Wednesday, August 9, 2017

No military officials protecting drug, crime gangs

From the Philippine News Agency (Aug 9): No military officials protecting drug, crime gangs

As far as the military is concerned, none of its ranking military officers are providing protection to the Parojinog clan's illegal businesses in Ozamiz City.

Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) public affairs office chief Col. Edgard Arevalo made this statement in wake of claims that a former military general has a relationship with Ozamiz Vice Mayor Nova Princess Parojinog and one of the family's protectors.

Nova is the daughter of slain Ozamiz City Mayor Reynaldo Parojinog who was killed along with 14 others during an anti-drug operation in their family's house in San Roque Lawis last July 30.

Her father was earlier pinpointed by President Rodrigo Duterte as one of the country's top narco-politicians.

During the operation, the vice mayor was arrested along with brother Reynaldo Jr. They are now both at the custody of the Philippine National Police (PNP) in Camp Crame, Quezon City.

In line with this, Arevalo urged the PNP to identity the alleged military officer so that appropriate actions can be taken.

Arevalo stressed that the AFP is not tolerating such actions from any officers or enlisted personnel, and that sanctions await personnel found collaborating with illegal drug syndicates or crime gang for that matter.

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