Parojinogs not shot at close range: autopsy
Mayor Parojinog, wife died from gunshot wounds
Grenade blast, not bullets, killed Octavio Parojinog, Jr., Mona Parojinog, bodyguard
MANILA - The testimony of an alleged survivor in the Ozamiz City police raids that left Mayor Reynaldo Parojinog Sr. and 15 others dead matched some of the findings in the Philippine National Police (PNP) Crime Laboratory autopsy report. But contrary to his claim, the Parojinogs were not shot at close range.
Cesar (not his real name) claimed in a video testimony recorded by the Parojinogs that he saw police throwing grenades and shooting Mayor Parojinog and his wife.
He said they were all rounded up in the corner of the Parojinog residence.
"Pagdating ng mga pulis, pinadapa kami. Pinababa kami papunta kina mayor, pagdating nina mayor doon, inipon kami. Ako nakadapa sa harap ni mayor, nagulat ako maya-maya lumabas ang mga pulis, hindi ko alam ano ang dahilan. Maya-maya may naghagis ng granada, tinamaan ako," he said.
Cesar also claimed that the mayor was about to be shot but Octavio stepped in, resulting in them being shot.
In the autopsy report of the PNP Crime Laboratory Region 10, Mayor Parojinog, his wife Susan, his sister Mona, and brother Octavio Parojinog all sustained blast injuries.
However, the autopsy revealed that Octavio and Mona did not have gunshot wounds. On the other hand, Mayor Parojinog and wife Susan died of gunshot wounds.
"Yung dalawang kapatid niya, iyung board member, Octavio Parojinog, Jr., atsaka Mona Parojinog, wala pong gunshot wound, blast injuries lang po," said Senior Superintendent Leocy Mag-Abo, chief of the PNP Crime Laboratory Region 10.
The autopsy report showed that Susan sustained a gunshot wound in her left eye, with the bullet exiting the back of her head.
Mag-Abo said Mayor Parojinog died with two gunshot wounds on chest and face.
"Dalawa lang ang gunshot wound niya chest near the base of the neck and face," she said.
Cesar claimed that Susan was shot first.
The Parojinog's relative Nimfa (not her real name) shared Cesar's testimony. "Bumalik ang mga pulis, tiningnan nila, binaril nila 'yung tita ko, 'yung asawa ni mayor. Sabi ni mayor, "wag naman ganyan, sir."
The Parojinogs' bodyguard Vicente Torregoza also died due to blast injuries.
"Yung bodyguard na may hawak, iyun ang sumabog dahil siya ang may hawak. 'Yung dalawang paa niya na naputol. Nakatayo siya, may tama din siya sa baril. Possible na nabitiwan niya at sumabog yon. Nabitawan sa kamay niya, bumagsak sa paa niya sa floor, iyun ang cause ng injuries na naputol ang paa niya," Mag-Abo said.
Police Scene of the Crime Operation (SOCO) group of Region 10 surveyed the crime scene and found the grenade pin inserted in the bodyguard's finger.
The PNP Crime Lab surmised this could be why the bodyguard's feet were mutilated.
Ozamiz City Police Director Jovie Espenido earlier said that the grenade came from the Parojinogs' group.
He said they could not say for sure if the Parojinogs were shot at close range since it was dark when the incident happened.
“Sa pagbaril kasi 'yung nangyari, palitan ng putok ano. Madilim na sa loob, pagkatapos may narining pa na pumutok. Ang sa akin siguro, pinaka the best 'yung result ng SOCO. Malaman naman talaga ng SOCO kung ano ang distansya nga, baril ba o shrapnel ang naka-kwan ng grenade. Basta 'yung time na yon, volume of fire, masabi natin na palitan talaga ng putok. Hindi tayo makapagtantsa. Hindi tayo makabigay kung close range yung nangyari,” he said.
The PNP Crime Lab Region 10 said it did not see "sooting" or smudging in the bodies of Mayor Parojinog and his wife Susan, indicating that they were not shot at close range.
Cesar said he survived the ordeal after he put the mayor's blood on him and played dead for 3 hours before rescuers came.
Espenido urged Cesar to tell the truth.
“Sa nangyari siguro ewan ko kung makapagsabi pa siya, madilim, may usok pa. Kami nga may mga flashlight, mahirapan kami magtingin… siguro maganda naman kung magsabi sya kung ano talaga. Magsabi siya kung ano-ano. Nahirapan nga ang police pagpasok. May usok na, brownout pa,” he said.
The cadavers of the bodyguards, Mayor Parojinog, and his relatives tested positive in a paraffin test, police said.
"Yung sa outside, sa apat doon, tatlo ang nag-positive, yung sa bahay ni Nova, positive din po oyon. 'Yung kay Mayor, positive, yung kay Vicente Torregoza, 'yung naputol ang paa, positive din yon. 'Yung guard sa guardhouse, positive din yon. 'Yung kay Ardot na farm, positive din iyon. In short, nakaputok sila ng baril dahil positive sila," Mag-Abo said.
The cadavers of Mona Parojinog and Susan Parojinog were not tested for gunpowder residue.