Ozamiz Mayor Reynaldo Parojinog, 7 others killed in an early morning raid

Mayor Reynaldo "Aldong" Parojinog and his daughter Vice Mayor Princess Nova Projinog. photos from www.ozamiz.gov.ph

DAVAO CITY, Philippines (UPDATED)— Ozamiz City  Mayor  Reynaldo “Aldong” O. Parojinog and his wife Susan Parojinog were killed in an early morning raid Sunday, July 30, 2017  in his house in San Roque Lawis.

Mayor Reynaldo Parojinog  and his wife died  due to gunshot wounds.

Authorities also raided Parojinog’s daughter Vice Mayor Nova Princess Parojinog  which resulted to her arrest   as authorities found numerous unlicensed  firearms and  illegal drugs.

The dead bodies of Ozamiz City Mayor Reyneldo “Aldong” Parojinog and his wife Susan.Contributed Photo.

Parojinog’s brother Board member Octavio Parojinog Jr., Lydia and JR of Lumad TV were also killed during the raids.

Four  members of the Barangay peacekeeping Team (BPAT) were also killed namely Miguel del Victoria, Nestor Cabalan, Daniel D. Vasquez, and one other unidentified BPAT.

Unconfirmed reports revealed 14 others were killed aside from Mayor Parojinog but some fatalities  remain unidentified.

Northern Mindanao Police Chief Supt. Timoteo Pacleb said the joint police and CIDG operatives went to the houses of the Parojinog’s to serve six search warrants but the residents opened fire which prompted the law enforcers to fight back that led to the bloody encounter and resulted to several fatalities including the Vice mayor’s father Ozamiz City Mayor Reyaldo “aldong” Parojinog and his wife Susan.

Pacleb said the joint operatives of the Ozamiz City Police and and Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) raided the homes of known illegal drug personalities under Oplan Double Barrel.

The raid in former Board Member and current City Councilor Ardot Parojinog’s House in Bagakay resulted to the confiscation of 1 Shotgun, 3 Rocket Propelled Grenade Launchers, 2 Hand grenades, 8 M79 bullets and an M79 riffle, shabu paraphernalia aluminum foils, sealers, lighter, and metamphetamine crystals.

The houses of Mayor Reynaldo Parojinog and his son Reynaldo  “Dodo”  Jr. was also raided.

Confiscated in the Mayor’s house were M79 riffles, bundled cash and shabu. 5 individuals are confirmed dead inside Mayor Aldong’s house.

Aside from the high powered firearms and illegal drugs, operatives also recovered bundled cash amounting to P1.4-million.

The Vice Mayor is now under the custody of Ozamiz City Police “she might be charged for illegal possession of firearms and illegal drugs,” Pacleb added.

In August 2016, no less than President Rodrigo Duterte linked the mayor and his daughter in the illegal drugs trade in their city but the Parojinog’s denied the allegations.

Vice mayor Parojinog is the ex-girlfriend of convicted druglord Herbert Colangco who is now detained at the New Bilibod Prison.-Editha Z.  Caduaya/Newsline.ph