Controversy seems to follow Chief Inspector Jovie Espenido.
Before he was assigned to head the Ozamiz City Police Office, he was the chief of the Albuera Police in Leyte when then town mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr. was shot dead by Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) agents inside his detention cell in Baybay City in November 2016.
Espenido was reassigned to Ozamiz City in Misamis Occidental a month later, or in December 2016. More than six months later, on July 7, 2017, Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Ronald dela Rosa issued a special order placing Espenido on preventive suspension for 90 days effective July 17.
The suspension order was issued in relation to the complaint filed by Ormoc City Mayor Richard Gomez against Espenido last year. Espenido had accused Gomez of involvement in the alleged illegal drug operations of Espinosa, an allegation that Gomez has denied.
The suspension order was, however, cancelled effective July 13 and Espenido, instead of going on vacation, reported back to work at the Ozamiz Police Office.
Two weeks later, police and CIDG agents swooped down on six properties of Ozamiz City Mayor Reynaldo Parojinog and his family. The mayor, his wife Susan and brother Octavio Jr. were among 15 persons killed in the simultaneous raids.
Read more: http://www.sunstar.com.ph/network/news/2017/07/31/controversy-tracks-chief-inspector-jovie-espenido-555825