Judge han­dling Paro­jinogs' charges shot dead

Sun.Star Baguio - - The Nation - SunS­tar Philip­pines/ Third Anne Per­al­taMalonzo

THE judge han­dling the case of de­tained Oza­miz Vice Mayor Nova Princess Paro­jinog and her brother Rey­naldo Paro­jinog Jr. was shot dead on Mon­day af­ter­noon, Oc­to­ber 8, in Oza­miz City.

North­ern Min­danao Po­lice Re­gional Of­fice spokesper­son Su­per­in­ten­dent Surki Sereñas said Judge Ed­mund Pin­tac of Oza­miz City Re­gional Trial Court Branch 15 was shot to death by still uniden­ti­fied gun­men while he was driv­ing home in Purok 2-B, Barangay Banadero, around 4:20 p.m.

Pin­tac was han­dling the charges against the Paro­jinogs in re­la­tion to il­le­gal drugs and il­le­gal pos­ses­sion of firearms that stemmed from a raid con­ducted by the po­lice in their res­i­dence in July 2017.

The raid re­sulted in the killing of the Paro­jinog’s pa­tri­arch, Oza­miz City Mayor Rey­naldo Paro­jinog Sr., his wife Su­san and at least 10 other peo­ple.

The sib­lings were trans­ferred and de­tained to the Philip­pine Na­tional Po­lice cus­to­dial cen­ter in Camp Crame.

Cit­ing that Nova Princess and his brother were both high-risk de­tainees, Pin­tac de­nied the sib­ling’s mo­tion ask­ing for the court to al­low them to visit their par­ent’s wake for at least 48 hours.

Mayor Paro­jinog was ear­lier tagged as a drug lord by Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte.

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