After months of biding time, President Duterte’s police operatives in Ozamiz City simultaneously swooped down to houses of long-known drug personalities early morning Saturday and after the smoke cleared up the City Mayor Reynaldo “Aldong” Parojinog and his wife Susan were among those killed.
On Ozamiz Facebook Page, a post ostensibly coming from police authorities said that the simultaneous raids were carried out by PNP and CIDG to the homes of “known drug personalities.”
The apparently police report said that when the houses of of Mayor Parojinog and his son Dodo were raided, five individuals were subsequently confirmed dead inside the mayor’s house, ostensibly including the mayor and his wife Susan. It said that the mayor and his wife died from gunshot wounds. The raid also led to the confiscation of M79 riffles, bundled cash and shabu.
Four other BPAT/CVO members were killed in the raid to the house of Vice Mayor Nova Parojinog Echaves, daughter of the slain mayor, at San Roque Lawis. Slain paramilitary members were identified as Miguel del Victoria, Nestor Cabalan, Daniel D. Vasquez, and one other unidentified BPAT at press time.
The vice mayor was arrested and transported to the provincial office of the CIDG. Also, the house of former Board Member and current City Councilor Ardot Parojinog in Bagakay was raided, resulting to the confiscation of 1 shotgun, 3 rocket propelled grenade launchers, 2 hand grenades, 8 M79 bullets and an M79 riffle, shabu paraphernalia consisting of aluminum foils, sealers, lighter, and metamphetamine crystals. The board member was away from his house during the raid where five men were also arrested.
The police post also warned all civilians “not to flock on the raided areas to avoid hampering the investigation” even as it informed that known The Farm of the Mayor’s family in Barangay Cogon, would also be raided on Saturday.
The PNP Region X confirmed the deaths of Mayor Parojinog and his wife Susan and six others. Supt. Lemuel Gonda in media interview said that the raiding police team met violent resistance when they served six search warrants on the properties of Parojinog and members of his family around 2:30 a.m. Saturday. The raiding team was forced to retaliate when the Parojinogs’ security personnel fired at them, he said.
The raid took place a week after the controversial former Albuera City police chief and now Ozamiz City Police Director Jovie Espenido came back from work after the PNP Director General chief Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa canceled his 90-day suspension.
Late media reports said that 16 individuals died during the raids.
The Parojinogs in Ozamiz City led by the mayor have often been reported as leaders of the Kuratong Baleleng, a drug, gambling, crime syndicate operating nationwide. The Parojinogs though control the politics of the city since the 90s as the politician blood among them have been given the people’s mandates to govern, and have denied to be have flourished in the underworld.
Some say that the Parojinogs were sort of Robinhoods while others dub Kuratong Baleleng as the Mafias in the Philippines with Ozamiz City tagged as the country’s Sicily.
Fifteen years ago, on Feb. 15, 2002, the mayor’s brother then Board Member Renato Parojinog was assassinated by a gunman in Metro Manila. Military sources said the Parojinog brothers, Reynaldo and Renato, were the founders of the Kuratong Baleleng in the70s. The Kuratong Baleleng was originally composed of militiamen and soldiers and was organized by the military to go after the communist New People’s Army in Mindanao.
Renato Parojinog was brought to Ozamiz City for burial, and when he was buried, the city was put into standstill with all vehicles including trisikads not moving not when his hearse passed by the city streets towards the cemetery.