THE police raid in Ozamiz City where its Mayor Reynaldo “Aldong” Parojinog Sr., his wife Susan, and several others were killed was part of the Duterte administration’s intensified anti-drug campaign, the Palace said Sunday.
Presidential spokesperson Ernesto Abella issued the statement in the aftermath of the incident at about 2 a.m. when police with search warrants raided the Parojinog compound.
“The administration vowed to intensify the drug campaign. The Parojinogs, if you would recall, are included in President Rodrigo Duterte’s list of personalities involved in the illegal drug trade,” Abella said.
“Authorities will be releasing updates as soon as they become available,” he added.
Ozamiz Vice Mayor Nova Parojinog Echaves, who is in a relationship with high-profile New Bilibid Prison inmate Herbert Colangco, has also been arrested after the raid in San Roque Lawis yielded illegal drugs and firearms.
During his second State of the Nation Address (SONA), President Duterte vowed that the fight against drugs would be unrelenting despite international and local pressure, and that he did not intend to loosen the leash.
“No matter how long it takes, that the fight against drugs will continue because it is the root cause of evil, suffering,” Duterte said.
The proposed 2018 budget for “Oplan Double Barrel”, which is the police’s anti-drug campaign, is at P900 million.