AFP chief vows to weed out general allegedly protecting Parojinogs

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  • AFP chief of staff promised probe to identify general allegedly coddling the Parojinogs
  • He said AFP to coordinate with PNP, PDEA to unmask the official

MANILA, Philippines  –  Armed Forces of the Philippines chief of staff Eduardo Año vowed to unmask the general allegedly serving as a protector of the Parojinogs and their illicit drug operations in Misamis Occidental.

“We will not allow, especially those in the active service to be part or coddling, protecting anyone or any drug syndicate. It’s a mortal sin on the part of the AFP,” the Philippine News Agency quoted him as saying.

Año’s statement came amid reports of a ranking AFP official who supposedly received payments from the Parojinogs to protect their group in the province.

While saying they have yet no idea if the general involved was still in active service or already retired, Año stressed that the AFP will ask the help of the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) to pin him down.

“Di pa natin alam kung active o retired [We don’t know if he’s active or retired]. We will look into that,” he said. “We still have to coordinate with the PNP or PDEA kung ano yung hawak nila at makapagsimula tayo ng sariling imbestigasyon [We still have to coordinate with the PNP or PDEA what data they have so we can start our own investigation].”

Authorities raided the Parojinogs’ compound last July 30, resulting in the deaths of Ozamiz mayor Reynaldo Parojinog Sr., his wife Susan, brother provincial board member Octavio, and 13 others.

The raid also resulted in the arrest of Ozamiz vice mayor Nova Princess Parojinog-Echavez and her brother Reynaldo Jr. Both, along with several others, are facing charges of illegal possession of drugs and firearms.