QC court denies Parojinog bid to dismiss illegal firearms case

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    A QUEZON City court has junked the plea of Reynaldo Parojinog Jr. seeking the dismissal of three illegal possession of firearms cases against him for insufficiency of evidence.

    In a ruling dated Jan. 16, Quezon City RT Branch 105 Presiding Judge Editha Mina-Aguba denied the demurrer to evidence filed by Parojinog, saying the prosecution panel was able to prove the elements of the crime charged. A demurrer to evidence is filed by a party asking the court to junk a case due to insufficiency of evidence presented by the prosecution.

    Parojinog is the son of Ozamiz City Mayor Reynaldo Parojinog Sr. who was killed along with 14 others in a police raid on July 30, 2017. He is serving life imprisonment at the New Bilibid Prison after he was convicted by Branch 79 of the Quezon City RTC in May last year for possession of 116.9 grams of shabu seized in the same raid.

    The court said it is up to Parojinog to prove the ownership and registration of the firearms and explain why they were found inside his residence at the time of the police raid. – Ashzel Hachero