Slain mayors Rolando Espinosa of Albuera, Leyte and Reynaldo Parojinog Sr. of Ozamiz City have extra in common than simply being politikos suspected of involvement in the unlawful drug commerce.
In a speech on the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption’s 19th anniversary, President Rodrigo Duterte stated Espinosa and Parojinog each used terror to silence their critics and keep in energy for years.
“Espinosa was lording it over doon sa Albuera, Leyte. At walang eleksyon doon. Pinapatay. At pati pulis na ayaw sumunod sa kanya, pinapatay… No political expression there,” he stated.
“Doon naman si Parojinog, almost two decades. Walang magsalita doon pari and you can buy shabu diyan sa sari-sari. ‘Di ka nga over-the-counter eh. It’s freely sold,” Duterte added.
Espinosa was shot useless inside his jail cell final November throughout what police referred to as a shootout as they had been serving a search warrant.
Parojinog, in the meantime, was killed in a pre-dawn police raid on his house on July 30.