‘MABUHAY KAYA SIYA?’
In assigning Chief Inspector Jovie Espenido to Iloilo City as police chief, Duterte reportedly said, “Mabuhay kaya siya?” Referring to the city’s mayor, Patrick Mabilog, who, he said, is in his updated list of drug traffickers.
That qualifies as a thinly veiled threat since Espenido, accurately or not, is credited for the death of two mayors linked to the drug trade, Albuera, Leyte mayor Rolando Espinosa and Ozamiz City mayor Rolando Parojinog.
Espenido, a chief inspector, is assigned to Iloilo City that requires a senior superintendent, two ranks higher than Espenido’s. So he’s an OIC, maybe to stay there just long enough to find out he answer to the “Mabuhay kaya siya?” question from Duterte.