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Walang sinabing office hours! Bato defends pre-dawn raid of Parojinog’s home

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Philippine National Police chief Director General Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa has defended the decision of Region 10’s Criminal Investigation and Detection Group to serve search warrants on the house of Ozamiz City Mayor Reynaldo Parojinog Sr. before dawn Sunday (July 30), saying such documents can be served anytime.

In a press conference Monday (July 31) at Camp Crame, Dela Rosa said “every time is a legal time” to serve a search warrant.

“Walang sinabi sa search warrant na kailangan i-serve mo yan only during office hours,” he said.

Dela Rosa said the police can decide when to serve the search warrant “in order to gain maximum advantage” or to avoid tipping off a suspect that his property will be raided.

“We have to dictate the tempo. We have to dictate the schedule,” he said.

Parojinog, his wife and 13 others were killed when members of the CIDG Region 10 came to serve a search warrant at their house.

According to the police report, the police operatives were met with a “volley of gunfire” upon arriving at the Parojinog’s residence, prompting them to shoot back.

Among the houses covered by the six search warrant obtained by the police were those of Parojinog, his daughter Vice Mayor Nova Princess Parojinog-Echavez and City Councilor Ricardo Parojinog.

Nova Princess and her brother, Reynaldo Parojinog Jr., have been brought to Camp Crame from Ozamiz for processing.