Fugitive 'Ardot' Parojinog arrives in Manila

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 27 2018 10:15 PM | Updated as of Jul 28 2018 03:05 AM

Ozamiz City councilor-turned-fugitive Ricardo "Ardot" Parojinog was deported Friday to Manila from Taiwan.

MANILA (3rd UPDATE) - Fugitive Ricardo "Ardot" Parojinog has arrived in Manila from Taiwan, police said Friday.

He is the younger brother of late Ozamiz Mayor Reynaldo "Aldong" Parojinog, whom President Rodrigo Duterte linked to the illegal drugs trade. The mayor was killed in a drug raid along with 15 others.

The Ozamiz City councilor-turned-fugitive arrived at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport at 9:57 p.m. via flight PR897.

Philippine National Police Chief Dir. Gen. Oscar Albayalde said Parojinog is facing four cases: 2 counts of murder, illegal possession of firearms, and illegal possession of explosives.

Parojinog will "be confined temporarily at the PNP Custodial Center pending the procedural return of warrant to the court of origin in Ozamiz City and subsequent issuance of a commitment order," Albayalde told reporters at the airport.

Parojinog has been transferred to Camp Crame in Quezon City to undergo booking process, according to PNP spokesperson Senior Supt. Benigno Durana.

The deportation of Parojinog was made in coordination with the Manila Economic and Cultural Office (MECO).

Ricardo "Ardot" Parojinog arrived at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in handcuffs, bulletproof vest, and helmet. Raoul Esperas

Ricardo "Ardot" Parojinog arrived at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in handcuffs, bulletproof vest, and helmet. Raoul Esperas

After 10 months in hiding, Parojinog was nabbed in May for entering Taiwan using illegal documents. 

He served time at the Pingtung County Detention Center for violating immigration laws prior to his deportation.

"All the criminal judicial proceedings in Taiwan against him (National Security Act, Immigration Act and falsification of documents) have already been legally and properly concluded in accordance with the exercise of Taiwan's legal jurisdiction against him," Albayalde said.

In August 2017, the Department of Justice issued a lookout bulletin against Ricardo in connection with the series of bloody raids on the family's homes.

The DOJ said Ricardo was not at his home when police found several firearms and ammunition in his residence. --Reports from Maan Macapagal, April Rafales , and Ron Lopez, ABS-CBN News