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Gamboa: Let provincial chief deal with Espenido’s ‘gag order breach’

By: - Reporter / @DYGalvezINQ
/ 06:34 PM February 22, 2020
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PNP chief Gen. Archie Gamboa. INQUIRER.net file photo / Krissy Aguilar

BAGUIO CITY, Philippines — Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Gen. Archie Gamboa will be leaving it up to the provincial director of Police Region 6 (PRO 6) to “deal accordingly” with Lt. Col. Jovie Espenido’s supposed violation of a gag order.

Espenido supposedly violated a gag order Gamboa had issued when he spoke out to the public about his dismay over being included to the government’s drugs watchlist.

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He also claimed that his inclusion on the drugs watchlist was a result of a failure of intelligence on the part of the PNP.

PRO 6 police director Brig. Gen. Rene Pamuspusan had already summoned Espenido to explain his violation, Gamboa revealed Saturday.

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He added that it will be up to Pamuspusan if Espenido will be pre-charged because of his act.

“Based on the appreciation of the explanation of Espenido, should it not convince the regional director, then an appropriate pre-charge would be executed. Otherwise, pwede ring hindi,” Gamboa told reporters in an interview at the Baguio City Police Office.

“I’m leaving it up to the regional director of Region 6 to do it,” he added.

Charges of insubordination would be too much of a punishment for Espenido, Gamboa said, as he understands the side of the beleaguered police lieutenant colonel.

“Bilang ama [As a father], I understand people because of emotions, naapektuhan ang pamilya kaya ayaw ko magsalita pero siya ang nagsalita ng una [the family had been affected that is why I do not want to talk but he was the first one who did it] so he will be dealt with accordingly,” he said.

Senator Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa, who himself was a PNP chief, earlier chided Espenido, saying that he should resign if he wants to continue speaking against the PNP.

Edited by JPV
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