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Espenido denies drugs link, says he’s pro-life


By Glazyl Masculino 

BACOLOD CITY – Government drug war poster boy Lt. Col. Jovie Espenido said he has nothing to do with the drug-related killings in the province.

Espenido, who was head of the City Drug Enforcement Unit (CDEU) before he was relieved, was linked to the killings here because of his record in the drug war particularly when he was assigned in Ozamiz and Leyte.

Chief Inspector Jovie Espenido (JAY GANZON / MANILA BULLETIN)

Lt. Col. Jovie Espenido

“Maraming patayan sa Bacolod, kagagawan ko? Grabe sila. Ako na nga may problema (referring to his implication in the narco-list). “Isa lang ang amo ko. Ang Panginoon lang talaga, dependent ako kay God,” he said.

Espenido said those who are responsible for the killings are not exempted with consequences from God. “I have a conscience and I am pro-life,” he added.

“Wala tayong style na hoodlum-hoodlum. May Panginoon na nakatingin. Huwag magdesisyon na si Espenido talaga ang pumatay ng tao. Grabe naman kayo. May mga kapit-bahay kayo na pumapatay tapos ako ituro nyo?” he said.

He said policemen are not criminals but protectors of the people.

“I am not a police officer of Digong, but ng Sambayanang Pilipino. Ang police 56 years, ang president 6 years lang. Tayo mag analyze,” he said.

He said if there’s violation committed during police operations, there is a department in the police organization that conducts motu proprio investigation.

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