Fugitive ‘Ardot’ Parojinog back in PH

Published July 27, 2018, 11:09 PM

by Roel Tibay

By Martin Sadongdong

Ozamiz City Councilor Ricardo “Ardot” Parojinog arrived in the country on Friday night after being deported from Taiwan.

Parojinog was fetched by a team from the Philippine National Police (PNP) onboard Philippine Airlines (PAL) flight PR 897 which arrived at 9:57 p.m. at Terminal 2 of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA-T2) in Pasay City.

PNP chief, Director General Oscar Albayalde expressed gratitude to Taiwan authorities for their assistance in capturing Parojinog.

Fugitive Ozamis Councilor Ricardo Parojinog  (photo from Ariel Fernandez/ MANILA BULLETIN)
Fugitive Ozamis Councilor Ricardo Parojinog (photo from Ariel Fernandez/ MANILA BULLETIN)

“A PNP team received Parojinog from his Taiwanese custodians at the Pingtung County Detention Center where he served jail time for violation of Immigration laws prior to his deportation,” Albayalde said.

After his arrival, Parojinog was placed under arrest by elements of the Crime Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) through the service of four warrants of arrest issued by Branch 15 of the Ozamiz City Regional Trial Court (RTC) for murder, illegal possession of firearms and ammunition (Republic Act 10591) and illegal possession of explosives (RA 9516).

Albayalde said Parojinog will be sent to Camp Crame in Quezon City for booking procedures and he will be temporarily detained at the PNP Custodial Center pending the procedural return of the arrest warrants to the court of reading in Ozamiz City and subsequent issuance of a commitment order.

Furthermore, Albayalde stated that Parojinog’s arrest has a big impact to the administration’s campaign agaisnt illegal drugs and other forms of criminality.

He also bared that they are still tracking several members of the Parojinog clan and even those who are not related to them but part of their network.

Parojinog was arrested on May 23 in Pingtung County, Taiwan after he allegedly tried to enter the country using illegal immigration documents.

He went into hiding for 10 months after the bloody raid on their residence in July 2017 where his older brother, Ozamiz City Mayor Reynaldo “Aldong” Parojinog was killed while police found in their possession an arms cache, explosives and drug paraphernalia. Also slain were Reynaldo’s wife and at least 14 others.

Meanwhile, Reynaldo’s children, Ozamiz City Vice Mayor Nova Princess and Reynaldo Jr. were arrested and currently facing charges for illegal possession of firearms and explosives.

Reynaldo Parojinog was earlier tagged by President Duterte as among the key players in the illegal drug trade not only in Ozamiz but also in other parts of Northern Mindanao.