Philippine police fatally shot greater than a dozen individuals, together with a mayor whom President Rodrigo Duterte publicly linked to the drug commerce, throughout an early morning raid Sunday.
Reynaldo Parojinog, mayor of Ozamiz Metropolis in Mindanao in southern Philippines, and at the least 14 others, together with his spouse, are the newest casualties in Duterte’s brutal drug warfare. It has killed hundreds of suspected drug customers and sellers. Parojinog was the third mayor killed within the authorities’s crackdown on narcotics, particularly methamphetamine, regionally referred to as shabu.
Authorities stated Parojinog and others have been killed in an trade of gunfire with police. Ozamiz police chief Jovie Espenido stated officers went to look Parojinog’s home for unlawful firearms once they have been met with gunshots and have been pressured to fireside again, the Related Press reported. A grenade held by one of many mayor’s bodyguards exploded through the confrontation, Espenido stated.
“He’s a excessive-worth goal on unlawful medicine,” Espenido stated, in accordance with the AP.
No less than 5 have been arrested, together with Parojinog’s daughter, Nova Parojinog Echavez, who’s additionally the town’s vice mayor.
Echavez informed reporters Sunday that nobody from their aspect fired a weapon.
“I’m asking President Duterte to research this and the Senate of the Philippines,” she stated, as relations stirred her away from reporters.
She additionally stated that she’s in worry for her life. Requested what message she has for Duterte, she stated, in Tagalog: “Take a look at this intently. He is aware of my father. He is aware of my father.”
Espenido stated throughout a information convention that police used mandatory drive through the raid.
“There’s no extrajudicial killing right here,” he stated in Tagalog, including that the officers within the area made the appropriate name.
Amongst these killed have been the mayor’s brother, Octavio Parojinog, a provincial board member, GMA Information reported. Police seized a number of weapons, luggage of suspected methamphetamine and money after raiding the mayor’s residence and three different residences, in line with media reviews.
Espenido stated that Parojinog’s household is the primary trafficker of medicine in Ozamiz and that medicine that reached the town got here from the New Bilibid Jail in Muntinlupa metropolis, Metro Manila. Duterte stated final yr that almost all of drug transactions occur contained in the jail.
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