Parojinog Jr. gets life sentence for illegal drug possession

Robie de Guzman   •   May 31, 2019   •   3145

Reynaldo Parojinog Jr.

MANILA, Philippines – A Quezon City court has convicted the son of slain Ozamiz City mayor Reynaldo Parojinog Sr. for possession of illegal drugs.

The Quezon City Regional Trial Court Branch 79 sentenced Reynaldo Parojinog Jr. to life imprisonment after he was found guilty of violating the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.

The court said the prosecution was able to prove beyond reasonable doubt that the young Parojinog was in possession of more than 100 grams of methamphetamine hydrochloride, locally known as shabu, when authorities raided their homes in 2017.

Judge Nadine Jessica Corazon Fama also ordered him to pay P500,000 fine.

Parojinog Jr. was arrested with his sister, Ozamiz City vice mayor Nova Princess Parojinog when police raided their residences in Barangay Sta. Cruz in Ozamiz City last July 2017.

Parojinog Sr. and 14 others were killed in the operation.

The Parojinogs were tagged as the source of illegal drugs in Ozamiz.

Police Major Jovie Espinido, Ozamiz City police chief who led the raids at the Parojinog residences, was elated over the court’s decision.

“Nagpapasalamat ako sa Panginoon talagang tiningnan ang trabago ng pulis, we received the reward,” Espinido said.

He also expressed hope that the case against Parojinog Jr.’s sister will have the same result.

Nova Princess Parojinog is facing charges for illegal drugs, illegal possession of firearms and explosives.

PNP: Parojinog’s medical furlough allowed by court

Aileen Cerrudo   •   January 29, 2020

Princess Parojinog

The Philippine National Police (PNP) has announced that the court approved the medical furlough of former Ozamiz City vice mayor Nova Princess Parojinog in November 2018.

In a statement, PNP Spokesperson PBGen. Bernard Banac said that based on their investigation, the release of Parojinog from detention was not a form of special treatment.

“After thorough examination of documents and official reports, it became clear that the medical furlough of detainee Parojinog on November 12, 2018 had the express permission of the court,” he said.

The Quezon City Regional Trial Court Branch 95 approved the medical furlough of Parojinog for her dental x-ray.

This includes December 23, 2019 when she visited her brother Reynaldo Parojinog Jr. at the Metro Manila District Jail in Camp Bagong Diwa, Taguig.—AAC (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

Duterte on Espenido’s assignment: ‘Bacolod is badly hit now’

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 18, 2019

President Rodrigo Duterte has assigned Lt. Col. Jovie Espenido to Bacolod City because the city is “badly hit” by illegal drugs.

The deployment of Espenido was announced on Thursday (October 17), during the President’s speech at the 45th Business Conference and Expo in Manila.

“Bacolod is badly hit now and I placed Espenido there, iyong tinatakutan nila na pulis, (the police who is feared)” he said. “Sabi ko (I said), ‘Go there and you are free to kill everybody.’ T*** i**** iyan. ‘Go, start killing them.’”

Espenido, who was recently promoted from the rank of major to lieutenant colonel, faced controversies after the illegal drug operation in 2016.

In November 2016, Leyte Mayor Rolando Espinosa was killed in the custodial facility during the service of a warrant. Meanwhile in 2017, Ozamiz City Mayor Reynaldo Parojinog and 14 other men were killed during a police operation.—AAC (with reports from Rosalie Coz)

Sotto reveals similarities in Bikoy’s claims in 2016, 2019

Maris Federez   •   May 8, 2019

Senate President Vicente Sotto III revealed on Wednesday that Patrick Joemel Advincula had gone to his office in 2016 to give information against Former President Benigno Aquino III and his then cabinet members.

Sotto presented a matrix of Advincula’s separate sworn statements when he went to his office in 2016 and when he went to the Integrated Bar of the Philippines on May 6.

Based on his statement in 2016, Advincula implicated Aquino and several cabinet members in illegal drugs trade.

“Doon sa mga patron na sinasabi niya, makikita ninyo listahan na may mga code, code pa sýa [The patrons he was referring to, you would see a list that has codes]. In the list, Elizalde Co, former President Benigno Aquino, former DILG Secretary Mar Roxas, former DOJ Secretary Leila de Lima, Teresita Raniola, Congressman Fernando Gonzales, Congressman Luis Villafuerte at [and] Thomas Enrile.  Ito ‘yung mga patron ng Quadrangle Syndicate [These are the patrons of Quadrangle Syndicate],” Sotto said.

According to the Senate president, several names mentioned in Advincula’s statement in 2016 were also mentioned in his statement at the IBP.

Sotto, however, added that this time, it was former Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte, Attorney Manases Carpio and former Special Assistant to the President Bong Go whom Advincula was prominently implicating to the narcotics trade.

Sotto also said that back in 2016, his office even checked the bank account that Advincula claimed was where the syndicate deposited drug money, which the bank then vehemently denied.

The senator added that Advincula changed his statement when his staff questioned him about the bank’s denial of the account.

“Ang kwento niya, pasensya na, Sir, naglihim ako sa  inyo at natatakot na rin ako sa seguridad ko. Di ko sa iyo sinabi noong una ang tunay na strategies nila sa pagdeposit ng pera sa China. Malinis ang sindikato dito. Ang lahat ng deposit account nila ay QNBC,” according to Hutch Altavas, Senator Sotto’s political assistant.

The senator added, “yung QNBC, yung dinescribe niya, pinatanong namin. Ang sabi Quill Net Banking Corporations ng HSBC. Tinanong ko rin yung sa HSBC yun, sabi niya theres no such thing.”

Sotto said this was why his office did not take Advincula’s claim seriously.

The senator even said that Alias Bikoy’s latest claim has now, for him, become dubious as he just changed some details from his 2016 story.

“So perhaps the best thing again to learn from this lesson, perhaps a good lesson to IBP and religious sector na huwag basta basta ika nga e patol nang patol sa mga ito,” the Senate President said. – Maris Federez

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