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Councilors appointed to lead Ozamiz after mayor's death, vice's arrest

Councilors appointed to lead Ozamiz after mayor's death, vice's arrest

Ozamiz City Mayor Reynaldo Parojinog and 11 others, including his wife Susan, brother Octavio and sister Mona, were killed in a police raid early today (Sunday, July 30). Their father, Ozamiz City Mayor Reynaldo Parojinog Sr., was among 15 killed in simultaneous raids conducted by authorities at dawn Sunday.

"The serving police personnel were met by a volley of gunfire which prompted them to retaliate that led to the killing of at least 13 of the suspects", Pacleb said in a statement.

Officers recovered rifles, cash and illegal drugs at the address, according to provincial police chief Jaysen De Guzman.

"When he saw me, he approached me and said, "Wala man kay labot" (you're not a part of it)", he said, in reference to the "matrix" of those involved in the drug trade in the country that included politicians and high-ranking government officials that Duterte presented to the media a few months back.

Following the raid, police arrested Mr. Parojinog's daughter, Nova Princess Parojinog-Echavez, the city's vice-mayor, and said she would face charges.

Reynaldo Parojinog was the third mayor to be killed in the government's bloody war on illegal drugs.

Policemen were approaching the mayor's house when his bodyguards opened fire and hit a police vehicle and injured an officer, sparking a firefight amid a power outage, Mr Espenido said.

The complaint said the killing of 9,400 people began in 1988 when Duterte was mayor of the southern city of Davao and has lasted throughout his presidency.

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The site is open for women of all ages and for men over the age of 50, Xinhua news agency quoted a police spokesperson as saying. The Palestinian president has suspended all contacts with Israel until metal detectors near the al Aqsa mosque are removed.


Before he was assigned to head the Ozamiz City Police Office, he was the chief of the Albuera Police in Leyte when then town mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr. was shot dead by Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) agents inside his detention cell in Baybay City in November 2016.

Senate opposition leader Franklin Drilon questioned the circumstances of the attack on Parojinog's home and pointed out that the deaths of two other mayors were subsequently found to be "rub-outs".

Commenting on Sunday's raid, presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella said: 'The administration vowed to intensify the drug campaign'.

It has killed thousands of suspected drug users and dealers. Their camp allegedly resisted when they were served 6 search warrants for firearms at around 2:30 a.m.

The Parojinogs consistently deny the allegation, claiming they have been fighting illegal drugs since 2001.

"He's a high-value target on illegal drugs", Espinido said during a press conference.

Ammunition, weapons and illegal drugs were seized.


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