President Rodrigo Duterte said during the 45th Philippine Business Conference and Expo on October 17 at the Manila Hotel that Bacolod is being badly hit by illegal drugs, a reason why he assigned Police Lieutenant Colonel Jovie Espenido their.
“Bacolod is badly hit now and I placed Espenido there. ‘Yung tinatakutan nila na pulis. Sabi ko, “Go there and you are free to kill everybody.” T*** i**** ‘yan. “Go, start killing them.” Ako nang – dalawa na tayong pa-preso,” President Duterte said.
“You know, one family of five, t*** i** ‘pag itong tatay bumagsak sa droga, the entire family becomes dysfunctional. Ang masakit diyan, kung mag-away na ‘yan — because there can never be peace in a family where there is a drug addict — wala ‘yan, sige away. Itong mga — itong mga babae, ‘yung 17 pepekehin ‘yan. Sabay ng nanay magpunta sa Middle East. Pagdating doon, patrabahuin, walang pagkain na husto, p***** i** aabusuhin pa,” the President said.
Lieutenant Colonel Espenido is now deputy city director for operations of Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO).