Amid perceptions and allegations that the killings of the Parojinogs during an ungodly hour when there was power outage were premeditated just like what happened to Albuera, Leyte Mayor Rolando Espinosa, police officials took their turns in defending the raid on the residences of Ozamis Mayor Reynaldo Parojinog Sr. and his family.
Ozamiz Police Chief Inspector Jovie Espenido, who was the chief of police of Albuera, Leyte when Espinosa was killed on November 5 last year inside his detention cell in Baybay City, denied that the killings of the Parojinogs were extra-judicial.
He said that even before authorities could serve the warrants to the Parojinogs, the mayor and his men opened fire at the authorities, prompting the latter to retaliate.
Espenido added that a member of the mayor’s security team was holding a hand grenade that was supposed to be thrown at the authorities but policemen were able to shoot him before he was able to toss the explosive, which blew up on the Parojinogs and their men.
“Walang EJK dito. May pagkataon na nabaril kasi ‘yong nga lumaban pero di masabi na ‘yong pusher binaril [There is no EJK here. There are cases when they are shot because they fought back but we can’t compare it to the case of a pusher who was shot],” said Espenido.
Authorities recovered from the mayor’s house-caliber guns, explosives, and an ammunition for a grenade launcher. Also found in the residence were a kilo of shabu and P1.4 million in case. But the mayor’s daughter, Ozamiz Vice Mayor Nova Princess Parojinog claimed that the pieces of evidence against her family were planted.