Paro­jinog group no longer in Man­daue?

Cebu Daily News - - NEWS - by Jessa Mae O. Sotto COR­RE­SPON­DENT

Al­leged mem­bers of the no­to­ri­ous Paro­jinog crime group, be­lieved to be re­spon­si­ble for the spate of killings in Cebu, have re­port­edly fled from their rented houses in Man­daue City.

Po­lice Se­nior Supt. Ju­lian En­toma, chief of the Man­daue City Po­lice Of­fice (MCPO), said this fol­low­ing the am­bushkilling of Coun­cil­man Edgar Bi­hag of Barangay Cubacub and the wound­ing of Barangay Pub­lic Safety Of­fice (BPSO) Of­fi­cer Paulino Vega last Wed­nes­day.

“Sa pagkahitabo karon , neg­a­tive na sa maong area. Mura silag na­mal­hin (Be­cause of the in­ci­dent, they are no longer seen in the area. I think they have trans­ferred),” En­toma told

CEBU DAILY NEWS over the phone.

Ac­cord­ing to En­toma, mem­bers of the Oza­miz- based group, also known as the Ku­ra­tong Bale­leng Gang, are rent­ing apart­ment units in two bar an gays in M and au e City. He did not spec­ify where.

The or­ga­nized crime group had been linked to rob­bery, ex­tor­tion and drug traf­fick­ing cases in Cebu.

En­toma said mem­bers of the group are now con­sid­ered per­sons of in­ter­est in the killing of Bi­hag.

Bi­hag and his cousins Barangay Cap­tain Al­mario Bi­hag and Rolando Vega were on their way to the MCPO, when they were am­bushed by two uniden­ti­fied as­sailants on board a mo­tor­cy­cle in Barangay Alang-alang, Man­daue City on Wed­nes­day.

Bi­hag suf­fered mul­ti­ple gun­shot wounds on his body which re­sulted to his death while Vega sus­tained a gun­shot wound at the right side of his body and is re­cu­per­at­ing at the hos­pi­tal.

Cap­tain Al­mario was un­scathed.

The group were on their way to the MCPO rid­ing a garbage truck to clear Edgar’s name af­ter he was al­legedly linked by the po­lice to the Paro­jinog group.

Now, En­toma said, Vil­lage Chief Al­mario is now afraid of his safety.

He said they have de­ployed po­lice per­son­nel to do rov­ing around the Cubacub Barangay Hall to se­cure Bi­hag.

“Atong gibu­tan­gan og pulis ngadto sa barangay hall sa Cubacub ug adto na sila mo- rov­ing ug sila nay moalarma in case duna,” En­toma said.

En­toma said they will con­tinue to be vig­i­lant whether or not mem­bers of the group are still in Man­daue City.

“Dili ko kingon nga nibiya na sila sa among

area. It can be nga dia ra

gi­hapon (I can­not say that they al­ready left our area in Man­daue. It’s pos­si­ble that they are still here),” he said.

He added that he also alerted other po­lice units be­cause the group may have splin­tered and some could be in their ar­eas.

/IN­QUIRER FILE PHOTO

FIRE­POWER. High­pow­ered firearms kept by Oza­miz City Coun­cilor Ri­cardo Paro­jinog are seized by po­lice­men in Oza­miz City. The crime group has re­port­edly trans­ferred its op­er­a­tions to Cebu.

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