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Transfer of Parojinog’s daughter to BJMP facility eyed

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A Quezon City court has been asked to remove detained former Ozamis City vice mayor Nova Princess Parojinog from the Philippine National Police Custodial Center (PNPCC) in Camp Crame, Quezon City where she is allegedly getting special treatment.

Instead, the prosecution asked that she be transferred Special Intensive Care Unit (SICA) facility of the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) in Bicutan, Taguig City.

“Since criminal cases are now pending in court awaiting trial against the accused, she is regarded as a detainee and, as such, should be detained in a BJMP facility just like all others who are similarly situated. She should not be given special privileges or treatment distinct from all other detainees,” the prosecution said in its motion filed last Feb. 11.

“To say the least, accused’s continued detention at the PNPCC afford her special treatment as she is subjected to a different set of rules and procedures not afforded to all detainees under the BJMP control,” it added.

Aside from being “burdensome, costly and inefficient to the PNP, the prosecution said the BJMP is “vested by law to administer and supervise jail facilities where arrested persons should be committed while waiting or undergoing trial.”

The prosecution also reminded that the Office of the Court Administrator also issued a 2010 circular which instructed “all judges of the Regional Trial Courts, Metropolitan Trial Courts, Municipal Trial Courts in the Cities, Municipal Trial Courts and Municipal Circuit Trial Courts to refrain from issuing orders committing detainees at the PNP Custodial Center.”

Nova is facing illegal drug possession in connection with her arrest in Ozamis City back in July 30, 2017.

That time police conducted operations against the Parojinogs who were named by President Rodrigo Duterte as being engaged in the narcotics trade.

The operation resulted in the death of her parents including then mayor Reynaldo Parojinog Jr. and 13 others.

Nova’s brother, Reynaldo Jr., was also arrested during the operation and has been convicted of drug possession. He still has a pending case of illegal possession of firearms.

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