President backs police behind Ozamiz raids

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PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte is standing by the policemen who conducted Sunday’s bloody raid that killed Ozamiz City Mayor Reynaldo Parojinog Sr. and 14 others.

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At the sidelines of the 113th founding anniversary of the Bureau of Internal Revenue Wednesday, the President told reporters policemen have the right to protect themselves when suspects resist.

“The police and the military should make sure that their enemies are dead. Otherwise, if the other guy can still pull the trigger, you will end up with a dead police or a dead soldier,” Duterte told reporters.

The President noted that the Parojinogs were “running the city as if it was a feudal state of the family.”

“[We don’t] pick one enemy at a time. You are up against an organization. Parojinog has been there and you can ask the ordinary citizen of Ozamiz,” the President said.

“And so my order to the military and the police and rightly so: to destroy the organization, the supplier, the users and everybody connected with the organization because they keep alive the trade,” he added.

On Sunday, Parojinog, his wife Susan, Misamis Occidental Board member Octavio Parojinog Jr., and others were killed in a series of raids conducted by the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group.

Ozamiz Vice Mayor Nova Princess Parojinog and her brother Reynaldo Parojinog Jr., children of the mayor, survived the bloody raids. The two are detained in Camp Crame in Quezon City.

Police said they were met with fire from the Parojinogs’ security men, prompting the lawmen to retaliate.
The Parojinogs were earlier tagged by President Duterte as “narco-politicians.”

Also on Wednesday, the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC) asked the National Bureau of Investigation to conduct a parallel investigation into the police operation in Ozamiz City.

VACC founding Chairman Dante Jimenez made the request after the vice mayor, Nova Princess, sought the assistance of the group.

The vice mayor insists the raids were illegal, even claiming that authorities planted evidence to frame her for crimes she did not commit.

with JEFFERSON ANTIPORDA

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