NONE of the Parajinogs deserve being “murdered,” detained Sen. Leila de Lima mentioned on Tuesday.
Ozamiz City Mayor Reynaldo Parojinog; his spouse, Susan; his brother Octavio Parojinog Jr.; a board member, and 11 of the household’s safety staff members had been killed in an alleged shootout with policemen on the early daybreak of July 30.
Parojinog, son of Octavio Parajinog Sr. who shaped the Kuratong Baleleng, was among the many alleged narco-politicians within the listing of President Rodrigo Duterte. “Let us be clear about this. None of them deserve being murdered,” De Lima mentioned.
“They deserve being brought to justice for all their crimes, but not being murdered in cold blood. Their being Mindanao’s warlords and mafia bosses does not justify their murder,” she mentioned.
She mentioned the Parojinog’s and their Kuratong Baleleng’s crimes don’t justify their homicide, in the identical approach that Duterte’s and his DDS’s (Davao Death Squad) crimes in Davao City don’t justify his homicide.
“What we need is the rule of law. But with Duterte—the founder of the most prominent vigilante group of Mindanao—as President, rule of law seems to be the last thing that will prevail,” she mentioned.
“Let us not fool ourselves. The massacre of the Parojinog’s is not even street justice,” mentioned De Lima, detained on the Phil. National Police Custodial Center on drug charges.
“It is the plain and simple extermination of former comrades in the cause of vigilantism who have outlived their relevance, now that one of them has captured State power,” she mentioned.