Coincidence? Two mayors killed under Espenido’s watch
Death and controversy apparently follow Chief Inspector Jovie Espenido wherever he goes.
Espenido is currently the police chief of Ozamiz City whose mayor, Reynaldo Parojinog Sr., was killed in a pre-dawn raid by a team from the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group Region 10 (CIDG-10).
Only nine months ago, Espenido was the police chief of Albuera, Leyte when the town mayor, Rolando Espinosa, was gunned down in a pre-dawn raid in his jail cell by a CIDG-8 team led by the controversial Supt. Marvin Marcos.
Espenido was transferred to Ozamiz City last December, or a month after Espinosa was gunned down. Espenido himself was surprised why he was shuffled when he was in the middle of a crackdown on illegal drugs.
Interestingly, Espenido was serving a suspension less than two weeks ago before the killing of Parojinog Sunday.
Last July 13, Philippine National Police Chief Batodela Rosa lifted Espenido’s 90-day suspension arising from a complaint by Ormoc City Mayor Richard Gomez (who wasn’t amused by Espenido’s accusation that he was a drug protector of Espinosa and his son Kerwin).
On July 14, Parojino and his daughter, Vice Mayor Nova Parojinog, presented Espenido with a certificate of commendation for his “efforts, time and professionalism.”
In the two cases, both Parojinog and Espinosa were tagged by President Rodrigo Duterte as narcopolitikos or local government officials who use their power to protect the illegal drug trade in their respective turf.
The two were killed under suspicious circumstances – both were killed by CIDG teams just a few hours after midnight and with search warrants in hand; and the CIDG teams claimed the two mayors were killed because they fought back.
Coincidence? You be the judge.