Iloilo City Police officials: Espenido not qualified as Chief of Police
President Rodrigo Roa Duterte assigned controversial Chief Inspector Jovie Espenido to his next mission field, Iloilo City. The President announced it during his speech in last Monday’s celebration of the National Heroes’ Day which was held at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.
“Your next assignment is Iloilo,” President Duterte said.
“Just follow the rules of engagement, the requirement of the performance of duty, which you have learned in your PNPA (Philippine National Police Academy) for almost four years,” the President added.
However, the Police officials in Western Visayas does not believe that Police Inspector Jovie Espenido is qualified become the police director of Iloilo City. PRO-6 spokesperson Superintendent Gilbert Gorero said that Espenido is only qualified as chief of police of stations under the Iloilo City Police Offic (ICPO) or Iloilo Police Provincial Office (IPPO).
“Iloilo City is a highly-urbanized city. To head the ICPO, a police officer should have the rank of Senior Superintendent. Unlike Iloilo City, Ozamis City is just a component city of Misamis Occidental,” Gorero said.
Espenido’s rank, Chief Inspector is two ranks below the minimum requirement to become police director of Iloilo City or the province.
There were also rumors that Espenido might be promoted to Superintendent so that he will be qualified as police director of Iloilo City.
“(But) even if Espenido would be promoted one rank higher (to Superintendent), he is still not qualified to head the ICPO or IPPO. He has to be promoted to Senior Superintendent. But so far, never in Philippine National Police (PNP) history has a poloice officer been moved two ranks higher in a spot promotion,” Gorero said in a statement.
On the other hand, Wednesday afternoon, Senior Superintendent Remus Zacharias Canieso- ICPO director received Special Order 8813 from General Ronald Dela Rosa-Philippine National Police (PNP) director. The order is transferring him to the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) as chief of the Directorial staff. Canieso is promoted one rank higher, a one-star general. He welcomed his transfer to ARMM.
Espenido is now installed as “Officer-in-charge” (OIC) of Iloilo City instead. He was not installed as Chief of Police. In connection with the position given to him, he is bound with limitations. He will not be able to disburse funds for operations he is going to initiate as he needs to do the budget of former Iloilo Police chief Senior Superintendent Zacharias Canieso had requested. He has no right to remove or appoint personnel and he has to work with the officials who said that he is not qualified to become “Chief of Police”.
Despite all of the issues, Espenido is not troubled. He is still firm in his decisions and even threatened Mayor Mabilog to cooperate when he assumes his new post as OIC. He said that Mabilog has to cooperate if he wants to live longer.
“My faith is very strong.” Mabilog said in a statement.
“Faith without action is dead.” Espenido’s motto.