QUEZON CITY – A Quezon City court has ordered the jail warden of the Philippine National Police (PNP) Custodial Center in Camp Crame and the lawyers of Nova Princess Parojinog to explain why she was allowed to leave her detention cell and visit her brother in Camp Bagong Diwa without the knowledge of the court.
Quezon City Regional Trial Court Branch 228 Judge Mitushealla Manzanero-Casiño gave the jail warden and the lawyers 5 days to explain why Nova Princess was allowed to leave Camp Crame and visit her brother Reynaldo Parojinog, Jr. on November 12, 2018 when no motion seeking permission from the court was filed.
Nova is facing drugs and illegal possession of firearms charges while her brother is facing similar charges, in addition to illegal possession of explosives.
In May last year, a Quezon City court sentenced Parojinog, Jr. to life imprisonment for the 2017 drugs case where he was caught in possession of almost 117 grams of shabu or methamphetamine hydrochloride. His motion for reconsideration was recently denied and prosecutors intend to question why he is still in Camp Bagong Diwa and not in the New Bilibid Prison.
In the same order issued December 17 last year, Judge Manzanero-Casiño allowed Nova Princess’ plea to visit her brother on December 23, 2019 from 10am to 2pm despite objections from prosecutors.
State prosecutors claimed there was no valid ground to grant the furlough and it will only cause “high security risk and other unquantifiable costs to the government.” They also said it will amount to giving her “preferential treatment.”
But Branch 228 noted that Nova Princess’ similar request had been granted by QC RTC Branch 95. It also required her to shoulder all the expenses the PNP will incur for the police and security measures.
Both Parojinogs have maintained their innocence, questioning the July 30, 2017 raid in their house in Barangay Sta. Cruz, Ozamis City, Misamis Occidental which killed their father Reynaldo Parojinog, Sr. and 14 others.