Lawyer questions Parojinogs' detention in Crame

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 31 2017 04:23 PM

MANILA - The lawyer for the Parojinogs on Monday aired his grievances on why his clients were brought to the Philippine National Police Custodial Center in Camp Crame.

Atty. Lawrence Carim said there was no court order that dictated the transfer of Ozamiz Vice Mayor Nova Princess Parojinog and her brother Reynaldo Jr. Parajinog to Manila. 

Carim also questioned why the search warrant served in the Parojinog residences on Sunday was issued by the Quezon City Regional Trial Court.

"They should be brought there because that is where the alleged crime was committed...The courts that have jurisdiction over the case allegedly committed by my client are the courts of Ozamiz City and every court knows that," he said.

Carim also claimed that he was prevented from escorting his clients inside their detention cell.

The Parojinogs arrived in Manila on Monday morning, a day after a string of raids that led to their arrest and the death of their parents. They were transferred to the national police headquarters at Camp Crame in Quezon City. 

Their father, Ozamiz Mayor Reynaldo "Aldong" Parojinog, was killed along with 14 others in a series of pre-dawn raids in San Roque Lawis, Ozamiz City early Sunday after they allegedly resisted authorities who were serving a search warrant.

The elder Parojinog was one of the local government officials named in President Rodrigo Duterte's narco-list. He earlier denied any involvement in the illegal drugs trade.

In the same police operation, the Parojinog siblings were arrested after authorities found P1.4 million in cash, half a kilogram of suspected shabu and several firearms in the vice mayor's house. 

Before flying to Manila, the vice mayor claimed police planted evidence against her family -- an allegation denied by Misamis Occidental police chief Senior Supt. Jaysen De Guzman.