Mayor, wife, 8 others killed as drug war in the Philippines continues

Officers went to serve warrants Sunday to Ozamiz Mayor Reynaldo Parojinog search his houses for suspected unlicensed firearms when gunmen opened fire on the police, sparking clashes that killed the mayor and at least 14 other people, said Ozamiz police chief Jovie Espenido.

Phillippine police have killed a city mayor, his wife and 10 others during a series of pre-dawn anti-drug raids in the south, officials said.

Ozamiz City Vice Mayor Nova Princess Parojinog-Echavez (in white cap) and her brother Reynaldo Parojinog Jr.

Police said none of their officers was hurt apart from one who sustained a minor injury from an explosion.

Also yesterday, Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II ordered the immigration bureau to be on the lookout for seven suspected illegal drug operators, including at least two publicly linked by Duterte to the narcotics trade.

Police raids 11 houses across Ozamiz City in search of firearms and illegal drugs.

The mayor says he looks forward to working with Espenido in cracking down on illegal drugs and maintaining peace and order in his area.

Mr. Parojinog is the third mayor killed in the police raids against the drug trade.

Reynaldo Parojinog, mayor of Ozamiz city in the Philippines, is the latest to be killed in the continued drug war launched by President Rodrigo Duterte against drug dealers in the country.

In his second annual state-of-the-nation address before the joint session of Congress on July 24, Duterte vowed that despite criticism from here and overseas, the government would continue its "unrelenting" and "unremitting" war on drugs.

Parojinog's daughter, Vice Mayor Nova Echaves, was arrested and was to be flown to Manila for security reasons, Pacleb said. Mr Parojinog denied any such links.

Before he was assigned to head the Ozamiz City Police Office, he was the chief of the Albuera Police in Leyte when then town mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr. was shot dead by Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) agents inside his detention cell in Baybay City in November 2016.

According to local authorities, officers were attempting to serve an arrest warrant to Parojinog when they were "met with a volley of fire" from security guards at his compound. The police have claimed that they killed suspects only in self defence.

Presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella said: "The administration vowed to intensify the drug campaign".

Duterte said he would be "happy to slaughter" three million drug addicts, and likened his campaign to Nazi leader Adolf Hitler's efforts to exterminate Jews in Europe.

  • Jon Douglas