Members of the Philippine National Police and Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) equipped with warrants raided homes of alleged illegal drug personalities in Ozamiz City in Misamis Occidental.
The raids were on residences of the Parojinog political clan.
The raid on Mayor Reynaldo “Aldong” Parojinog Sr’s house resulted to his demise.
His wife Susan likewise died amid the raid.
Ozamiz Vice Mayor Nova Parojinog Echaves has also been arrested after a raid in San Roque Lawis, where authorities seized guns and shabu.
Echaves was brought to the provincial office of the CIDG after the arrest.
The raid in San Roque Lawis also brought about deaths of Barangay Peacekeeping Action Team and Civil Volunteer Organization members identified as Miguel del Victoria, Nestor Cabalan and a certain Vasquez.
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Another BPAT member who was killed has yet to be distinguished.
The CIDG also raided City Councilor Ardot Parojinog’s home in Bagakay.
The councilor, a previous provincial board member, was far from his home when it was raided.
During the search five men were arrested as the police also seized firearms and drug paraphernalia.
Police seized a shotgun, three rocket propelled grenade launchers, two hand grenades, eight M-79 bullets and an M-79 rifle, shabu and drug paraphernalia from Councilor Parojinog’s residence.
Authorities also searched through the house of “Dodo”, the mayor’s son.
In February 2017, the Sandiganbayan requested the capture of Aldong and his daughter Echavez, regarding their graft case over the asserted anomalous awarding of a contract for the renovation of a gymnasium in 2008. They posted bail in the same month.
Aldong, who also confronted corruption allegations, had denied any connects to illegal drugs. He was the third mayor to be slaughtered under President Rodrigo Duterte’s bloody crackdown on drugs, which left more than 3,000 dead in reported gunfights with police and has been widely scrutinized by Western governments and human rights groups.
The officers were “met with volleys of fire from (the mayor’s) security, prompting the Philippine National Police personnel to retaliate,” Chief Superintendent Timoteo Pacleb said in a statement. He said that Aldong and six relatives and bodyguards died in his farm house. The mayor’s significant other was allegedly among the dead.
A year ago, police officers shot dead Albuera Chairman Rolando Espinosa Sr. inside a prison cell in Leyte, and seven days before that, another mayor and his nine bodyguards were gunned down allegedly amid a firefight on a street in Mindanao.
Last year as part of a shame campaign, all three mayors were among more than 160 officials Duterte named publicly as being linked to illegal drugs in August
Duterte has promised not to stop until, he stated, the last drug trafficker in country has been eliminated.