PNP: Order to reassign Espenido to Ozamiz City out

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C/Insp. Jovie Espenido. (FILE PHOTO)

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 29) —The Philippine National Police (PNP) has issued the transfer order of police chief C/Insp. Jovie Espenido back to Ozamiz City, where he gained notoriety for his involvement in the deaths of the Parojinog clan.

"I just received an information from the directorate of the personnel record management that they have already issued the order for Espenido (to go) back to Ozamiz City," PNP Spokesperson Bong Durana said in a press briefing Thursday.

The order comes after President Rodrigo Duterte ordered Espenido's reassignment, following public clamor in a speech before Ozamiz City residents at the Labo Airport Wednesday evening.

Malacañang said Duterte needs men like Espenido to stop the proliferation of illegal drugs.

"If you can recall, Espendio was successful in ridding that place of drug lords," Presidential Spokesperson Sal Panelo said. "Since his departure, the drug incidence there increased."

Panelo however clarified there is no need for a shoot-to-kill order, following Duterte's statement that he will wipe out the Parojinog clan.

Ozamiz City Mayor Reynaldo Parojinog Sr. and 14 others were killed in a police raid at their Misamis Occidental residence on July 30, 2017 back when Espenido was still the city's chief of police.

In his speech, Duterte threatened the surviving members of the Parojinog clan, including Vice Mayor Nova Parojinog, and nephew Reynaldo Parojinog Jr.

"Kanang pamilya na Parojinog undang na mo'g panghadlok," Duterte said. "I will wipe you from the face of the earth. Ingnan ta mo. Tilukon ta gyud mo diri. Hasta nang mga pulis. P***** i** bantay mo. Ipatawag ta lang mo sa Manila. Pag-abot sa airport, diha pa sa airport, ipa-ihaw ta na ka. L**** ninyo."

[Translation: The Parojinog family, stop threatening people. I will wipe you from the face of the eart. I'm telling you. I will really finish all of you off including the police. You better watch out. I'll have you called in Manila. When you arrive at the airport, I'll have you killed.]

Espenido, in  an interview with CNN Philippines, said he welcomed the order. He said he will continue filing charges against those involved in illegal drugs in the city.

"Talagang mabigyan natin ng totoong kapayapaan at saka 'yung demokrasya ang Ozamiz ulit," he said.

[Translation: We can give peace and democracy in Ozamiz City.]

Espenido was also Albuera, Leyte's chief of police when its mayor, Rolando Espinosa, Sr., was killed in a November 2016 shootout as police were attempting to serve a search warrant in the city's jail.