By JOHN CARLO M. CAHINHINAN
GINGOOG CITY, Misamis Oriental – Former Philippine National Police (PNP) chief and administration senatorial bet Ronald ‘Bato’ dela Rosa admitted that sympathizers of the Parojinog family were capable of inflicting harm even though most of their leaders were already neutralized.
In an interview right after Hugpong ng Pagbabago’s (HNP) proclamation rally in Gingoog City on Friday, dela Rosa disclosed that there are still harmful elements loyal to the Parojinog clan especially in Misamis Occidental.
“May mga tao pa sila na nandyan they can pull something out na makakagulat sa atin andyan pa rin. Matagal nilang hinawakan yang lugar na yan eh,” said dela Rosa.
The Parojinogs ruled Ozamis City for the last 30 years and their influence remain significant in various parts of Northern Mindanao.
“Matagal nilang nahawakan yang lugar na yan. They can do anything kung may tao pa silang naiwan dyan na medyo malakas ang loob pwede pa rin gumawa ng kalokohan,” he said.
In July 2017, authorities killed former Ozamiz City Mayor Reynaldo ‘Aldong’ Parojinog Sr. and 14 others, including his wife and his brother in a bloody raid conducted inside the bailiwick of the influential political clan.
The Parojinog patriarch was among the mayors originally included in the first batch of narcolist released by Malacañang.
On Thursday, Davao City Mayor Sara has admitted the leadership of Presidential Security Group (PSG) has prevented her from joining the Misamis Occidental leg of Hugpong ng Pagbabago’s (HNP) campaign caravan last Wednesday in Tangub City.
The Presidential daughter revealed that she and her staff opted to stay in Molave, Zamboanga del Sur since Brigadier General Jose Eriel Niembra, commander of PSG informed her that they cannot proceed to Tangub City where the HNP rally took place.
Tangub City is just less than 30 minutes away from Ozamis City.
“Sinabi na lang nila na yung order (not to proceed in Tangub City) came from the highest officer sa PSG… (the situation), it’s beyond my control,” said Mayor Duterte.