A controversial police officer may have to put off his vacation plans after the Philippine National Police (PNP) leadership revoked the 90-day suspension slapped against him.
Police Chief Inspector Jovie Espenido was suspended following a complaint filed by Ormoc City Mayor Richard Gomez in 2016 for alleging that the local chief executive has connections to the alleged illegal drug operations of the late Albuera, Leyte mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr.
Espinosa was killed inside his prison cell last year under suspicious circumstances, with police officers involved in the operations indicted and later on reinstated by the PNP leadership. His son Kerwin is being jailed for drug-related offenses.
“Ninety days Preventive Suspension of PCINSP Jovie Rodriguez Espenido 0-21251, PRO 10 as published in Special Orders No. 7072 NHQ July 7, 2017 is hereby cancelled/set aside effective July 13, 2017,” reads a portion of the order from police national command shared by PNP-10 spokesperson Superintendent Lemuel Gonda to reporters Tuesday (July 18).
The order, issued on July 13, 2017, was approved by PNP Director General Ronald dela Rosa.
Espenido said he was informed on the matter the next day, but that he has not received a formal notice.
The police officer said he is on “floating” status since he no longer reported for duty beginning Monday, July 17, adding that he has not received any reassignment order.
Espenido served as the chief of Ozamiz City police office from December 20. 2016 to July 16, 2017.
In late 2016, Espenido was appointed police chief of Ozamiz’s City, where he was embroiled in several controversies.
He was accused of slapping a suspect in March, a video footage of which went viral on social media.
Last month, the police officer figured in another controversy when the some officers from the Ozamiz police reportedly displayed and left nine cadavers to dry on a pavement. The bodies belonged to the men who had been killed by law enforcers in a police operation. (Jigger J. Jerusalem/PNA)