MANILA - At least a kilo of suspected shabu was found by the police in a series of raids in the houses of the Parojinog family in Ozamiz City early Sunday morning.
Inspector Jovie Espenido, chief of the Ozamiz City police, said half a kilo of the illegal drugs were recovered in the house of Mayor Reynaldo "Aldong" Parojinog, who was slain in the raid.
Another half a kilo of illegal drugs, meanwhile, was found in the house of Vice Mayor Nova Princess Parojinog-Echavez, along with other drug paraphernalia.
"'Yang search warrant na in-implement during the raid by CIDG is purely for illegal possession of firearms. But incidentally din nakuha ang illegal drugs," Espenido told reporters on Sunday.
Police also found in the drawer of Vice Mayor Parojinog a green bag containing bundles of P500 and a paper that authorities believe could be a transaction list.
The vice mayor denied that what was found in her room was drug money. She also accused the police of intentionally cutting off the CCTV in her house so there would be no record of the search.
Meanwhile, Espenido said suspected illegal drugs were also found in the house of the mayor's son, Reynaldo Jr., and Aldong's brother, Ricardo.
The raid on the Parojinogs' houses yielded several firearms and explosives, like M-16 rifles and hand grenades, the Ozamiz City police chief said.
Aside from the mayor, among those killed in the implementation of the search warrant were his wife Susan, his brother, Ozamiz board member Octavio Parojinog Jr., and 12 others.
Espenido said they had to implement the search warrant at around 2:30 a.m to avoid violent encounters that could lead to collateral damage.
The Ozamiz police chief noted that some residents are holding a vigil in the house of their mayor. He stressed a search warrant can be implemented any time.
The Parojinogs were in President Rodrigo Duterte's list of narco-politicians. The family has repeatedly denied links to the illegal drug trade. -- with reports from Roxanne Arevalo, ABS-CBN News