Earlier yesterday, Department ofInterior and Local Government secretary Eduardo Año said Espenido’s name shouldhave been removed from the “narco list” given the police officer’s pastvalidations and his efforts in the governmen’’s war on drugs. The President’s statements should alsonot influence the Philippine National Police’s investigation on Espenido, saidPanelo, as the Chief Executive’s views on the police official could change if“credible evidence” is presented. “Panayang huli ng pulis…Marami palang drugs,” said Espenido. “Kungpapakitaan siya (Duterte) ng mga bagong ebidensya na nagpapakitang involved siya (Espenido) eh di ibang usapan ‘yun,” Panelo said. “The President always relieson the presumption of innocence of all people unless you show him na hindi.”Espenido was among the 357 police officers under investigation over allegeddrug links. He had previously earned praise from Duterte for his contributionsto the campaign against illegal drugs. Presidential spokesperson SalvadorPanelo said President Rodrigo Duterte did not exonerate Espenido – who wasincluded in the latest government narco list – despite saying the latter was“clean” and speculating that there is a smear campaign to derail thegovernment’s war on drugs. “’Yungmga nakaraang validation, siguro dapat na-clear nasiya. I don’t know bakit nagingmabagal ‘yung validation of the Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-IllegalDrugs (ICAD),” said Año yesterday. Even as Espenido tagged Bacolod City“shabulized”, he expressed confidence that “everything has an end.” Aside from being the deputy directorfor operations of the Bacolod City Police Office, Espenido also headed the CityDrug Enforcement Unit – for only three months since October 2019 when he wasassigned to Bacolod City. Espenido was removed from Bacolod Citysome two weeks after describing the metro as “shabulized”. MANILA – Controversial PoliceLieutenant Colonel Jovie Espenido, the sacked deputy director for operations ofthe Bacolod City Police Office, is not yet off the hook. “Yungpinamalas niya na paglaban sa droga doon saOzamiz City, napakalaking factor ‘yun para mag-serve in his favor,” Anoadded, referring to Espenido’s anti-illegal drugs operation against theParojinog clan in Ozamiz City in 2017.Espenido was also the police chief of Albuera, Leyte when the town’s then mayorRolando Espinosa, a drug suspect, was shot dead inside his jail cell in 2016 ina police operation to serve a search warrant. The secretary revealed that Espenidowas included in the drug watch list in December 2016 yet. “Mabentadaw dito…very easy magbili ng drugs. Tingnannatin kung hanggang kailan,” said Espenido./PN
By Bob Christie THE ASSOCIATED PRESS PHOENIX – Two dogs found buried at a home belonging to rapper DMX had serious wounds, authorities investigating animal neglect allegations said Saturday. One of the dogs had serious bite wounds and another had trauma to its abdomen, but exact causes of death were not determined, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio said. “Someone’s going to have to pay for this,” the sheriff said. “We have 12 dogs who were abused and three dogs buried in the yard – someone’s going to have to pay.” A lawyer for the 36-year-old rapper, whose real name is Earl Simmons, has said DMX was not at the home during the raid, hadn’t been there for months and was paying caretakers and veterinarians to care for his animals. Murray Richman on Saturday questioned how the sheriff could connect his client to any alleged animal abuse. “How do you attribute activities to a person who has not been there, when they have knowledge that other persons have been,” Richman said. “Is it because of the celebrity nature?”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A third dog carcass had been burned so badly an exam was inconclusive. The remains were dug up on Aug. 24, when sheriff’s investigators probing allegations of animal neglect raided the rapper’s home in north Phoenix. Authorities also seized 12 live pit bulls, numerous weapons and about a quarter-ounce of marijuana in a bedroom, Arpaio said. The sheriff initially said a half-pound of suspected narcotics was found, but tests showed the substance was not illegal drugs. No charges had been filed against the rapper or anyone else, but Arpaio said that may change.