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QC court junks Parojinog son’s request for dismissal of firearms case

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The bid of the son of the slain former Ozamiz City mayor Reynaldo Parojinog Sr. to dismiss the charges of illegal possession of firearms has been turned down by Quezon City Judge Editha Mina-Aguba.

Aguba has issued a resolution which denied the demurrer to evidence of Reynaldo Parojinog Jr. who sought to dismiss the three charges against him for violating the Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Act.

The charges were filed after Parojinog Jr. was arrested in July 2017 in his residence in Ozamis City by police who seized an Ingram submachine pistol, a shotgun, and .40 caliber pistol.

“What the law requires is merely possession, which includes not only actual physical possession, but also constructive possession or the subjection of the thing thing to one’s control and management,” read the resolution of the court who noted that accused’s wife and daughter were present during the search conducted by police.

“Based on the Certification issued by PNP-FEO (Firearms, Explosives, Ordnance), while accused is a firearm holder, the Armscor 12-gauge Shotgun recovered from his house is not registered under his name but in the name of MROP Security Agency, while Paraordinance caliber .40 and Ingram Machine Pistol have defaced serial numbers, hence, their ownership and registration cannot be ascertained,” the court added.

Because of this, the court pointed out “it is incumbent upon accused to prove the ownership and registration of the aforesaid firearms, and to explain the reason why they were found inside his residence at the time of the implementation of the search warrants. As it stands, the totality of the evidence presented by the People is sufficient to sustain conviction. Presentation of countervailing evidence therefore is indispensable.”

Back in May 2019, Quezon City Judge Nadine Jessica Corazon Fama convicted Reynaldo Jr. of possession of illegal drugs and sentenced him to suffer life imprisonment and pay a fine of P500,000.

Reynaldo Jr. was arrested along with his sister Vice Mayor Nova Princess during police operations in Ozamis City on July 30, 2017.

Apart from illegal drugs, police siezed during the operations P1.4 million in cash and firearms.

However, the operations led to shootouts which resulted in the deaths of 14 persons including the parents of the siblings.

Prior this, President Rodrigo Duterte has already accused the Parojinogs as being involved in the narcotics trade.

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