Dela Rosa on Espenido being in drug watchlist: “I am vouching for his integrity.”

Marje Pelayo   •   February 20, 2020   •   521

MANILA, Philippines – Senator Ronald dela Rosa wants to know the person who included the name of P/Lt. Col. Jovie Espenido in the government’s drug watchlist or list of cops linked to illegal drug trade.

Senator dela Rosa said it surprised him to hear that Espenido’s name was on the list when it wasn’t the case when he was still the chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP).

Hindi ko nakita noong panahon ko, otherwise, hindi ko iyan i-a-appoint (I didn’t see (his name) during my time, otherwise, I wouldn’t have appointed him),” the Senator said.

Dela Rosa transferred Espenido from Albuera, Leyte to Ozamiz City.

Espenido spearheaded the raids that resulted in the killing of then Mayor Reynaldo Parojinog Sr. and the downfall of the Parojinog drug chain.

Given Espenido’s service history, dela Rosa expressed doubt as to how his name ended up in the President’s drug watchlist.

“Saan galing yan? Lumabas lang out of thin air? (Where did it come from? Did it appear out of thin air?),” the former PNP Chief said.

He urged that the PNP leadership should investigate how it happened, adding that there might be a ‘syndicate’ inside the PNP who wanted to dishonor their comrades.

“Dapat ungkatin ng PNP kung sino ang gumawa ng report na iyan, most likely sindikato na pulis ang gumawa noon (The PNP should investigate who made that report. It’s most likely a syndicate of cops who did that),” dela Rosa noted.

“Dahil kung andyan pa iyang mga pulis na iyan most likely meron na naman iyang gagawing kalokohan sa ibang kasamahan nila na makakalaban nila (Because if those cops are still in position, most likely they will repeat their follies against other cops who oppose them),” the Senator added.

Senator dela Rosa clarified that Espenido still has his full trust and similar to President Duterte, he doesn’t believe Espenido is involved in illegal drugs trade.

“He is my man I am vouching for his integrity,” dela Rosa said of Espenido.

“Kilala ko siya na matino siya (I have known him as a straight cop),” he concluded. MNP (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

Self-confessed drug Lord Kerwin Espinosa, tuloy pa rin ang illegal drug trade kahit nakakulong – Espenido

Robie de Guzman   •   June 10, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Hindi pa rin umano tumitigil sa kalakalan ng iligal na droga ang self-confessed drug lord na si Kerwin Espinosa.

Sa ekslusibong ulat ni Correspondent Lea Ylagan sa UNTV Ito Ang Balita ngayong Miyerkules, sinabi ni Police Lieutenant Colonel Jovie Espenido na tuloy pa rin si Espinosa sa pagbebenta ng iligal na droga kahit naka-detine ito sa pasilidad ng National Bureau of Investigation (NBI).

Katunayan aniya nito ay ang pagkakapaslang sa ilan nitong tauhan, kabilang na ang isang nagngangalang Ryan Labandaria, sa isang operasyon ng Philippine National Police Drug Enforcement Group (PDEG) at National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) sa Lower Bicutan, Taguig City noong May 23.

Nakumpiska sa naturang operasyon ang nasa 12 kilo ng hinihinalang shabu na nagkakahalaga ng P81.6 milyon.

Sinabi rin ni Espenido na mga tauhan rin ni Espinosa ang dalawang magkapatid na sina Angelica at Maria Lyn Tulio na nahuli sa sinalakay na warehouse sa Marilao, Bulacan noong nakaraang linggo kasama ang isang Chinese national na nakilalang si Yuwen Cai.

Nakuha sa mga ito ang nasa 827 kilo ng hinihinilang shabu na nagkakahalaga ng P5.1 bilyon.

Inihayag rin ni Espenido na isa rin sa mga drug courier ni Espinosa si Danny Apiga na pinaslang sa Macapagal Boulevard kamakailan kasama ang isang Chinese national na si Jin Long Cai, na anak naman umano ng Chinese drug suspect na nahuli sa Bulacan.

“Mga tauhan lahat ni mayor, yung Ryan galing yan sa Albuera. Courier yan courier, mga kinuha yan,” ani Espenido.

Ayon naman sa hepe ng PDEG na si Brigadier General Romeo Caramat, patuloy pa nilang sinusuri ang natanggap nilang impormasyon ukol kay Espinosa.

“Meron kaming unvalidated info pero vini-verify pa namin to be sure,” ani Caramat.

Naniniwala si Espenido na hindi naging hadlang kay Espinosa ang pagkakadetine nito dahil mas lumawak pa ang drug operation nito.

“Powerful na eh, mas grabe ka-powerful s’ya kung i-compare mo noong una. Mas powerful s’ya ngayon kasi, yung nga, naka-detain na nakalaro pa,” ayon sa opisyal.

“Actually Pampanga, Bulacan, Cavite, Pasay at saka Taguig ang area nila. Actually ang mga tao dito sa Albuera, lahat dinala ni Kerwin doon sa Luzon,” dagdag pa niya.

Si Espenido ang nanguna sa mga raid na inilunsad ng pulisya sa mga bahay ng mag-amang Espinosa noong 2016 noong siya pa ang hepe ng Albuera Police sa Leyte.

Nasawi sa operasyon ang ama ni Kerwin na si Rolando Espinosa Senior na alkalde noon ng bayan ng Albuera. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Lea Ylagan)

Espenido to face probe for speaking out on drug list inclusion

Aileen Cerrudo   •   February 19, 2020

Police Lieutenant Colonel Jovie Espenido

The Philippine National Police (PNP) will conduct an investigation on Police Lieutenant Colonel Jovie Espenido for speaking out on his inclusion in the drug watchlist.

PNP Chief PGen. Archie Gamboa said that he will handle the issue 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,” he said.

Gamboa said that the PNP has a general instruction to over 300 policemen included in the narco list to remain mum on the issue especially when the adjudication process is still ongoing.

Espenido, on Tuesday (February 18), denied his involvement in drugs and said that there was a failure in the intel on the drug watchlist.—AAC (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

Duterte can scrap PH-US Visiting Forces Agreement without Senate approval – Palace

Robie de Guzman   •   January 24, 2020

President Rodrigo Duterte

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte can terminate the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) between the Philippines and the United States (US) even without the concurrence of the Senate, Malacañang said on Friday.

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo issued the statement after the president threatened to scrap the VFA if the US government does not reverse the cancellation of Senator Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa’s visa.

“Because it (VFA) is an executive agreement so he can cancel it without the approval of the Senate,” Panelo said.

Dela Rosa on Wednesday confirmed to media that he is not allowed to travel to the US for now after he received notification about his visa cancellation.

The senator said the exact reason on why his US visa was cancelled remains unclear but he heard reports it might be linked to the Duterte administration’s war on drugs that he spearheaded when he was the chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP) from 2016 to 2018.

The VFA, signed by Manila and Washington in 1998, is a bilateral deal which outlines the guidelines for the conduct of government troops when they are visiting the US or the Philippines.

Panelo said the US government should not intervene with the Philippines’ internal issues.

The Palace official also believes the president’s threat to cancel the VFA will not affect Filipino workers in the US. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Rosalie Coz)

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