OnJuly 30, 2017 Ozamiz City’s Mayor Reynaldo Parojinog and 14 others were killedin a shootout led by Espenido who was serving search warrants at Parojinog’sproperties in barangays Baybay San Roque and Baybay Santa Cruz. BACOLOD City – This city is“shabulized”, according to Lieutenant Colonel Jovie Espenido, deputy directorfor operations of the Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO). “Mabentadaw dito…very easy magbili ng drugs. Tingnannatin kung hanggang kailan,” said Espenido. Espenido gave them until the end ofthis month. President Rodrigo Duterte orderedEspenido’s reassignment to Bacolod City in October last year with the specificgoal of eradicating illegal drugs in the city. “Ipakitaninyo na hindi si Espenido nag-iisa,” he said. “Matagal nang problema ito dito. Panay ang huli ng pulis pero bakithindi matapos.” InNovember 2016, Espenido was also the police chief of Albuera, Leyte when itsmayor, Rolando Espinosa Sr., was killed in a shootout as police were attemptingto serve a search warrant. BothParojinog and Espinosa were linked by President Duterte to illegal drugs. The reassignment, however, wasrecalled just days after by Duterte himself who said he was giving in to therequests of the residents of Ozamiz City not to transfer Espenido yet./PN He mentioned the Tolentino, Ramos,Cuadra, and Camaria groups but these mostly operate in Negros Occidental. But he expressed confidence that“everything has an end.” In Aug. 28, 2017 Espenido wasreassigned by the President from Ozamiz City to Iloilo City that he branded as“most shabulized.” “Panayang huli ng pulis…Marami palang drugs,” said Espenido yesterday uponreturning to the BCPO after an almost two-month break. He did not discount the possibilitythat it would be bloody but assured the people of Bacolod that policemen wouldbe upholding the rule of law. “Makikitasa mga nahuli lately that ang dami, pero bakit ganun pa rin,” lamented Espenido. “We are police officers, not killers.But if drug dealers resist arrest and fight us, we have to protect ourselves,”according to Espenido. Lieutenant Colonel Jovie Espenido. ABS-CBN NEWS He urged leaders and members ofvarious drug groups to stop their illegal activities, present themselves at theBCPO and help the city police make Bacolod drug-free. Beginning February, Espenido said, hisunit would be working aggressively to cleanse Bacolod City of illegal drugs. Espenido was the police chief ofOzamiz City prior to his Bacolod reassignment. He assured the people of BacolodCity that policemen uphold the rule of law and are true to their mission toserve and protect the public. But he won’t promise a bloodless drug war. He appealed for the cooperation of allpolicemen.