Police Regional Office-6 (PRO-6) director, Police Brigadier General Rene Pamuspusan, announced they have probable cause to file administrative charges against former Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO) deputy director, Police Lt. Colonel Jovie Espenido, for violating the gag order issued by Philippine National Police (PNP) chief, Police General Archie Francisco Gamboa.
In a press conference yesterday morning, following an assessment by the Regional Investigation and Detective Management Division, he said Espenido will undergo summary hearings.
The former BCPO official, along with several other police officers said to have links with illegal drugs, were earlier ordered by Gamboa to remain silent. However, Espenido hosted a press conference last month at the BCPO where he expressed suspicions of an “influential politician” being responsible for his inclusion on the reported drugs watchlist.
“I cannot really pinpoint but one thing I can tell you—greedy, a greedy kind of person,” he said.
Meanwhile, in response to Pamuspusan’s report, Espenido said he was defending his dignity. In addition, he also affirmed receiving an order from the PRO-6 director to submit an explanation as to why he violated the gag order.
Espenido is presently assigned under the PRO-6 Regional Personnel Holding and Accounting Unit.
The PNP is also scheduled to release their findings this week if Espenido and the other police officers in the drugs watchlist are indeed involved in illegal drug activities./DGB, WDJ