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Di papahuli ng buhay: Ping says Parojinog shootout with police inevitable

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There is a difference between the killing of Ozamiz City Mayor Reynaldo Parojinog in Misamis on Sunday and Albuera Mayor Rolando Espinosa in Leyte last November, Sen. Panfilo Lacson said.

In a text message sent to media, Lacson said Parojinog and at least 11 others were killed not in a government facility but in an area where they could shoot it out with authorities.

“Whatever are the circumstances of the deaths, at least this time, the mayor and the others killed were not under detention in a government facility. They were reportedly in the mayor’s farm/residence and capable of shooting it out with the authorities,” he said.

Parojinog and at least 11 others were reported killed in a predawn police raid on their compound. Initial reports said police recovered firearms from the area.

Earlier this year, a Senate committee chaired by Lacson found irregularities in the killing of another mayor linked to the drug trade – Albuera mayor Rolando Espinosa.

Lacson noted Espinosa was killed inside subprovincial jail – a government facility – and found other signs that the killing of Espinosa was premeditated by local police.

Meanwhile, Lacson also noted the slain mayor’s father Octavio Sr., a.k.a. Ongkoy, was the founder of the Kuratong Baleleng gang.

“While the group started as an anti-communist group under the supervision of the military in that area, over time, they were reportedly transformed into a criminal group engaged in KFR, robberies, extortion, and other illegal activities,” he said.