“Someone” in the PNP made a mistake, Jovie says

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BACOLOD CITY, Negros Occidental, Philippines – Controversial former anti-drug czar Jovie Espenido claimed “someone” in the National Police made a mistake for including his name in the so-called President’s list.

Relieved controversial city anti drug czar Jovie Espenido faces the press after he was relieved. | Photo by Banjo Hinolan
Relieved controversial city anti drug czar Jovie Espenido faces the press after he was relieved. | Photo by Banjo Hinolan

Espenido, in a news conference that lasted more than an hour at the police headquarters here, apologized to his officers for speaking out after news of his relief broke out.

“Someone” in the PNP made a mistake, Jovie says

BACOLOD CITY, Negros Occidental, Philippines – Controversial former anti-drug czar Jovie Espenido claimed “someone” in the National Police made a mistake for including his name in the so-called President’s list. Read full story http://www.dnx.news/crime/someone-in-the-pnp-made-a-mistake-jovie-says/

Posted by DNX News on Tuesday, 18 February 2020

“I’m sorry but it’s my name that’s already being dragged here,” Espenido said in a mix of Bisaya and Filipino as he thanked PNP Director General Archie Gamboa who invited him to a meeting at Camp Crame.

Mixing Bible quotes and anecdotes, Espenido recalled major arrests he had made in various assignments in the country since 2016, among them the Parojinogs in Ozamiz and the Espinosas in Albuera, Leyte.

“The information dragging me into the list of supposed drug protectors could have come from anywhere in the service – the PNP, Army, PDEA,” Espenido said when asked by DNX during the news conference where the information could have come from.

The so-called Presidential Rodrigo Roa Duterte or PRRD list, sources say, is drawn up by Malacanang based on the president’s own intelligence network.

More stories later.

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