NAGSALITA NA Si SEN. LACSON SA MADUGONG RAID AT PAGKAPATAY KAY OZAMIZ CITY MAYOR PAROJINOG !

Senator Panfilo Lacson weighs in on the killing. In a statement, he said "Whatever are the circumstances of the deaths, at least this time, the mayor and the others killed were not under detention in a government facility."

While the deaths of Ozamiz Mayor Reynaldo Parojinog and 13 others during a raid has similarities to the death of former Albuera, Leyte mayor Rolando Espinosa, “at least” the Parojinogs were not killed while inside a detention facility, Senator Panfilo Lacson said Sunday.

“Whatever the circumstances of the deaths [are], at least this time, the mayor and the others killed were not under detention in a government facility,” Lacson said on Sunday.

“They were reportedly in the mayor’s farm/residence and capable of shooting it out with the authorities,” he added.

The senator said that based on initial reports on the police operation, there was no reason yet for the Senate to look into it.

Parojinog, his wife Susan, provincial board member Octavio Parojinog Jr., and nine others were killed in a pre-dawn drug raid on Parojinog’s home on Sunday.

Chief Inspector Jovie Espenido, Ozamiz City police chief, led the operation aimed at recovering loose firearms reportedly being kept inside the mayor’s residential compound.

Espenido was the chief of police of Albuera, Leyte, whose former mayor, Rolando Espinosa, was killed by policemen inside his detention cell last November.

Last December, Espenido was transferred to Ozamiz City.

Lacson also said that Octavio Parojinog Sr., the father of Mayor Parojinog and board member Octavio Jr., was the founder of Kuratong Baleleng.

“While the group started as an anti-communist group under the supervision of the military in that area, overtime, they were reportedly transformed into a criminal group engaged in KFR [kidnap for ransom], robberies, extortion and other illegal activities,” he said.

The Parojinogs came to national attention after their names appeared on President Rodrigo Duterte’s list of personalities allegedly linked to illegal drugs trade.

Duterte said Mayor Parojinog is the father-in-law of Herbert Colanggo, one of the top drug lords in the country.


Earlier this year, a Senate committee chaired by Lacson found irregularities in the killing of another mayor linked to the drug trade – Albuera mayor Rolando Espinosa.


Lacson noted Espinosa was killed inside subprovincial jail – a government facility – and found other signs that the killing of Espinosa was premeditated by local police.

Meanwhile, Lacson also noted the slain mayor’s father Octavio Sr., a.k.a. Ongkoy, was the founder of the Kuratong Baleleng gang.

“While the group started as an anti-communist group under the supervision of the military in that area, over time, they were reportedly transformed into a criminal group engaged in KFR, robberies, extortion, and other illegal activities,” he said.

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