Detained Sen. Leila de Lima on Tuesday claimed that Ozamiz massacre is the sequel of the notorious Kuratong Baleleng rubout case.
De Lima was referring to the killing of Ozamiz City Mayor Reynaldo Parojinog Sr. and a number of other others throughout a police anti-drug raid early daybreak of July 30.
“Twenty-two years after the original Kuratong Baleleng rub-out in 1995, some of our PNP officials still have not learned their lessons,” De Lima mentioned.
The Kuratong Baleleng, created in 1986 by Reynaldo’s late father, Octavio Parojinog, was an anti-communist vigilante group.
It later morphed right into a felony gang concerned in kidnapping and financial institution robberies. The gang’s leaders had been killed in an alleged shootout with police in Quezon City in 1995.
“Rub-outs, the one in 1995, the fairly recent killing of Mayor (Rolando) Espinosa at Albuera, Leyte and this latest one in Ozamiz, only serve to cut a single hydra head, only for more heads, and more violence, to sprout in its place,” mentioned De Lima, detained on the PNP Custodial Center on drug charges.
“We are not so naive as to believe that the Ozamiz Massacre was just another regular law enforcement operation. (President Rodrigo) Duterte knew of the Parojinogs’ and the Kuratong’s illegal activities all throughout his reign as Davao Mayor,” she mentioned.
De Lima, a critic of the President’s conflict on medicine, added, “They were kindred spirits in the vigilante trade and brothers-in-arms in the network of Mindanao’s vigilante groups.”