Ozamiz raids an 'overkill', lawyer says

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 31 2017 11:36 PM

MANILA - The series of police raids that left Mayor Reynaldo "Aldong" Parojinog and 14 others dead were "overkill", the lawyer of Vice Mayor Nova Princess Parojinog said Monday.

Atty. Ferdinand Topacio told DZMM that there was no justification for the way the raids were implemented.

"Hindi naman ho reason, porke't na-identify na drug lord eh io-overkill na po nila. They will go there na parang giyera talaga, parang Maute 'yung kalaban nila, uubusin nila 'yung tao. Can you imagine? Fifteen persons were killed. Papaano mo sasabihing hindi overkill yan?" he said.

Topacio said it is unlikely for Mayor Parojinog's wife Susan to shoot at the police officers.

"Senior citizen na ho 'yung asawa ni Mayor Parojinog. Ibig niyo bang sabihin 'yung matandang babae humawak ng M-14, M-16 'yun at pinagbabaril 'yung mga pulis? Palagay ko mahirap naman ho paniwalaan 'yun," Topacio said.

Topacio said Princess is still deciding on filing cases against the police officers involved in the raids.

Authorities have also yet to file charges against his Princess and her brother after their inquest scheduled Monday did not push through after the Philippine National Police Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (PNP-CIDG) requested that the inquest be moved Tuesday afternoon.

Topacio questioned the move.

"Bakit pinatatagal nila? Kung talagang 'yun ay raid na maayos, nandoon, hawak nila ang ebidensiya, meron silang arrest report, meron silang affidavit of arrest, bakit hindi nila ituloy 'yung inquest?" he said.

He added that police also failed to provide them a copy of documents related to the raid.

The vice mayor remains in police custody even after the 36-hour period has lapsed.

Police said the Parojinogs' security personnel opened fire at them during Sunday's raid. 

An alleged gun battle killed 15 people, including the mayor, his wife Susan, brother and Misamis Occidental board member Octavio Parojinog, and their sister Mona. 

The vice mayor was arrested after police found alleged drugs and several firearms in her house.

She claimed, however, that police planted evidence against her family, an allegation denied by Misamis Occidental police chief Senior Supt. Jaysen De Guzman.