Parojinogs ordered executions, faked drug war wins: Espenido

Jamaine Punzalan, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 09 2017 08:57 AM | Updated as of Aug 09 2017 09:13 AM

MANILA - The Parojinogs, Ozamiz City's top political family, had ordered summary executions and reported fake accomplishments in anti-drugs operations, the police chief who led a bloody raid against the clan said Wednesday. 

Citing information from residents, Ozamiz police chief Insp. Jovie Espenido said Vice Mayor Nova Princess Parojinog and her relative, Ardot, were behind majority of the killings tied to their family. 

"Si Ardot, iyun kasi talaga ang parang executioner talaga at saka iyung vice mayor na masahol pa sa papa niya," Espenido said in a phone interview with DZMM. 

"Nakarinig na tayo na since pa, marami nang pinatay. Ihulog lang sa maski saan-saan na lang -- may sa dagat." 

(Ardot is the executioner, together with the vice mayor who is even worse than her father. We have received reports that many have been killed. The bodies were disposed of randomly, sometimes thrown into the sea.) 

Last month, police served search warrants on the properties of the Parojinogs in San Roque Lawis, Ozamiz, but allegedly met violent resistance from the family's bodyguards. 

The ensuing gun battle left dead Mayor Reynaldo Parojinog Sr., his wife, 3 relatives, and 11 others. 

The bloodied body of Ozamiz Mayor Reynaldo "Aldong" Parojinog lies in a stretcher. ABS-CBN News
Ozamiz Mayor Reynaldo "Aldong" Parojinog's wife Susan lies lifeless on a stretcher. ABS-CBN News

The vice mayor and her brother meanwhile were arrested after illicit drugs were found in their home, while Ardot remained at large. 

Police, acting on tips from residents, have since found mass graves of those allegedly killed at the Parojinogs' behest. 

Espenido said hundreds of residents have reported missing relatives who could have been buried in the mass graves. 

"Daan-daan ngayon magpunta na sa istasyon noong isang araw. Magdala sila ng picture ng asawa nila, anak nila," he said. 

(Hundreds went to the police station the other day. They brought photos of their spouses, children.)

'VM PAROJINOG SWALLOWED USB'

The police official also assailed the anti-narcotics achievement of the Parojinogs, accusing the family of demanding money from suspected drug users and releasing arrested drug peddlers. 

"Ang mangyari, hulihin nila ang bumili pagkatapos iyung nagbenta hindi hinuli. Doble ang score nila, nagka-kuwarta pa sila, nagkapera pa sila sa bumili. May accomplishment pa," he claimed. 

(They would conduct arrests, but only against those who buy drugs, not the pushers. This way, they score twice -- they get money from the users and they have an accomplishment to report.) 

The Parojinogs, he alleged, were also in league with thieves and accepted money from residents who want to recover stolen items.

He added that Vice Mayor Parojinog swallowed a flash drive containing a supposed list of her family's illegal transactions when she was arrested. 

"Hindi naman iyun papel, micro ano, iyung maliit bang USB. Naisubo niya. Hanggang ngayon siguro nasa tiyan pa niya... Mga transaksyon iyun," he said. 

(It was not a sheet of paper, but a micro USB. She swallowed it and has yet to expel it. It contained a list of transactions.)

Despite the alleged atrocities, Espenido said the clan stayed in power in Ozamiz by threatening voters during elections. 

"Hindi sila manalo sa Lawis, doon sila manalo sa mga bulubunduking barangay, mga mountainous area kasi dala niya ang mga tao niyang may baril, mga goons. Karamihan ng baril nila ginagamit sa ganoon, 'pag eleksyon," he said. 

(They don't win in Lawis, but they do so in mountainous areas where they bring armed goons. Most of their firearms are used that way during elections.) 

He said the Parojinogs were also generous in doling out cash to their constituents, especially Mayor Reynaldo who was known as the "Robin Hood of Ozamiz." 

"Hindi naman lahat alam ng mga tao na mga ilegal ang mga ginawa, pinanggalingan ng pera," Espenido said. (Not everyone knew that the money came from illegal activities.) 

Espenido is set to receive a special award Monday for his accomplishments in the war against drugs. 

Several lawmakers however have sought a legislative inquiry into the raid that he led against the Parojinogs. The Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption also asked the National Bureau of Investigation to conduct a parallel probe into the operation.

Philippine National Police Chief Director General Ronald Dela Rosa earlier insisted that the raid was legitimate and that Parojinogs would have lived if they did not resist the authorities. 

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