MANILA - (UPDATED) Detained Ozamiz Vice Mayor Nova Princess Parojinog and her brother have tested negative for drug use, the Philippine National Police said Tuesday.
Authorities found no trace of methamphetamine or "shabu" in the urine samples of Parojinog and her brother Reynaldo Jr., PNP Crime Laboratory's Chief Insp. Yela Apostol said in a press conference.
The Parojinogs' urine samples, she added, were collected after the the siblings were transferred to the PNP Custodial Center July 31, a day after a string of pre-dawn raids that led to their arrest and deaths of their parents.
Apostol noted that drug trace can disappear from the body depending on the interval of usage.
"For first time users usually, 2-3 days. Pero pag moderate or heavy user, depende na po siya sa metabolism ng tao. Depende rin po sa kung anong drug ang inintake and dose po kung gaano karami ang kanyang ini-take," Apostol said.
"Noong nandito sa Crame, doon lang po sila nakunan ng urine samples. Kung medyo matagal na po siyang nag-abstain, posible pong hindi na po natin siya ma-detect," she added.
The siblings' negative drug test will not affect the criminal cases filed against them, said PNP spokesperson Chief Supt. Dionardo Carlos.
"Kung babalikan natin, iyung naging operation ng CIDG is for the servicing of search warrant for any contraband... Kung nag-positive iyan, maaari silang magkaroon ng additional violation for use of drugs," Carlos said.
On July 30, policemen served 6 search warrants against the properties of the Parojinog family in San Roque Lawis, Ozamiz but allegedly encountered violent resistance.
The ensuing gun battle left 16 people dead, including the Parijonog patriarch, Ozamiz Mayor Reynaldo Sr., and his wife Susan.
Vice Mayor Parajinog and her brother were arrested after authorities found P1.4 million in cash, half a kilogram of suspected shabu and several firearms in her house.
-- With Henry Atuelan, ABS-CBN News