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
Duterte awaiting recommendation from AFP, PNP on Martial Law extension – Palace
AFP Chief of Staff General Carlito Galvez, Jr. and PNP Director General Oscar Albayalde
MANILA, Philippines – Presidential Spokesperson and Chief Legal Adviser Salvador Panelo clarified that President Rodrigo Duterte is still awaiting the recommendation from the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) on whether or not to extend the imposition of Martial Law in Mindanao.
It can be recalled that Congress allowed the extension of Martial Law in the region until December 31, 2018 upon request of the Duterte administration in order to eradicate Islamic State-inspired terror groups that sparked the Marawi siege.
Panelo said the President still gives utmost consideration to the information that the military provides as the soldiers are the ones monitoring the actual security situation on ground.
However, Panelo believes that another extension of Martial Law remains highly necessary to ensure the safety of the majority of citizens in all parts of the country.
“As I said, if it is helping the population – the population is not even opposing it, so to my mind, there is a need to extend it,” Panelo said. “But according to the President that will depend on the advice, the recommendation of the military because they are the ones on the ground.”
Meanwhile, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said the Department of National Defense (DND) is continuously assessing the situation in Mindanao through consultations with members of the community, local government units, the business sector and civil society groups.
“We are currently assessing the situation consulting with the population, LGUs, military, police, business and civil society. We will make the recommendation in the next two months before the year ends,” Lorenzana said in a statement. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Rosalie Coz)
PNP to release list of election hotspots on October 17
QUEZON CITY, Philippines – The Philippine National Police (PNP) is set to release the list of election hotspots across the country on the last day of filing of certificate of candidacy (COC) on October 17.
PNP Chief Director General Oscar Albayalde, however, named five areas where incidents of election-related violence are perennial.
These are Abra, Masbate, Lanao, Zamboanga Del Norte and Zamboanga Del Sur.
Albayalde noted, however, that these areas are not the top five in the list because they are still finalizing their records.
“Ito iyong sinasabi natin na mga perrenial na andyan sa election watchlist areas (EWAs) na di nawawala tuwing election. Ilalabas natin ang final after the end of candidacy,” Albayalde said. – Lea Ylagan / Marje Pelayo
PNP names 8 suspects in PDEA agents ambush
Image courtesy of PNP Regional Office ARMM
LANAO DEL SUR, Philippines – Eight suspects in the ambush of Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) agents in Kapai, Lanao del Sur on October 5 have already been identified by the Philippine National Police (PNP).
According to a PNP spot report, the suspects are as follows:
1) Oscar Capal Gandawali,
2) Palawan Salem Macalabo,
3) Lala Lolo Amboloto,
4) Jamal Lolo Amboloto,
5) Mizangcad Panonde Gandawali,
6) Aiman Guro Gandawali,
7) Jamel Borar A.K.A Memekan,
8) William Gandawali
Cases of multiple murder and double frustrated murder have been filed against the suspects.
The group is believed to have links to a certain Comayog Macapagal of Tagoloan, Lanao Del Sur, who was among the drug personalities in the narcolist of Marawi City Police.
Macapagal was killed in a shootout with personnel from the Lanao Del Sur Provincial Police Office in a buy bust operation in Marawi City last August 8, 2018.
According to reports, Macapagal’s relatives have threatened to retaliate against government troops.
Macapagal’s nephew, Oscar Capal Gandawali, organized his close relatives to execute their revenge.
Below is the relationship of the suspects to Comayog Macapagal:
William Comayog Gandawali, the incumbent barangay chairman of Inudaran, Tagoloan ll, is Macapagal’s older brother.
Oscar Gandawali is the son of William Comayug Gandawali and a nephew of Macapagal.
Aiman Gandawali is the son of Macapagal and also William’s nephew.
Siblings Lala Lolo Amboloto and Jamal Lolo Amboloto; Palawan Salem Macalabo; and Mizangkad Panonde Gandawali are all nephews of Comayog Macapagal from another sibling.
Jamel Borar a.k.a. Memekan is a relative by affinity and an identified associate of Macapagal in illegal drugs trade.
The PNP and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) are now conducting an investigation and massive intelligence operations to know the whereabouts of the suspects and two other unidentified personalities believed to also be next of kin. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Lea Ylagan)
Courtesy of PNP Regional Office ARMM