MANILA- The criminal liability of an offender is extinguished upon death, but this rule did not stop the Philippine National Police from from filing criminal charges against the late Ozamiz City Mayor Reynaldo Parojinog, Sr. and his wife Susan.
On Tuesday, PNP Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (PNP-CIDG) Northern Mindanao Senior Inspector Gilbern Banderado and SPO3 Richard Salcedo filed charges of possession of dangerous drugs, illegal possession of firearms and ammunition, and illegal possession of explosives against the deceased couple before the Department of Justice (DOJ).
This, despite the fact that the Parojinog couple died in the July 30 raids on the family's compound in Barangay San Roque, Ozamiz City. Fourteen others died in that police operation.
The raids on the couple's residence yielded methamphetamine or "shabu," 3 rifle grenades, and live ammunition, among others.
The raiding teams were armed with 6 search warrants issued by the Quezon City Regional Trial Court (RTC).
Parojinog was tagged by authorities as a major illegal drug
distributor, and no less than President Duterte named him in 2016 as a narco-politician.
The couple's children, Ozamiz City Vice-Mayor Nova Princess Parojinog and Reynaldo, Jr., have been indicted for similar offenses and are now detained in Camp Crame, Quezon City.