Espenido denies cops tried to throw grenade at vice-mayor

Trishia Billones, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 11 2017 09:22 AM | Updated as of Aug 11 2017 09:30 AM

MANILA - Ozamiz City Police Chief Jovie Espenido denied that his men tried to kill Vice Mayor Nova Parojinog when they raided her home last month.

Parojinog's camp earlier claimed police threw a grenade at her but it did not explode. Espenido, however, said that if the assassination attempt was true, they could have easily replaced the grenade.

"Kung magsabi siya na yung hand grenade, hindi nakaputok, nandoon, naging exhibit. Kung sa amin galing yan, e di kunin na lang namin para di mo mamalayan. Kami ang nag-search. That’s very simple," he told ANC's Headstart in an exclusive interview aired Friday.

"Kung sa amin, palitan na lang kung di makaputok. Marami naman kung gusto lang…Kung patayin siya, madali lang," he added.

The police chief said many people wanted Parojinog dead because she is the most powerful in their family.

"Ang mga tao naman gusto talagang siya ang mamatay sana. Yung mga tao ang gustong magsabi kasi siya ang pinaka-ingrata sa lahat. Siya ang powerful talaga sa family, iba lang ang sa papa niya…Kawawa yung papa niya," he said.

Parojinog's father, Mayor Reynaldo Parojinog Sr., 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.

Parojinog Sr. was one of the 16 killed when the police raided their homes in San Roque Lawis, Ozamiz City.

Nova and her brother, Reynaldo Jr., were arrested in the same series of raids and are now detained in Camp Crame.