Former Ozamiz City Councilor Ricardo “Ardot” Parojinog (photo courtesy of: OCPNP)
Ozamis City Councilor Ricardo “Ardot” Parojinog is now under the custody of the Philippine National Police (PNP) following his deportation by the Taiwanese government for violation of immigration laws.
Back in the Philippines, Parojinog is facing drug related cases and charges of murder, illegal possession of firearms and explosives.
He had been on the run after a series of raids by the PNP in July 2018 led to the death of his brother, Ozamiz Mayor Reynaldo “Aldong” Parojinog, and 14 of their relatives.
Last September, Parojinog escaped to Taiwan aboard a small boat assisted by two people who transferred him to a bigger fishing boat.
“Apparently, tama ‘yung nakuha nating intelligence information na siya ay lumabas through the backdoor at may tumulong sa kaniya at nagbangka going to Taiwan,” said PNP chief, PDg Oscar Albaylade.
Parojinog went into hiding for several months at a rented apartment in Pingtung, Taiwan until he was arrested and jailed by Taiwanese police on May 23 for violation of immigration laws.
Now that he’s back in the country, the PNP assured the fugitive councilor’s safety.
“It is incumbent upon the PNP to ensure the safety and security of Ricardo Parojinog in the best interest of justice so he can stand trial for his transgressions,” said Albayalde.
Authorities are hoping for Parojinog’s cooperation in sharing information related to illegal drug operations and other criminalities in the country.
“Malaking grupo ito. This is all part of the anti-illegal drugs campaign of this administration, and anti-criminality. Hindi lang naman kasi illegal drugs ang naso-solve dito, pati ‘yung mga murder cases na nangyari, pati ‘yung mga murder cases na na-involve itong Parojinog group na ito,” the PNP chief said.
As a precautionary measure, Parojinog is currently detained at the PNP Custodial Center in Camp Crame while awaiting court decision on where he would be detained and tried. — Asher Cadapan, Jr.