Ozamiz City police chief transferred to Catanduanes

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Outgoing Ozamiz City police chief C/Insp. Jovie Espenido.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 15) —  The controversial Ozamiz City police chief linked to the deaths of mayors involved in illegal drugs has been transferred once again, this time to Catanduanes in Bicol.

C/Insp. Jovie Espenido, who was police chief when Ozamiz City Mayor Reynaldo Parojinog and 14 others were killed in raids conducted on July 2017, said he received a call from Camp Crame on Friday regarding his transfer.

READ: Ozamiz City Mayor, 14 others killed in police raids

"Nagpapasalamat ako sa inyo sa mga prayers at sa lahat ng mga tulong niyo sa akin at sa mga kapulisan ko sa Ozamiz Police Station," Espenido said in his spost.

[Translation: I thank you all for the prayers and for all the help I got from the Ozamiz City Police Station.]

Philippine National Police Chief Oscar Albayalde confirmed Espenido's transfer, adding that an order has already been issued.

"He is reassigned to Region V in Catanduanes. That is part of his career kasi meron siyang [since he has a] pending promotion," Albayalde said.

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.