BACOLOD City – Mayor Evelio Leonardia is giving Police Lieutenant Colonel Jovie Espenido’s “shabulized” tag a positive spin.
Leonardia called Espenido’s pronouncement a “positive development,” touting the reduced crime and high volume of apprehensions and confiscations in this capital city.
“We have to give credit to BCPO (Bacolod City Police Office) director Colonel Henry Biñas and to our police forces for lowering the volume of crime in Bacolod City,” Leonardia said.
Espenido, deputy director for operations of the BCPO, recently branded this capital city as “shabulized” to emphasize his assessment that the city has a “big” drug problem.
Espenido also said that illegal drugs still exists despite the police’s intensive drug war, citing the big volume of drug recovery by the police and the arrest of some drug personalities.
“If you talk about a local government unit’s attention to illegal drugs, we are one of the few who have spent big,” he added.
“If the BCPO concentrates [on] peace and order and Espenido concentrates [on] the antidrug campaign, maybe it [will] serve as a solution to clean up the city,” Leonardia went on.
Yesterday, the mayor led a turning over ceremony for the P5 million worth of Vista Alegre-Granada Relocation Elementary School (VAGRES) and school supplies worth about P14 million to all district schools at VAGRES in Progreso Village, in this city’s Barangay Vista Alegre.
During the ceremony, Leonardia announced that the city allocated about P350 million from the P1.7 billion loan of the city for the development of the Progreso Village Relocation Site of the said barangay./PN