ACTING on a tip from the Philippine National Police, Taiwan police around 6:20 p.m. Wednesday arrested a wanted brother of slain Ozamiz City Mayor Reynaldo ‘Aldong’ Parojinog Sr. who himself was facing a non-bailable drug case, PNP chief Director General Oscar D. Albayalde announced yesterday.
Ozamiz City Councilor Ricardo ‘Ardot’ Parojinog was tracked down in Pingtung County, Taiwan by Taiwanese police officers after almost 10 months in hiding, said the PNP chief.
Sources said that the Taiwan police jointly worked with the PNP in pursuing the “high-value” drug target and finally tracked him down after over a month of surveillance.
Members of the Taiwan Criminal Investigation Bureau located the fugitive’s hideout in Tongkang, Pintong which is in Southern Taiwan. After over four weeks of surveillance, Taiwan CIB agents applied for a search warrant and a warrant of arrest with the Ping Tong District Prosecutor’s Office and the local court.
Sources said that Taiwan police officers arrested the fugitive in his residence located at the 9th floor of a residential building in Tongkong, Pingtong.
An investigation conducted by both the Taiwan and the PNP showed that “Ardot” was able to enter Taiwan illegally since police officers who arrested him discovered that there is no entry stamp in his Philippine passport. “Ardot” is the brother of the former Ozamiz City mayor who was gunned down in a police raid on July 30, 2017.
He is also the uncle of the late mayor’s daughter, Ozamiz City vice Mayor Nova Princess and her brother Reynaldo Jr. who are both facing charges for illegal possession of firearms and explosives.
Nova Princess remains in detention at the maximum-security PNP Custodial Center in Camp Crame while her briother was transferred to the Quezon City Jail last month.
A team of PNP officers is set to fetch Parojinog from Taiwan and bring him back to Manila this week.
On August 2017, the Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a lookout bulletin against Ricardo in connection with the bloody series of raids on the houses of the Parojinogs.
The DOJ said Ricardo, a subject of the probe, was not at his home when police found several firearms and ammunition in his residence.
The arrest of Parojinog came two days after the assassination of a known Parojinog lawyer, former Ozamiz City prosecutor Geronimo Marabe Jr.
In September last year, President Rodrigo Duterte offered a P5-million bounty for the arrest of the city councilor.
Malacañang yesterday hailed the arrest of “Ardot” nearly a year after he went into hiding following the bloody police raid that left his brother and 15 others dead.
“Ito po’y mabuting balita dahil unang una, ano pong ginagawa at nagtatago sa Taiwan kung siya ay walang batas na nilabag. Sabi po nga nila, flight is evidence of guilt,” presidential spokesperson Harry Roque Jr. said at a news conference in Marawi City.
Roque assured the residents of Ozamiz, where the Parojinogs held power for around two decades, that the councilor will face the bar of justice.
“Sisiguraduhin naman po natin na magkakaroon ng katarungan, kung merong nalabag na batas itong si Councilor Parojinog, siya po ay iimbestigahan, ililitis at paparusahan para sa krimen na ‘yan,” the Palace official said.