The Philippine Star

Espenido’s as­sign­ment in Bacolod wel­comed

- By GIL­BERT BAYORAN Narcotic Drugs · Society · Bacolod · Bacolod City · Western Visayas · Negros Occidental

BACOLOD CITY – Lo­cal of­fi­cials have wel­comed the as­sign­ment of con­tro­ver­sial po­lice of­fi­cer Maj. Jovie Espenido in this city as they ex­pressed be­lief it would strengthen the cam­paign against il­le­gal drugs.

Bacolod City Rep. Greg Gasa­taya said he is hop­ing Espenido could help min­i­mize the il­le­gal drug prob­lem in the city.

Coun­cilor Al Vic­tor Espino, chair­man of the Sang­gu­ni­ang Pan­lalaw­igan com­mit­tee on po­lice mat­ters, said Espenido’s as­sign­ment would boost the anti-drug cam­paign of the city po­lice, which has the high­est num­ber of drug ap­pre­hen­sions in Western Visayas.

Espenido was as­signed at the Western Visayas po­lice ef­fec­tive Oct. 4, but the re­gional po­lice has yet to is­sue an or­der trans­fer­ring him to Bacolod.

Pres­i­den­tial spokesman Sal­vador Panelo re­cently con­firmed the as­sign­ment of Espenido in Bacolod City.

Espenido is known for his bloody an­tidrug cam­paign. Ne­gros Oc­ci­den­tal Gov. Eu­ge­nio Jose Lac­son said Espenido’s new as­sign­ment in­di­cated that the anti-drug cam­paign would be fur­ther pushed in Bacolod City.

“We have noth­ing to fear if we are not into the il­le­gal drug trade busi­ness,” Lac­son said.

Coun­cilor Diando Ramos, chair of the Sang­gu­ni­ang Pan­lalaw­igan com­mit­tee on laws, or­di­nances and good gov­ern­ment, also wel­comed Espenido to the city po­lice.

Ramos said Espenido has been ef­fec­tive in en­forc­ing the anti-drug cam­paign of thr gov­ern­ment. He said Espenido’s pres­ence would dis­cour­age drug traf­fick­ers from do­ing their trade.

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