MANILA, Philippines – Ozamiz City Vice Mayor Nova Princess Parojinog is appealing to President Rodrigo Duterte and the Senate to investigate the death of four of her family members and 11 others in a series of police drug raids early Sunday morning.
“I am asking President Duterte to investigate this and the Senate of the Philippines,” Parojinog told media while at a police station where she was brought hours after her father, Mayor Reynaldo Parojinog Sr., mother Susan, and siblings Ozamiz board member Octavio and Mona, and members of the mayor’s security team were killed around 2:30 a.m. on July 30.
Nova asked Duterte to closely look into what really happened, saying the President knew her father. “Tingnan n’yang maigi. Kilala n’ya ang papa ko, kilala n’ya ang papa ko.”
Nova said that if there were no irregularities in the incident, the police would not allegedly remove the hard disks of the CCTV cameras that were installed in several of the family’s properties in Barangays Baybay San Roque and Baybay Santa Cruz where the killings took place.
“Dapat kung walang irregularity, hindi nila tinaggal ang hard disk ng mga CCTV namin,” she said.
Authorities reported an exchange of gunfire between the mayor’s security team and police serving search warrants. But according to the vice mayor, nobody from her family and their security team opened fire on the members of the police raiding team.
“Wala pong nagpaputok from our end,” said Nova.
A report from radio dzMM quoted Ozamiz City Police Chief Inspector Jovie Espenido as saying that authorities did not get the hard disks from the CCTVs and that power went out when the killings took place.
In August 2016, Duterte named Nova, her father Reynaldo, and the mayor’s brother Ozamiz councilor Ricardo “Ardot” Parojinog as among the politicians allegedly involved in drugs.
In June 2016, Mayor Parojinog admitted that his daughter Nova had a relationship with Herbert “Ampang” Colanggo, a convicted drug dealer and high-profile inmate at the National Bilibid Prison, who testified during a congressional inquiry last year that he gave millions of pesos to Sen. Leila de Lima for her senatorial bid in the May 2016 polls.
According to the mayor, Nova’a marriage to Brgy. San Antonio, Ozamiz Chairman Edgar Echavez, a former basketball player who played for Ginebra Kings, had been annulled.
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