FUGITIVE Ozamiz City Councilor Ricardo ‘Ardot’ Parojinog wants the National Bureau of Investigation to take over his case once he is returned to the country from Taiwan, Philippine National Police chief Director General Oscar D. Albayalde said yesterday.
“He (Parojinog) wrote a letter asking that his case be transferred to the NBI. However, that would be decided upon by the Department of Justice,” the PNP chief told newsmen at Camp Crame.
Albayalde said that as of yesterday, Parojinog remained under the custody of Taiwan prosecutors and is being held without any visitors.
He earlier said that a group of officers from the PNP Criminal Investigation and Detection Group and the PNP Drug Enforcement Group will be flying to Taiwan to coordinate with Taiwan authorities their investigation into the case of the fugitive.
Last month a Taiwan court finished hearing the case of Parojinog and ordered him detained indefinitely without any visitors allowed. It means that Parojinog will stay in a Taiwan jail while his case is being investigated and it would take some time before he is finally returned to Manila.
Taiwan authorities are investigating how Parojinog managed to illegally enter Taiwan from the Philippines. He was arrested in his hiding place in Tongkang, Pingtung county on Wednesday night.
The Philippine fugitive is facing charges for falsification of documents and illegal entry in Taiwan and a separate case for illegal possession of firearms.
The PNP chief said that they have been told that it would take 1-2 months before Parojinog is finally returned to Manila. However, in case he is sent back to Manila, the suspect will be immediately turned over to the court which ordered his arrest.
PNP-CIDG chief Director Roel B. Obusan said they already know how Parojinog managed to flee the country although he refused to elaborate. “We need to file criminal charges versus the persons who coddled him and helped him escape to Taiwan,” he said.
Obusan said that obviously, Parojinog did not undergo regular processing at the airport when he left the country raising speculations that he used the Southern backdoor to flee Manila.
The suspect was found in possession of a fake Philippine Bureau of Internal Revenue and Professional Driver’s License under the name Alberto Garcia Cruz with address at no. 43 Rizal Street, Barangay 19, Cabagnan, Legazpi City.