Parojinog lawyer to petition transfer of case to Ozamiz City

UNTV News   •   August 1, 2017   •   18751

IMAGE_UNTV_NEWS_073117_ATTY Lawrence Carin

MANILA, Philippines — Atty. Lawrence Carin, one of the lawyers of the Parojinog family, wants the case of his clients be transferred to Ozamiz City.

The lawyer said, it is not reasonable for a resident of Mindanao to attend a series of hearings in Manila.

“The court will issue a commitment order. As of now there is no commitment order issued by the court because we have no courts yesterday because its a Sunday and the operation was made on a Saturday,” Parojinog family lawyer Atty. Lawrence Carin said.

Meanwhile, Atty. Ferdinand Topacio, the lead counsel of the Parojinog family argued that the CCTV in the house can be used as an evidence to prove that the operation violated the rights of the Parojinogs.

“Katulad niyan sabi nila ay nanlaban. Di ba magandang depensa na nandoon makikita sa CCTV na bumubunot si Mayor Parojinog ng baril, nakikipagbarilan siya? Pero bakit ikinubli yun?” said Atty. Topacio. (They [police] said the [Parojinogs] fired back. Wouldn’t it be a better defense to see on CCTV that Mayor Parojinog was pulling a gun and exchanging fire? But why was it concealed?)

Even the serving of the search warrant at 2:30 in the morning, the lawyer said, is a violation of the rights of his clients.

But PNP Chief Ronald dela Rosa argued that a search warrant can be issued any time of the day.

“’Every time’ is a legal time to serve a search warrant. Walang sinabi doon sa search warrant na kailangan serve mo search warrant only during office hours (It doesn’t say that search warrants should only be served during office hours). Ibig sabihin (meaning), you are commanded to serve the search warrant on a specific location any time of the day, any day of the week. So 24/7 po yan,” Dela Rosa said.

Likewise, the PNP Chief strongly denies accusation of Vice Mayor Nova Princess Parojinog that the pieces of evidence found inside their house were planted.

Among the items seized inside the Parojinog compound were an M-79 rifle; a huge sum of cash and shabu.

Earlier, the vice mayor and her brother Reynaldo Parojinog Jr. went through proper booking procedures.

The two Parojinogs were then set to undergo inquest proceedings.

Mayor Reynaldo Parojinog was included in President Duterte’s list of  of personalities involved in illegal drug trade in the country. – Mon Jocson | UNTV News & Rescue



Muntinlupa Police creates task group to investigate Santos slay case

Maris Federez   •   February 20, 2020

MUNTINLUPA CITY, Philippines — The Muntinlupa City Police has created a special investigation task group to focus on the killing of suspended Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) legal officer Atty. Frederick Anthony Santos.

The police said neither the closed-circuit television camera (CCTV) installed in the vicinity of the crime scene nor the dashcam of Santos’ vehicle was able to capture the shooting incident that took the life of the official.

Muntinlupa City Police chief PCol. Hermogenes Duque Cabe, however, said they can still check on all the CCTV in the possible route that the suspects took in fleeing the crime scene.
“Ongoing ang investigation pa rin hanggang ngayon,” Cabe said.

Based on the autopsy, Santos sustained two gunshots in the head, one on his neck, and three on his left arm.

Witnesses said the suspects left the crime scene on a motorcycle.

The Department of Justice, on the other hand, has earlier ordered the National Bureau of Investigation to conduct its own investigation on the killing of the suspended BuCor official.

The DOJ doesn’t discount the possibility that the shooting is connected with the good conduct time allowance (GCTA) controversy at the agency.

Santos was supposed to return to work on March 12 after the six-month suspension meted out on him by the Office of the Ombudsman due to anomalous implementation of the GCTA.

Meanwhile, Senator Ronald dela Rosa believes that the drug lords in the New Bilibid Prisons are behind the killing of Atty. Santos.

“’yung nagpapatay dyan sa mga tao natin sa BuCor, yan din yung mga nakakulong na drug lord dyan na kumbaga hindi nasunod yung kanilang kagustuhan. Marami pa yang pera at galamay sa labas na pwede kang ipapatay. Tinatakot nga ang mga judge, mga piskal,” dela Rosa said. —(from the report of Correspondent Sherwin Culubong) /mbmf

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)


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