MANILA - Malacañang said on Sunday that the police raids in Ozamiz, which led to the death of its mayor Reynaldo Parojinog and several others, were part of the Duterte's administration's intensified drug campaign.
In a statement, presidential spokesperson Ernesto Abella confirmed the raids conducted by the police at the Parojinog residence also led to the arrest of Ozamiz Vice Mayor Nova Princess Parojinog-Eschavez and several other suspects.
"The administration vowed to intensify the drug campaign," said Abella. "The Parojinogs, if you would recall, are included in PRRD’s (President Rodrigo Roa Duterte) list of personalities involved in the illegal drug trade."
Supt. Lemuel Gonda, spokesperson of the Northern Mindanao police, earlier said policemen who were serving 6 search warrants for firearms in the properties of Parojinog and members of his family met violent resistance.
Aside from the mayor, among those killed were his wife Susan and Ozamiz board member Octavio Parojinog.
Mayor Parojinog was one of the local government officials named in Duterte's narco-list. His daughter meanwhile, was reportedly in a relationship with high-profile Bilibid inmate Herbert Colangco.
The mayor earlier denied any involvement in the illegal drugs trade but Northern Mindanao police director Chief Supt. Timoteo Pacleb said surveillance operations showed he was maintaining a private army.
Abella said authorities will be releasing more updates on the raid as soon as the information becomes available.