MANILA - Former Ozamiz City Vice Mayor Nova Princess Parojinog belied news reports linking their family to the ambush-slay of a Regional Trial Court (RTC) judge of Ozamiz City.
Investigators said Judge Edmundo Pintac of Ozamiz City RTC Branch 15 was on his way home in Barangay Banadero when he was shot dead by 4 men on motorcycles on Monday.
In a press statement signed by Parojinog and released through her lawyer Atty. Charles Puno, she said they were not behind the killing of Pintac.
"To set the record straight, I, nor any member of the Parojinog family, was not involved in any way to the incident. We take offense that we are being subjected to trial by publicity with the inaccurate and malicious information against us," she said.
Parojinog said the cases filed against her and her brother Reynaldo Parojinog Jr., arising from the raid led by the Ozamiz City police last July 30, 2017, was raffled by the court to Pintac, who later asked to inhibit from hearing the case.
"Currently, the cases filed against me and my brother are being tried by the Regional Trial Courts of Quezon City," Parojinog said.
The only incident handled by Pintac was the case where they asked for a furlough to return to Ozamiz City for 24 hours to attend their parents' funeral after both were killed during the police raid.
"While his resolution to deny our motion was initially difficult to accept, we respected it as we understood that our lives would be placed in grave danger should we have been allowed to pay our last respects to our relatives in our most beloved city," Parojinog said.
“The cold-blooded murder of Judge Pintac does not in any way benefit me, my brother or my family. As seen from some news reports, it has been the opposite,” she added.
Despite the accusations, Parojinog offered their condolences to the slain judge’s family.
"We hope and pray that those responsible for the killing of Judge Pintac are brought to justice at the soonest possible time. Finally, we offer our heartfelt prayers and extend our deepest sympathies to the family and loved ones of Judge Pintac. May they find strength and solace during this extremely difficult time," Parojinog said.