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Sa PNP yan! Palace distances Duterte from Parojinog’s death

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Malacañang has distanced President Rodrigo Duterte from the death of Ozamiz City Mayor Reynaldo Parojinog Sr. and 14 others in a raid conducted by police operatives.

Senior Deputy Executive Secretary Menardo Guevarra said Duterte has no specific participation in police operations.

“As far as I know, aside from his general instruction to eliminate drugs and all people who supported the illegal drug trade, he has no particular or specific participation in any of actual police operations,” he said in a press conference Monday (July 31).

Parojinog, his wife and 13 others were killed when members of the Region 10 Criminal Investigation and Detection Group raided their residence at around 2 a.m. Sunday (July 30).

Police claimed they were forced to fire back because they were shot at by members of Parojinog’s security team.

The mayor’s daughter, Ozamiz City Vice Mayor Nova Princess Parojinog, and her brother were brought to Camp Crame for processing.

Guevarra said the Commission on Human Rights is free to investigate the raid on Parojinog’s house if it wishes to do so.

“They have to do their own mandates. When the President said that he’d be informed if any soldier or law enforcer will be undergoing any investigation, I presume he was speaking as Commander-in-Chief and not as Chief Executive,” he said.