Ozamiz City Mayor Reynaldo Parojinog and 11 others, together with his spouse Susan, brother Octavio and sister Mona, had been killed in a police raid early right this moment (Sunday, July 30).
The Regional Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG), together with the Misamis Occidental Police Provincial Office and the Ozamiz City Police Station raided the household residence at about 2.30am.
The authorities had a search warrant for the mayor, his daughter Nova Parojinog — the Vice Mayor of town — and a number of different relations.
According to police, the officers had been met with a “volley of fire” from the household’s safety personnel, prompting police to retaliate.
Speaking to Agence France-Presse, Superintendent Lemuel Gonda stated: “Police were serving a search warrant when the security guards of the mayor fired at them, so our policemen retaliated.”
However Jeffrey Ocang, an aide to the household, denied there had been an change of gunfire and stated the mayor’s camp didn’t fireplace a single shot.
Police stated none of their officers had been damage aside from one who sustained a minor harm from an explosion.
Aside from the mayor and three of his relations, additionally killed had been Miguel del Victoria, Nestor Cabalan, Daniel Vasquez, and one unidentified individual, who had been all members of the Barangay Peacekeeping Action Team (BPAT). Two folks recognized as ‘Lydia’ and ‘JR’ of Lumad TV had been additionally among the many lifeless.
The vice mayor Nova Parojinog and her brother Reynaldo Jr had been arrested.
Police say in addition they recovered grenades, ammunition and unlawful medicine in the raid.
The raiding staff additionally went to the house of Parojinog’s brother Ricardo, however he was not in. Police say they seized firearms, ammunition, medicine and drug paraphernalia from this residence.
Police additionally raided a farmhouse belonging to the household.
The Parojinog household was amongst these named by President Duterte in his checklist of presidency officers concerned in the drug commerce final 12 months. The household has strenuously denied the accusation.
Two different mayors the president named in his “drug list” had been killed final 12 months.
In November, Rolando Espinosa Sr, the jailed mayor of Albuera, Leyte, was killed throughout a nighttime raid on his cell.
The president has defended the 18 officers concerned in the deadly jail raid and ordered that they’re reinstated pending their trials for murder.
In October, Samsudin Dimakom, the mayor of the southern city of Saudi Ampatuan, was killed in a shootout at a police checkpoint on suspicion of carrying medicine.
Commenting on right this moment’s raid, presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella stated: “The administration vowed to intensify the drug campaign.”