterte as this city’s police chief.
Photos circulating on social media site Facebook show Espenido with Charlie Sustento, an award-winning cop who was dismissed from the uniform service two years ago.
To recall, Duterte initially agreed to the August 2017 wish of Espnenido to be assigned in Iloilo City, which was repeatedly dubbed by the President as “shabulized” and “bedrock” of drugs.
This was after Espenido led police operations that killed mayors Rolando Espinosa Sr. of Albuera, Leyte and Reynaldo Parojinog of Ozamiz City. Both mayors were on the President’s list of drug personalities. Also on the list was dismissed Iloilo City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog, who has since left the country.
The highly hyped news of Espenido’s looming transfer did not happen. This was largely due to the fact that Espenido was only a major and not a police colonel, which is a requirement to become a chief of police of a highly urbanized city such as Iloilo.
Espenido’s visit to Iloilo is mostly seen as a show of support to Sustento, his classmate who is appealing the August 2017 dismissal order for grave misconduct.
At that time of his dismissal, Sustento was named as the Best Junior Police Commissioned Officer of the Philippine National Police (PNP) in Western Visayas.