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Mayor tagged as narco-politician killed in raid

Mayor tagged as narco-politician killed in raid

President Rodrigo Duterte's bloody drug war has consumed another high-profile casualty.

According to the Associated Press, Ozamiz police chief Jovie Espenido said officers were searching his home for suspected presence of illicit firearms and drugs when gunmen opened fire on the officers, leading to the shootout that also killed the mayor's wife.

Following the raid police arrested Parojinog's daughter, the city's vice-mayor, and said she would face charges.

Meanwhile, lawyer Lawrence Carim, a member of the Parojinogs' legal team, has complained that he was barred from entering the PNP headquarters at Camp Crame to accompany the vice mayor and her bother Reynaldo Jr. who were flown in from Ozamiz early Monday morning. During the raid, the police discovered high-powered firearms, explosive devices, huge sums of money and illegal drugs. "And number two according to the police, I saw the interview, one of the policemen, as a rule they were serving search warrants at night daw", Escudero said in an ANC interview.

The drug killings have been widely criticised by Western governments and human rights groups that have called for an end to what they suspect were extrajudicial killings related to the anti-drug campaign.

Vice Mayor Parojinog meanwhile was arrested during the operation and were detained in the Ozamiz police office.

Just a week before Espinosa's death, another mayor, Samsudin Dimaukom, was killed in what authorities said was a gun battle with law enforcement.

During one of his speeches, Duterte said the country's drug problem had become a national security threat, saying he did not intend to declare martial law, but added that his controversial war against illegal drugs will continue.

Espinosa was slain along with another inmate when they allegedly shot it out with a police team sent to check on reports they continued to engage in the drug trade while detained at the Leyte provincial jail in November 2016.

'The Parojinogs, if you would recall, are included in President Duterte's list of personalities involved in the illegal drug trade, ' Ernesto Abella, the president's spokesperson, said in a statement.

The complaint said the killing of 9,400 people began in 1988 when Duterte was mayor of the southern city of Davao and has lasted throughout his presidency.

Police said they had conducted surveillance on Parojinog based on the president's remarks. Policemen were approaching the mayor's house when his bodyguards opened fire, hitting a police vehicle, wounding a police officer and sparking a firefight amid a power outage, Espenido said.

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