first_img“I think the PNP leadership sees itas a violation of the instruction. As regional police director I initiatedan investigation,” said Pamuspusan. He added: “This is my right. I have mypersonal right. ‘Wag ninyo lang akongbawalan or else wala akong magawadin. Demokrasya tayo. Kung kasuhan ako, kung ito na lang ang paraan na ma-dismissako sa serbisyo, then let it be.” “Kungsakaling ano ang mangyari, kasi nagpa-interviewako, I will suffer the consequences,”Espenido said. “You are still in the PNPorganization. You observe what should be observed. Talking indiscriminately isnot observing the proper decorum. Otherwise, kung gusto niya magsalita nang magsalita against thePNP, lumabassiya, umalis siya,” Dela Rosa said in media interview in CampCrame. President Duterte said in an interviewwith GMA 7’s 24 Oras on Saturday evening that intelligence information gatheredby his “trusted men” proved Espenido was not involved in illegal drug trade. Pamuspusan said he ordered Espenido toexplain. Espenido is currently detailed at thePRO-6’s Regional Personnel Holding and Accounting Unit while waiting for theresult of Camp Crame’s investigation on his alleged drug links. Talking to Iloilo journalists Thursdaylast week, Espenido said he does not fear issuing a statement despite a gagorder. In his Bacolod City press conference,on the other hand, Espenido accused unnamed “influential politicians” ofscheming to include his name in the government’s list of policemen with allegedlinks to illegal drugs, but he did not say if these politicians were based inBacolod City or Negros Occidental, or elsewhere in the country.  Former national police chief and nowsenator Ronald Dela Rosa also took offense on Espenido’s recent actions whichhe said were putting the police institution in a bad light. The press conference of Police Lieutenant Colonel Jovie Espenido was inappropriate; it was not authorized by the Philippine National Police leadership, says Police Brigadier General Rene Pasmuspusan, Western Visayas police director. IAN PAUL CORDERO/PNcenter_img Though vouching for Espenido’sintegrity, Dela Rosa advised him to leave the organization if he cannot keepquiet. Espenido questioned his inclusion inthe watch list and criticized the police organization for “failure of intelligence”despite Gamboa’s order for the over 300 policemen in the watch list not todiscuss the matter while verification is ongoing.  ILOILO City – Sacked Bacolod CityPolice Office deputy director for operations Police Lieutenant Colonel JovieEspenido is “very apologetic” but may still face an administrative charge forviolating the gag order of General Archie Franciso Gamboa, Philippine NationalPolice (PNP) chief. Police Brigadier General RenePasmuspusan, Western Visayas police director, confirmed having started aninvestigation on Espenido’s holding of an “unauthorized press conference” inBacolod City on Feb. 19 and discussing with Iloilo journalists on Feb. 20 hisinclusion in the government’s drug watch list. Meanwhile, President Rodrigo Duterteonce again expressed his trust and confidence in Espenido. Pamuspusan already cleared Espenido onthis matter. He said the PRO-6 has no evidence but added that Camp Came “baka may iba pa silang evidence na hindi namin nakuha dito.” “So the final say is still with CampCrame,” said Pamuspusan. “During our initial talk, he saidhe was willing to be investigated. He was very apologetic to the Chief PNPbut I told him we have to follow PNP regulations,” said Pamuspusan. “Malinis‘yan si Espenido. He’s a victim of anorchestrated effort to discredit him,” said Duterte./PNlast_img

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