January 16, 2018, 11:13 pm
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Task of identifying ‘Parojinog cops’ begins

THE PNP will conduct an investigation to determine the policemen who were involved in the illegal activities of the Parojinog family in Ozamiz City.

PNP spokesman Chief Supt. Dionardo Carlos said investigators will backtrack as many years as possible to determine the identities of the cops formerly assigned in Ozamiz City who may have helped the Parojinogs sow terror in the city.

“We will try to find out exactly what was each policeman’s duties and responsibilities the time they were assigned in Ozamiz City and what were their links with the Parojinogs. If there is an intelligence report of their involvement in the past, we will include that,” Carlos said.

President Duterte, during the 116th Police Service Anniversary celebrations in Camp Crame on Wednesday, offered a P2 million bounty each, dead or alive, for cops who connived with the Parojinogs in their illegal activities, including drug dealing.

Duterte made the offer after a mass grave was discovered earlier this week at the back of the barangay hall in Barangay Cogon, where the alleged enemies of the Parojinogs were buried, according to local residents.

Duterte did not give the number of cops involved with the Parojinogs.   “We will look at all the information that will be provided to us, and we will validate them.”

A pre-dawn service of a search warrant led by the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group based in Region 10 led to the killing of Mayor Reynaldo Parojinog Sr., his wife Susan, brother Octavio, sister Mona, and 12 others last month.

In a press conference early Wednesday night in Camp Crame, Chief Insp. Jovie Espenido, Ozamiz City police chief, said three days after he was assigned in Ozamiz, he held a dialogue with local officials and known criminals in the city to convince them to stop their illicit activities.

Espenido showed up at the Justice Department yesterday to check the complaint filed against him and his men in connection with an encounter with Martilyo Gang members in Ozamiz City in July.

Espenido said he would not mind being assigned in another area where his services are needed. – With Ashzel Hachero
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