FOR acting like a “celebrity” and giving media interviews left and right after he was tagged as among the 357 policemen being investigated for their alleged links to illegal drugs, Lieutenant Colonel Jovie Espenido will face another internal investigation for breaking police protocols.
According to PNP chief General Archie Francisco F. Gamboa, the claim of Espenido that there was a “failure of intelligence” on the part of the PNP when his name was included in the list of 357 police personnel would be dealt with internally.
“Leave it to us. It’s purely an internal issue, I will deal with Espenido squarely as the Chief PNP and he being a member of the PNP,” Gen. Gamboa said.
The PNP chief said there was a general instruction for the 357 policemen included in the drug watchlist to remain silent on the issue pending validation. Despite being repeatedly asked by the media to identify the 357 or give any clues on their identities, Gen. Gamboa had said their names will remain a secret since they are still considered innocent until proven guilty.
“Sabi ko nga we’re coming up with social media protocols for PNP personnel because you have to resort to our own internal mechanism. So why Espenido? That’s why I will deal with him internally,” he said.
Espenido yesterday morning held another press conference at the Bacolod City Police Office where he denied his involvement in the drug trade and enumerated his role in major anti-drug operations since the start of the Duterte administration.
Officials earlier told the Journal Group they are hurting from unnecessary remarks regarding alleged “failure of intelligence” made by Espenido.
However, sources said Gen. Gamboa won’t be affected by Espenido’s statements and would just wait for the outcome of the final adjudication being conducted by the National Headquarters adjudication board.
The Palace also had spoken and said that President Duterte can still change his position on Espenido.
Presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo said that the President also did not exonerate Espenido when he said the police official was ‘clean.’
Other officials said it was ‘very unbecoming of an officer and a gentleman’ for Espenido when he stated there was a failure of police intelligence amid the inclusion of his name in the list of 357 police officers and men being investigated for their reported links to illegal drugs.