first_imgGamboa said Pamuspusan had summonedEspenido to explain the police officials’ recent remarks. In a press conference at Camp Delgado– headquarters of the PRO-6 in Iloilo City – Espenido said he does not fearissuing statements despite the gag order. While the PRO-6 already clearedEspenido of any links to illegal drugs, Gamboa said the regional police officeis also looking at the police official’s defiance of an order to stopdiscussing in public his inclusion in the list of “narco cops” pending investigationresults. “You are still in the PNPorganization. You observe what should be observed. Talking indiscriminately isnot observing the proper decorum. Otherwise, kung gusto niya magsalita nang magsalita against thePNP, lumabassiya, umalis siya,” Dela Rosa said in media interview in CampCrame, Quezon City. (With a report fromthe Philippine News Agency/PN) Gamboa added that all intelligencereports on the alleged narco cops are confidential. The PRO-6 director is Police BrigadierGeneral Rene Pamuspusan who pronounced last week, “Wala namantayong reliableinformation or validated report that he is involved in illegal drugs, so he wascleared.” Philippine National Police chief Archie Gamboa. GMA NEWS MANILA – The fate of controversialPolice Lieutenant Colonel Jovie Espenido, the sacked deputy director foroperations of the Bacolod City Police Office, is to be decided by the PoliceRegional Office 6 (PRO-6), according to Philippine National Police (PNP) chief,General Archie Gamboa. It was Gamboa who issued the gagorder. He added: “This is my right. I have mypersonal right, ‘wag ninyo lang akongbawalan or else wala akong magawadin. Demokrasya tayo. Kung kasuhan ako, kung ito na lang ang paraan na ma-dismissako sa serbisyo, then let it be.” “Kungsakaling ano ang mangyari, kasi nagpa-interviewako, I (am ready to) suffer theconsequences,” Espenido told members of the media.center_img He previously gave a “generalinstruction” to policemen included in the drug watch list to remain silent onthe issue. In exchange for the gag order, hepromised that their identities will not be disclosed. In a press conference in Bacolod Cityon Feb. 19, Espenido said his name could have been “planted” on the list. Though vouching for Espenido’sintegrity, Dela Rosa advised him to leave the organization if he cannot keepquiet. According to Gamboa, based on theappreciation of Espenido’s explanation, “should it not convince Pamuspusan,then appropriate pre-charge would be executed. Otherwise, puwede ring hindi.” But Gamboa said Espenido’s commentingabout the drug watch list and PNP’s alleged “failure of intelligence” could notbe considered insubordination yet. “As a matter of procedure, thedirector of PRO-6 already took charge of that process,” said Gamboa at a pressbriefing in Baguio City over the weekend. On Feb. 20, former national police chiefand now senator Ronald Dela Rosa also took offense on Espenido’s recent actionswhich he said were putting the police institution in a bad light. Gamboa earlier vowed to deal withEspenido for granting media interviews despite the gag order he issued for allthe 356 policemen being investigated over alleged links to illegal drugs.last_img read more