Director General Ronald Dela Rosa of the Philippine National Police (PNP) said that there was nothing wrong with the police raid that led to the killing of Ozamiz City Mayor Reynaldo Parojinog and 14 others.
He said that the Parojinogs had long been hunted for being narco-politicians in Ozamiz City. In addition, Dela Rosa said that their illegal drug involvements have been an open secret.
General Dela Rosa also said that they have been receiving reports that Parojinog is building his own private army. For him, the killing of the Parojinogs should serve as a stern warning against other suspected narco-politicians.
(Read more about Parojinog killing during raid here: PNP raid kills Ozamiz Mayor Parojinog and 14 others)
Senators on killing of the Parojinog during the police raid
According to Senator Panfilo Lacson, there were similarities between the deaths of Mayor Parojinog and Albuera, Leyte Mayor Rolando Espinosa. But “at least” the Parojinogs were not killed while inside a detention facility.
In addition, Senator Lacson said that based on initial reports on the police operation, there was no reason yet for the Senate to look into it.
President Duterte issued the list of narco-politicians earlier this year and the Parojinogs came to national attention.
President Duterte said Mayor Parojinog is the father-in-law of Herbert Colanggo, one of the top drug lords in the country.
However, Parojinog denied that Colanggo was his son-in-law, but said that he was the boyfriend of his daughter Vice Mayor Nova Princess Parojinog-Echavez.
Meanwhile, Senator Franklin Drilon questioned the time of the serving of the search warrants. The search warrant issued on Espinosa last year was also served before dawn.
“Why are search warrants, served before dawn as in the cases of Mayor Espinosa and now, Mayor Parojinog, result in the deaths of the persons being searched? Both are tagged as drug lords. Too much of a coincidence?” he said.
He added that search warrants are usually served in the daytime. The senator said it may also be served any time of the night but “the issuing judge must so expressly specify in the search warrant (Section 9, Rule 126, Rules of Court).”