Philippine national police chief Ronald de la Rosa warned on Monday (July 31) that the police would hunt down the other narco-politicians on President Rodrigo Duterte’s drug matrix, The Manila Times Online reported on Tuesday.
The warning followed Sunday’s police raids in several areas in Ozamiz City, resulting to the killing of 15 people, including Mayor Renaldo Parojinog and his wife.
“There are more, you just have to wait for it. Again, to be fair with these people, that should serve a warning to everyone that the Philppine national police (PNP) will not be considering anyone when it comes to law enforcement,” said de la Rosa.
Parojinog became the third local chief executive killed in connection the intensified war on drugs under Duterte. His daughter Nova Princess who was arrested together with brother Reynaldo Jr had reportedly been in a relationship with high profile Bilibid inmate Herbert Colangco.
But the Parojinogs have denied any involvement in drugs.
The PNP chief justified the serving of search warrants at the Parojinog residence at 2.30am, saying warrant can be served any time.
Criminal Investigation and Detection Group director Roel Obusan said police did not mean to kill the mayor.
“We really intended to bring them to justice but their private army fought us, which sometimes happen,” he said as he urged those subjected to drug operations to surrender to avoid getting killed.
Palace officials maintained that Duterte was not involved in any way in the deadly raid, apart from his general orders to security forces on catching drug suspects.