MANILA - Ozamiz City Vice Mayor Nova Parojinog and her brother Reynaldo Parojinog, Jr. on Tuesday underwent inquest proceedings at the Philippine National Police Custodial Center in Camp Crame, Quezon City.
The two were accused of violating the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act after a bloody raid on their homes that resulted in the death of their father, Ozamiz Mayor Reynaldo "Aldong" Parojinog, and 14 others.
Lawyer Ferdinand Topacio, who heads the legal team of the Parojinog siblings, said his clients were denied their right to preliminary investigation.
He added that the case has been submitted to a Department of Justice panel for resolution based only the evidence submitted by the Philippine National Police Criminal Investigation and Detection Group.
“Sinabi po namin na lumampas na po ang 36 hours ngunit ang kapasyahan po ng panel of prosecutors…ay ang kaso po ay dapat magpatuloy. [Para sa mga prosecutor], ito ay inquestable and the arrest is valid,” Topacio told reporters.
Topacio added that the siblings would like to return to their home province for their father's wake.
"Sila po ay nalulungkot pa rin po sa pagkamatay ng kanilang ama at humahanap po kami ng paraan kung papaano po sila ay makakapagbigay-pugay sa huling pagkakataon sa kanilang ama doon po sa Ozamiz City kung posible," he said.
The Parojinog siblings earlier underwent booking procedures at Camp Crame.
--Report from Henry Atuelan, DZMM