If would be asked, Philippine National Police chief Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa wanted Ozamiz Mayor City Reynaldo Parojinog Sr. alive and be submitted to justice.
The operation vs the Parojinogs which caused the death of 15 people last Sunday, July 30 was headed by Police Chief Inspector Jovie Espenido who was also the city police director.
According to Espenido, they wanted the Parojinogs alive and to show the people how they will undergo the proper grind of justice.
Questioned about the cut-off of the electricity, Espenido said he does not know why it occurred during that time. As for him, he doesn’t want to focus on the brownout, what is important is that the operation is protected by warrant which makes it valid and legal.
Espenido pronounced that the raid on the Parojinog compound went well.
“No one was hurt, because they showed no resistance. The body guard in the house of Reynaldo Jr opened the gate and the door to the authorities,” he recounts.
Firearms and suspected crystal meth (shabu) were said to be found by the authorities in the house which leads to the arrest of Reybaldo Jr.
But the case was different in the houses of Mayor Reynaldo Parojinog and his daughter, Vice Mayor Nova Princess Parojinog-Echaves because the Policemen had to force their entry into those houses, Espenido added.
Raiding teams consisting 8 members for man assault and another 8 as security elements simultaneously raided the three Parojinog Houses.
Espenido described the Mayor’s house as to be located on a corner, 200 meters away to east is the house of Reynaldo Jr, both houses belong to Barangay ta. Cruz, while some 25 meters away to the northwest is the house of Vice Mayor Nova which belongs to Barangay San Roque.
He recalled that when they arrived at premises of Parojinogs house, they were instantly greeted by a “volley of gunfire.”
After the encounter, 15 casualties were declared. The Initial identities were later released by the Northern Mindanao Police.
Among those killed were the Cuty Mayor of Ozamiz-Reynaldo Parojinog Sr., his wife Susan, Misamis Occidental board member and brother of Mayor Parojinog, Octavio Parojinog Jr., mayor’s sister Mona, a certain “Iting”, Edwin Rusiana,Eldred Requiron, Nestor Cabalan, Miguel Dela Victoria,, Corlito Ayaay, L. Millanar, Daniel Vasques, Jennirey Manon, Ryan Reguera, and , a certain “Lando”
The full identities and background of the casualties are still being determined by the authorities according to Senior Inspector Julie Garcia, spokesperson of the Misamis Occidental Police.
Garcia stated that the serving of the warrant was supervised by the CIDG (Criminal Investigation and Detection Group) and was assisted and backed up by the police, the simultaneous raids through the houses followed proper operational procedures and is considered legitimate.
Meanwhile, Dela Rosa was somehow pleased with the outcome as long as his men are safe.
“I want him alive to answer charges pero kung lumaban siya then I want my men alive than him” Dela Rose said in a press conference at Camp Crame in Quezon City on July 31.
“Palagi kong sinasabi na after the smoke is clear it should be the good man standing and bad man laying the pavement.” Dela Rosa said.
“Sa susunod huwag na tayong maglabanan, mag-surrender na lang at mag-heed sa pakiusap ng ating president,” he added.
(Next time it would be better not to resist, just surrender and heed the President’s requests.)
The bloody operation summed up doubts and speculations from numerous lawmakers, some of are Sens. Francis Pangilinan, Francis Escudero.