December 12, 2017, 8:16 am
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P80M shabu seized from Parojinogs

POLICE operatives conducted a series of operations against remnants of the Parojinog clan in Ozamiz City, Misamis Occidental on Wednesday and seized more than P80 million worth of suspected shabu.

Chief Supt. Timoteo Pacleb, Police Regional Office-10 (Northern Mindanao) head, said operatives of the Ozamiz City Police Station, led by Chief Insp. Jovie Espenido, launched simultaneous operations against individuals identified with the Parojinogs.

Espenido joined local CIDG agents in a bloody raid against Mayor Reynaldo Parojinog Sr. last July that ended in the killing of the mayor and 13 others. His daughter, Vice Mayor Nova Princess, and a son were arrested. Other prominent members of the Parojinog family remain at-large.

Pacleb said the operations were conducted between 9:05 p.m. to 10:02 p.m. when police served search warrants on the supporters and relatives of the slain mayor.

Among those who were served search warrants were Melodia Malingin, Gaudencio Malingin, Maychell Parojinog Gumapac, Manuelito Francisco, Rizalina Francisco, June Francisco, Ricardo Parojinog and Christopher Parojinog.

The Malingins were arrested while the others were not around when the operation was held.

Seized from the Mangilins were eight plastic bags containing an estimated eight kilos of suspected shabu valued at P40 million.

Two more kilos of shabu worth P10 million were seized from the house of Maychell Parojinog-Gumapac. Her house also yielded one steel vault, an air soft rifle and a magazine with ammo.

Police said the raid at the house of the Franciscos yielded an M4 Bushmaster, three short magazines for M16, a bandolier, 90 pieces of ammunition for M16, two grenade launchers, three live ammo for a M203 grenade launcher and 20 empty cartridges for M16 ammo.

The houses of the two other Parojinogs yielded an M16 rifle, a short magazine, 19 live 5.56 ammo and a hand grenade.

Earlier, a raid on the house of Butch Merino, identified as a former driver and bodyguard of Vice Mayor Nova Princess Parijinog, also resulted in the seizure of some P32 million worth of shabu.

Espenido expressed belief that the stash of illegal drugs was part of 86 kilograms of shabu believed to be in the possession of the Parojinogs.

“These are old stock. When I arrived in Ozamiz City they kept it…until now that they brought it out because they have no more money,” Espenido said. -- Raymond Africa
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