Sep 9, 2020 @ 15:57

Bakit sa Ozamiz ang hearing? Death of Ardot Parojinog could be part of Duterte’s order to ‘wipe out’ clan – Leila de Lima

Detained Senator Leila M. de Lima believes there is more than meets the eye in the death of former City Councilor Ricardo “Ardot” Parojinog who reportedly died of cardiac arrest due to a heart disease inside his detention cell in Ozamiz police station last Sept. 4.

De Lima is puzzled why the trial of Parojinog’s case had to be held in Ozamis City when there was sufficient basis for a change of venue.

She also questions why Parojinog had to be brought there personally by the Philippine National Police for the hearing when a virtual hearing via video-conferencing is allowed during this pandemic.

Parojinog, who is facing multiple charges, was brought to Ozamiz City for a court hearing last Sept. 3 from the PNP Custodial Center in Quezon City where he had been held since his arrest in 2018.

“In travelling to Ozamis City for the scheduled hearing, Mr. Parojinog was escorted by a small team of PNP Custodial officers and personnel, presumably to be reinforced by the local police. While there, he was
placed inside the local police station’s jail. How convenient for the authorities that Parojinog suddenly dies there,” the former justice secretary said in a statement.

“Nobody thought of posting, round-the-clock, a PNP Custodial guard (not local police) outside his cell? They know or should have known that Ozamis City has become a hostile territory for the now beleaguered Parojinog clan whom the President threatened to ‘wipe out’. Truly, this is another suspicious death of a targeted drug
personality within a jail or prison,” she added.

De Lima found it suspicious that Parojinog’s cause of death was immediately announced without a proper autopsy while foul play was peremptorily ruled out by authorities.

“After the killing of his brother (Reynaldo), the former Mayor of Ozamis City, and several other family members in the massacre of the Parojinog family in 2017, here comes another suspicious death of a Parojinog (Ardot), who is a fellow PDL here at the PNP Custodial Center,” she said.

“In those unusual instances of death while in the custody of PNP, the cause of death should be conclusively established through an autopsy, considering precedents of summary execution of even those already under detention,” she said.

Northern Mindanao police director Brig. Gen. Rolando Anduyan confirmed that Parojinog died of “cardiopulmonary arrest secondary to cardiovascular disease or probably COVID-19” while PNP spokesperson Police Brig. Gen. Bernard Banac claimed that investigators found no sign of violence inside the cell where Parojinog was found dead.

De Lima recalled the recent suspicious death of high-profile Bilibid inmate Jaybee Sebastian who was touted to be a “star witness” against her.

“The official version of the cause of his death is ‘acute myocardial infarction’ or heart attack due to ‘complications from COVID-19’. I believe that he was murdered to prevent him from retracting his statement against me,” she noted.

“Astoundingly, Sebastian supposedly executed a new affidavit embellishing his stories accusing me of involvement in the Bilibid drug trade, 6 days before his death! And now the prosecution wants to present this affidavit in evidence, as if an affidavit can be cross-examined on the truth of its contents. How convenient for my tormentors and their DOJ (Department of Justice) lackeys!” she added.

De Lima has been detained at Camp Crame since Feb. 24, 2017 for alleged drug transactions.

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