Published: Wed, August 02, 2017
Worldwide | By Sean Reid

Philippine mayor accused of drug ties by Duterte dies in police raid

Philippine mayor accused of drug ties by Duterte dies in police raid

Mr. Parojinog is the third mayor killed in the police raids against the drug trade.

He revealed the police were armed with at least six search warrants issued by a regional court following confirmed reports that the Parojinogs kept high-powered firearms, ammunition and illegal drugs inside their heavily-guarded and sprawling compound. "We were shocked. We could not believe it", said a relative close to the mayor.

Police Regional Office (PRO)-Northern Mindanao spokesperson Lemuel Gonda said the order that set aside Espenido's suspension order did not cite any reasons for the cancellation. He says "he can really dig deeper and the truth will come out". Taken were alleged illegal drugs and drug paraphernalia.

Investigations by the National Bureau of Investigation and a Senate panel recommended charges be laid against the police involved in the killings.

Duterte, in several of his news conferences and public events, has waved a thick book he said contained names of officials suspected of drug links.

"Tatawagin ko 'yung mga mayor, i-lock ko, kami-kami lang. Sabihin ko talaga, 'Ganoon kakapal 'yung 'pinakita ko sa inyo. Putang ina, 'pag nandiyan pangalan mo, may problema ka,'" he warned. I will really tell them, "The list I gave you is this thick".

Among those killed were Miguel del Victoria, Nestor Cabalan, Daniel Vasquez, a certain Lydia and a JR of Lumad TV; and Parojinog's sister Mona and still-unidentified persons some of them were members of the Barangay Peacekeeping Action Team (BPAT).

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Months ago, Duterte vowed to kill more in his continued anti-drug fight; he even revealed at the time that he will ask the military to help in the war against drugs dealers in the country.

"During the implementation of search warrant, the operating police personnel encountered volley of fire from the security of the Parojinog, which prompted them to retaliate with their own fire".

Reynaldo Parojinog's daughter, Nova Princess Parojinog-Echavez, deputy mayor of Ozamiz, was among "scores" of people arrested, according to Ernesto Abella, a spokesman for Duterte.

Carim said the Parojinog siblings have feared for their lives if they are transported without the presence of their lawyer.

Meanwhile, the vice mayor and her brother are arrested.

He disclosed the raid resulted in the confiscation of heavy weapons like grenade launchers, rifles, handguns, improvised bombs and a huge cache of the illegal drug shabu or methamphetamine hydrochloride from the houses of the clan members located inside the compound.

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