ANONG DRUG LINKS? Western Visayas PNP Office, may update tungkol kay Lt. Col. Jovie Espenido.

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PNP Region 6 clears Espenido of any drug links

February 24, 2020

The Western Visayas regional police office has cleared Lt. Col. Jovie Espenido of any drug links during the first phase of the adjudication process of all the 356 policemen included in President Duterte’s narcolist.

But Brig. Gen. Rene Pamuspusan, director of the Police Regional Office 6, was quick to clarify the decision to clear Espenido was based on the intelligence report in Western Visayas.

“As far as the Regional Office 6 is concerned, there is no reliable information or confirmatory report that could say that Espenido is involved in illegal drugs,” said Pamuspusan in phone interview on Monday.

“This is based on the report coming from the Region (Western Visayas) and during his stint here at the Bacolod City Police. As to the other reports, I don’t know,” he added.

Espenido was the third top man of the Bacolod City police as he headed the Operations unit of the station. That was before he was sacked from his post over his supposed drug links.

Pamuspusan said that the decision on the adjudication of Espenido and other policemen in Western Visayas will be submitted to the National Adjudication Board headed by Lt. Gen. Camilo Cascolan, the deputy chief for Administration of the Philippine National Police.

Based on the instruction of PNP chief Gen. Archie Gamboa, the first phase of the adjudication is done at the regional level and mother unit of the policemen allegedly involved and it must be resolved in one week.

This is followed by a three-week adjudication at the national level.

As to Espenido’s media interviews which reportedly violated the gag order of Gamboa, Pamuspusan said an investigation is still being concluded.

“I made him explain already regarding his actuations, his media appearances. If there is a need to further investigate, then we will proceed with additional investigation,” said Pamuspusan.

PNP Region 6 clears Espenido of any drug links