Ozamiz City's controversial cop, Chief Inspector Jovie Espenido said police are expecting the remaining members of the Parojinog family to avenge the death of their patriarch, city Mayor Reynaldo Parojinog Sr.
According to Espenido, the police force had fatalities in the past after some members of the Parojinog group retaliated.
"Mga kasamahan nila 'yan dati, Parojinog groups. Very obvious, may nangyari talaga. Noong una, nagretaliate talaga, in which ilang pulis ang namatay. So inasahan natin 'yan," he said.
(They have already retaliated before, killing some policemen. We are expecting it from them.)
Espenido added that he and his men are ready for any attack against them.
"Hindi naman tayo takot. Kung sila ang magpunta, mas maganda. At least mapakita natin na hindi duwag yung pulis. Yung retaliation, sige, walang problema. Trabaho man 'yan sa pulis. Pero hinihintay natin 'yan," he said.
(We are not afraid. If they come here, it's better. At least we can show that policemen are not cowards. There's no problem if they retaliate. It's our job to prepare for it.)
He also reiterated that he did not intend for the July 30 raid which left 15 people dead to be bloody.
"Ipinagdasal ko talaga na ni isang putok, walang mangyari. 'Yun talaga ang number 1 ko na inisip. Ang gusto ko talaga 'yung paghuli, ang tao, nakadapa, wala nang... 'yun lang ba. But then, hindi natin maiwasan 'yung encounter," he said.
Espenido said he wanted to peacefully serve the search warrant against the Parojinogs.
"So hindi naman magbasa tayo ng Bibliya sa kalaban, harapan. Barilin lang muna bago magbasa ng Bibliya kasi encounter 'yan eh. Pero hindi ko, maski na lang sa isip ko na may manyari na ganun. Kasi yung mga tao ko, ang dami natin, may mamatayan tayo. So sa atin naman, ipinagdasal natin na maski isang putok sana, wala," Espenido explained.
Espenido said he apologized to Ozamiz City Vice Mayor Nova Parojinog after learning about the incident.
"I have no intent na ganun ang nangyari. Naghingi nga tayo ng sorry kay Nova (Parojinog) nung nakita ko na. Wala naman tayo magawa. Dito lahat, hiningian ko ng sorry. Kasi sino bang magtatawa nung nangyari pati 'yung mayor nasali," he said.
Although apologetic, Espenido said that the death of Mayor Parojinog and the others also mean justice for their victims.
"But then nakapagbigay din tayo ng milyon na mga tao na na-injustice, biktima. So sa atin, representing from the law enforcement, from the government, ang sa atin, trabaho lang talaga," he said.
Mayor Parojinog, his wife and relatives were laid to rest Wednesday, after almost three weeks since the bloody raid.