Philippine National Police chief Director General Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa has defended the choice of Region 10’s Criminal Investigation and Detection Group to serve search warrants on the home of Ozamiz City Mayor Reynaldo Parojinog Sr. earlier than daybreak Sunday (July 30), saying such paperwork might be served anytime.
In a press convention Monday (July 31) at Camp Crame, Dela Rosa mentioned “every time is a legal time” to serve a search warrant.
“Walang sinabi sa search warrant na kailangan i-serve mo yan only during office hours,” he mentioned.
Dela Rosa mentioned the police can determine when to serve the search warrant “in order to gain maximum advantage” or to keep away from tipping off a suspect that his property will probably be raided.
“We have to dictate the tempo. We have to dictate the schedule,” he mentioned.
Parojinog, his spouse and 13 others had been killed when members of the CIDG Region 10 got here to serve a search warrant at their home.
According to the police report, the police operatives had been met with a “volley of gunfire” upon arriving on the Parojinog’s residence, prompting them to shoot again.
Among the homes lined by the six search warrant obtained by the police had been these of Parojinog, his daughter Vice Mayor Nova Princess Parojinog-Echavez and City Councilor Ricardo Parojinog.
Nova Princess and her brother, Reynaldo Parojinog Jr., have been dropped at Camp Crame from Ozamiz for processing.