Mayor, 7 others killed in Philippine drug raid

Violet Powell
July 31, 2017

Mr Parojinog is the third Philippine mayor to be killed in the government's bloody narcotics crackdown, in which Mr Duterte has singled out local officials, policemen and judges.

Reynaldo Parojinog, mayor of the city of Ozamiz on Mindanao island, was killed with his wife and 10 others at his home as police served a warrant.

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.

President Rodrigo Duterte's bloody drug war has consumed another high-profile casualty.

The authorities had a search warrant for the mayor, his daughter Nova Parojinog - the Vice Mayor of the city - and several other family members. "The Parojinogs, if you would recall, are included in PRRD's list of personalities involved in the illegal drug trade", he added.

Mayor Reynaldo Parojinig, his wife Susan Parojinig, brother Board Member Octavio Parojinig Jr., Camerman JR Millanar of Lumad TV and the Ozamiz Information center, Mona Parojinig, Miguel Del Victoria, Nestor Cabalan, Daniel Vasquez, "Inting", and four other unidentified people were killed in raids in barangays Baybay San Roque and Baybay Santa Cruz around 2:30 a.m., Ozamiz City stringer Thata Roxas from the Mindanaoan Broadcasting Channel told CNN Philippines.

Ozamiz Mayor Reynaldo Parojinog Sr., and his daughter, Vice Mayor Nova Echaves, were on that list.

In an interview in 2016, the mayor said that since he was first elected in 2001, he has transformed Ozamiz City's reputation as a source of drugs, especially shabu.

Meanwhile, Espino said with Parojinog's death, Central Visayas will now be safe from the criminal group known as Ozamiz Kuratong Baleleng.

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Police raided the mayor's house overnight to search for unlicensed guns.

Pacleb said his men were able to confiscate various firearms and illegal drugs during the separate operations. Both are tagged as drug lords.

Senior Supt. Jaysen de Guzman, police chief for Misamis Occidental, said a total of 13 people were killed, including the mayor.

"We enforce the law to protect the people who want peace in this country", he said.

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

Since he took office, police have reported killing almost 3,200 people in the drug war.

The drug killings have been widely criticized by Western governments and human rights groups, which have called for an end to what they suspect are extrajudicial killings related to the anti-drug campaign.

In November, Rolando Espinosa Sr., mayor of Albuera in the Leyte province in the Visayas region, was reportedly killed in his jail cell during a gunfight with police.

They have accused Duterte of "unleashing a human rights calamity" in the Philippines.

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