Concerned for his elder brother's life, SPO4 Ariel Espenido wants to join Chief Inspector Jovie Espenido on his next assignment in Iloilo City.
"Mas maganda kung masasamahan ko siya. Mas mapapanatag ang loob ko. Mainam din kasi na may kapatid kang kasangga sa ganitong bagay. May proprotekta sayo," said the elder Espenido.
[It would be better if I could be with him. I will have peace of mind. It is better to have a brother on your side. You will have someone to protect you.]
The Espenidos failed to meet Saturday when the Chief Inspector, a key enforcer of President Rodrigo Duterte's anti-drug campaign, was in Cebu for an official function.
The elder Espenido is stationed at the Cebu Provincial Police Office as head of the Special Weapons and Tactics team. He said that if the national police headquarters would allow him to follow his younger brother to Iloilo City, he is ready to leave Cebu.
Espenido said he constantly communicates with his brother over the phone and that he is aware of all the threats on his brother and their loved ones.
The President had on Monday announced that Espenido, currently chief of police at Ozamiz City, would be assigned to Iloilo City, a known shabu hotspot.
He said Espenido sought the assignment as he wanted to go after Iloilo City Mayor Jed Mabilog, who is on Duterte's list of alleged narco-politicians.
Espenido was chief of police of Albuera town in Leyte when Mayor Rolando Espinosa was arrested for illegal drugs. He was subsequently killed by police operatives in detention, when he allegedly fought back as they served search warrants.
Espenido's stint in Ozamiz City meanwhile saw the death of Mayor Reynaldo Parojinog and 15 others, including his wife, during a drug raid last month.