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 to arrest profiteers, hoarders amid price freeze
QUEZON CITY, Philippines – Police authorities vow to help in the strict implementation of the price freeze on basic commodities amid the massive flooding brought about by the inclement weather in Metro Manila and nearby provinces.
PNP chief Director General Oscar Albayalde said he had already ordered personnel from the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) to coordinate with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in enforcing the automatic price control particularly in Metro Manila, Bulacan, Cavite, Rizal, and other areas affected by the calamity.
The PNP Chief also ordered the arrest of profiteers and hoarders taking advantage of the situation.
“This is to prevent profiteering, hoarding and illegal acts of price manipulation,” said Albayalde.
Albayalde noted that upon the declaration of a state of calamity, sixty-day price freeze on basic and essential goods is automatically enforced citing Republic Act 7581 or the Price Act of 1992.
Basic commodities include:
- fresh, dried and canned fish and other marine products
- fresh pork, beef, and poultry meat
- fresh eggs
- fresh and processed milk
- fresh vegetables
- root crops
- cooking oil
- laundry soap
- and drugs classified as essential by the Department of Health (Price Act of 1992)
Among the areas placed under a state of calamity as of Sunday (August 12) were Marikina, Olongapo, Balanga; some municipalities in Bataan, Pangasinan, Nueva Ecija, and Tarlac; and the entire province of Cavite. – Lea Ylagan / Marje Pelayo
PNP to publish names of police recruits to weed out scalawags
PNP Chief PDG Oscar Albayalde
QUEZON CITY, Philippines – The Philippine National Police (PNP) will soon publish in broadsheets and social media the names of new police recruits as part of its stricter screening process.
PNP Chief PDG Oscar Albayalde said the measure would allow the general public to report the recruits with pending criminal cases.
“The applicants, their names will all be published in major newspapers na kaibigan natin na gustong mag-publish din nito (who are willing to publish), whether broadsheet or tabloid,” Albayalde said.
Albayalde added that under the proposed recruitment reform, an officer who conducted and signed off on the background investigation of a would-be policeman who later turns out to have pending criminal cases, will also be sanctioned.
“Magiging strict tayo sa (We will be strict with) background investigation that will be conducted by the different stations they will make to sign, the station commanders and the person who conducted and the police officer who conducted the background investigation. Kaya kapag ito ay may ginawa na di maganda (So if the new recruit does something bad ), we will go back to that person kung sino ang nag-BI sa kanya,” the PNP Chief explained.
The PNP also plans to put barcodes on psychological tests taken by its recruits to prevent them from being tampered with.
The reforms in the PNP recruitment process were prompted by the cases involving cops in crimes and illegal practices.
Just recently, a PO3 was named as the gunman in the killing of Sapa-Sapa, Tawi-Tawi City Vice Mayor Alrashid Mohammad Alih last July 11.
Another cop was implicated in the abduction of a businessman in Laguna while a group of rookie policemen was arrested over extortion complaints. – Lea Ylagan | UNTV News & Rescue
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PNP names suspect in Sapa-Sapa, Tawi-Tawi Vice Mayor slay
PNP Chief Director General Oscar Albayalde
QUEZON CITY, Philippines – The Philippine National Police (PNP) is now tracking the whereabouts of PO3 Mohammad Lacbao Tolete, the prime suspect in the murder of Sapa-Sapa Tawi Tawi Vice Mayor Alrashid Mohammad Alih.
“Another prospective candidate for dismissal in our internal cleansing program is PO3 Mohammad Lacbao Tolete who has been charged for the murder of the late Sapa-Sapa Tawi Tawi Vice Mayor identified as Al Rashid Alih,” announced PNP Chief PDG Oscar Albayalde.
Tolete was positively identified by the victim’s spouse.
Authorities suspect that Tolete was hired by Alih’s political rivals as the Vice Mayor announced his bid for the city’s mayoralty race prior to the crime.
Tolete was assigned at Lamitan City Police Station but turn absent without leave (AWOL) following the July 11 ambush on Alih in Zamboanga City. – Lea Ylagan / Marje Pelayo