Former Ozamiz City Councilor Ricardo “Ardot” Parojinog (photo courtesy of: OCPNP)
QUEZON CITY, Philippines – Philippine National Police (PNP) Spokesperson Chief Supt. John Bulalacao on Thursday, May 24, confirmed the arrest of former Ozamiz City Councilor Ricardo “Ardot” Parojinog in Pintung, Taiwan on Wednesday afternoon, May 23.
Ardot Parojinog is the younger brother of the slain Ozamiz City Mayor Reynaldo Parojinog Sr.
Bulalacao said “Ardot” was being hunted down by authorities for his alleged involvement in illegal drugs trade.
He has been in hiding for 10 months since the bloody raid in the house of the Parojinogs in Ozamiz City on July 30, 2017, that killed 15 persons including then-incumbent Mayor Parojinog and his wife Susan. Police seized a number of high-powered firearms and explosives in the Parojinog residence following the raid.
Bulalacao added that Ardot Parojinog was arrested by the Taiwan government for illegal entry.
” Yung Taiwan government ay nalaman na wala syang documents when he entered Taiwan (The Taiwan government found out that he didn’t have documents when he entered Taiwan),” he said.
Based on information received from Economic Cooperation Rep. Lito Banayo, Parojinog has been overstaying in Taiwan which prompted his capture.
PNP Chief PDG Oscar Albayalde said the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) and Philippine National Police-Drug Enforcement Group (PNP-DEG) will fetch Parojinog from Taiwan.
” Although wala pa kaming exact date, the PNP is always ready to go to Taiwan para sunduin itong si Ardot Parojinog at of course we will follow the process of deportation dahil may mga violation siyang na commit doon sa Taiwan the reason for his arrest. And it will take some time before he is deported to the Philippines,” said Bulalacao.
(Although we do not have an exact date, the PNP is always ready to go to Taiwan to bring home Ardot Parojinog. And of course we will the process of deportation because he committed violations in Taiwan; the reason for his arrest. It will take some time before he is deported to the Philippines.)
Meanwhile, Malacañang welcomed the news of Parojinog’s arrest by Taiwanese authorities.
“Ito’y mabuting balita dahil unang-una ano po ginawa niya at nagtatago sa Taiwan, kung siya po ay walang batas na nilabag. Sabi nga po flight is evidence of guilt,” said Presidential Spokesperson Secretary Harry Roque.
(This is good news because firstly, why would he be hiding in Taiwan if he did not violate any laws? As they say: flight is evidence of guilt.)
He also assured justice for Ozamiz residents.
“Sa mga residente ng bayan ni Mayor at Councilor Parojinog, sisiguraduhin naman po natin na magkakaroon ng katarungan kung may nalabag na batas itong si Councilor Parojinog. Siya po ay iimbestigahan, lilitisin at parurusahan sa krimen yan,” said Roque.
(To the constituents of Mayor and Councilor Parojinog, we will ensure that justice will be served if indeed Councilor Parojinog committed a crime. He will undergo investigation and trial for that crime.)
It can be recalled that his niece, then Vice Mayor Princess Parojinog, was also arrested for possession of illegal drugs, and is now detained at the PNP Custodial Center while her brother Reynaldo Parojinog Jr. is in Quezon City Jail.
Ardot’s arrest was prompted by information relayed to the PNP by one of his former colleagues who was previously arrested. – Lea Ylagan / Marje Pelayo | UNTV News & Rescue
PNP: Warrantless arrest against street idlers is legal
Police arrest a number of men for going around shirtless in public.
QUEZON CITY, Philippines – The Philippine National Police (PNP) defended its move to arrest loiterers or “tambays” who violate city ordinances despite the criticisms the agency has drawn from various sectors over its crackdown on street idlers.
PNP Spokesperson PSSupt. Benigno Durana said the law allows the arrest of loiterers without warrant citing Section 3, Rule 113 of the Rules of Court.
“Number 1 when in the presence of police officer a crime or a violation has been committed, or the person to be arrested has committed or attempting to commit a violation or a crime. Number 2 when a police officer has personal knowledge that the crime has been committed, at pangatlo when the person to be arrested ay isang escapee, nakatakas po siya sa mga kulungan, “ said Durana.
He noted the PNP is mandated to maintain peace and order so they are bound to implement laws like arresting those who violate local policies.
“This is not just cutting crimes but improving the sense of public safety and security of the people. Iyong mapabuti natin ang pakiramdam ng taumbayan sa kanilang kaligtasan at seguridad,” he added.
Durana clarified that a person may refuse an invitation to the police precinct but implores the public to familiarize themselves with the ordinances in their respective areas.
While Commission on Human Rights (CHR) Spokesperson Atty. Jackie De Guia said in a message that the agency understands the administration’s objective to ensure peace and order and public safety, it asserts that warrantless arrest is unconstitutional.
“Nauunawaan namin ang intensyon ng administrasyon na tiyakin ang katahimikan sa mga kalsada at siguruhin ang kaligtasan ng publiko. Subalit, ang paghuli ng sinuman ng walang warrant of arrest ay labag sa ating Saligang Batas,” she said.
De Guia added that a person should not be arrested without probable cause and due process and that police should not discriminate nor stereotype street loiterers as troublemakers.
“Hindi rin tama na lahatin bilang kriminal ang mga itinuturing na “tambay sa kalye.” Ito ay isang uri ng diskriminasyon na nagdudulot ng stigma,” she added.
In response, the PNP assured strict implementation of police operational procedure and warns dismissal against violators. – Lea Ylagan / Marje Pelayo
HPG to make a come back on EDSA
A member of the Highway Patrol Group
QUEZON CITY, Philippines – The Philippine National Police (PNP) Highway Patrol Group (HPG) is now preparing for their come back on major thoroughfares on EDSA.
According to HPG Director PCSupt. Roberto Fajardo, they are now coordinating with the Land Transportation Office (LTO) Chief Edgar Galvante for their return in manning the traffic situation on one of the busiest highways in Metro Manila.
Fajardo noted that the number of vehicles plying the roads of EDSA has now doubled its capacity of 140,000. EDSA is now holding over 360,000 vehicles every day.
According to a study conducted by Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA,) the country’s economy is losing up to P2.4 billion a day due to heavy traffic.
This is the reason why Fajardo wants to assist the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) in managing traffic situation in EDSA and to help in the strict enforcement of traffic regulations as well as in apprehension of offenders.
“Ang HPG ay may coordination sa LTO sa violations sa mga sasakyan, traffic. I reported to Asec. Galvante, nag-usap kami. Talagang kailangan namin iyong deputization para makatulong kami to ease up the traffic. Pati iyong mga nababangga, we will see to it na parehas naming titiketan yun to serve as a lesson na pag nabangga ka ibig sabihin ay reckless ka,” Fajardo said.
(The HPG has coordination with LTO when it comes to traffic violations. I reported to Asec. Galvante and we had a talk. We really need deputization to help ease up traffic. In car accidents, we will see to it that both parties get a ticket to serve as a lesson on reckless driving.)
Fajardo added that they will select the most able men to be deployed on EDSA who will undergo training.
“We will conduct first seminar, may exam pa yun. Di basta basta i-issue yung deputization ng LTO. You have to undergo seminar,” said Fajardo.
(We will conduct a seminar first and then give an exam. We won’t just issue an LTO deputization. You have to undergo seminar.)
Fajardo, meanwhile, warned dismissal against HPG personnel involved in extortion and abuse of motorists. – Lea Ylagan / Marje Pelayo
Albayalde confirms arrest of suspect in the Nueva Ecija priest’s slay
FILE PHOTO: Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Director General Oscar Albayalde
QUEZON CITY, Philippines – The Philippine National Police (PNP) is now in custody of the primary suspect in the killing of Nueva Ecija priest, Richmond Nilo.
This was confirmed by PNP Chief Director General Oscar Albayalde on the day of the priest’s burial service in Nueva Ecija.
The suspect was identified as Adell Roll Milan who was arrested in Barangay Malapit, San Isidro, nueva Ecija at 6:30 p.m. of Thursday, June 14.
Albayalde added that an altar boy positively identified Milan as the one who shot the priest while facilitating a mass.
Authorities are still uncertain of the motive of the crime, however, they are looking into three possible motives of the suspect: land dispute; the priest’s active support for victims of sexual abuse; and conflict with another religious group. – UNTV News & Rescue