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.
Junior outside hitter Khalia Lanier is averaging 4.33 kills per set in 2018. (Sinead Chang | Daily Trojan)After splitting their games over the weekend, the women’s volleyball team will travel to Oregon this weekend. No. 15 USC will play No. 16 Oregon on Friday and Oregon State on Sunday. The Trojans faced both teams in October earlier this season at Galen Center. While USC defeated Oregon State in three sets, it was swept by Oregon. “I think we’ll be more disciplined to start,” senior libero Victoria Garrick said. “Then I think in the Oregon game being able to adjust to what they’re showing us early and making quick adjustments.”With a win, the Trojans will move ahead of Oregon in conference play, as both teams are 8-4 in Pac-12 play going into the game. Stanford leads the conference with a 12-0 record, but Washington State, USC and Oregon have the same record at 8-4.“I think when second place has four losses, it’s not that big of a deal, but it’s kind of a pride thing,” Garrick said. “We have some of our rivalries with those girls, so we definitely want to beat them at their home because they beat us here.” The Ducks are led in hitting by senior outside hitter Lindsey Vander-Weide, who is averaging 3.45 kills per set. Sophomore outside hitter Maddie Goings leads Oregon State in kills with an average of 3.36 per game. The Trojans have strength on their offensive side when it comes to hitting, as sophomore and junior outside hitters Brooke Botkin and Khalia Lanier average 4.50 and 4.33 kills respectively per set in conference. Aside form statistics, the team has spent more time preparing for the mental battle.“Oregon is going to have a lot of confidence because they beat us last time, so it’s going to be coming out early and shaking that confidence that they have,” Garrick said. “Oregon State is a team [that] we beat before pretty easily, but we can’t take that lightly.” Along with figuring out the mental game, the Trojans have studied footage and looked at stats. Having played both teams once before, they also have looked at their own game footage and figured out what areas need improvement. The last time the Trojans faced Oregon, they had 10 service errors and finished the game with a 54 percent side out percentage The Women of Troy know that these are areas to improve.“We are trying to pass more balls in system on serve receive, so [Tuesday], that’s we did for an hour,” Garrick said. “Just in system serve receive, hoping to pass 60 percent in system and that will make everyone happy.” Oregon is the 15th-ranked opponent that USC will have to face this season, and the Trojans so far defeated eight of those ranked opponents. USC has won 53 of 66 matchups against Oregon overall.After facing Oregon, the Trojans hope to add a couple wins to their record before returning home to take on both Washington schools. With Washington State holding the same conference record and a victory against them in their last meeting, the Trojans are looking to make this weekend count in preparation for next weekend.