Philippine National Police chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa stated it was President Rodrigo Duterte who took again the order for Chief Inspector Jovie Espenido to be transferred to Iloilo City.
Dela Rosa stated Duterte was conscious that residents of Ozamiz City didn’t need Espenido, to depart their metropolis simply but.
“The main reason is si Presidente mismo nagbigay ng instruction na huwag na ituloy dahil nga baka ma-demoralize ‘yung mga tao sa Ozamiz kung tanggalin natin si Espenido doon at may balita pa nga na mag-People Power pa,” he stated in a press convention Monday (September four) at Camp Crame.
“Kaya nagbago isip ni Presidente, sabi niya pagbigyan muna natin ‘yung taga-Ozamiz. Huwag muna nating alisin si Espenido doon,” he added.
It was Duterte who introduced on August 28 that Espenido was headed to Iloilo City final month after heading the Ozamiz City police.
But in a speech final week, Duterte revealed that Espenido’s underlings had been cautious of his departure due to the supposed risk posed by Ozamiz City councilor Ricardo “Ardot” Parojinog, the brother of slain Mayor Reynaldo Parojinog Sr.
Dela Rosa dismissed hypothesis that Espenido’s posting to Iloilo didn’t push via as a result of he’s a Chief Inspector, which is 2 ranks decrease than Senior Superintendent who can lead a police station in a extremely urbanized metropolis.
“In the case of Espenido, sinasabi nila na hindi natuloy dahil underrank. That’s not a problem. The PNP policy can adjust to the presidential directive. So kung sinabing underrank, hanapan natin ng paraan. ‘Yung mga overrank na opisyal doon e ilipat natin para hindi uncomfortable working condition ang maabutan niya doon, so we will adjust,” he stated.
“It’s not an issue ‘yung kanyang pagka-underrank. Hindi ‘yun issue kung bakit siya hindi natuloy. Ang main issue doon is nakita ni Presidente na kawawa ‘yung mga tao sa Ozamiz at baka mag-People Power sila kung alisin si Espenido doon kaya hindi natuloy ‘yung lipat nya. Ni-recall natin ‘yung order,” he defined.