Ozamiz councilor Ardot Parojinog arrested in Taiwan after 10 months of hiding

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Ozmiz City councilor Ricardo “Ardot” Parojinog was finally arrested by the Taiwan Police in Pingtung Country on Wednesday night.

Parojinog evaded the authorities for 10 months, after his brother Ozamiz City Mayor Reynaldo “Aldong” Parojinog Sr. for trying to resist the raiding team led by Chief Inspector Jovie Espenido.

According to the report of ABS-CBN News, the fugitive has been located after his former colleagues who earlier arrested by the Philippine National Police (PNP) revealed his current location.

Later on, PNP gave the information to the Taiwanese authorities which resulted at the end of the 10-month hiding of the City Councilor.

PNP is now preparing their team that would be sent to Taiwan to transport Parojinog back to the Philippines.

Malacanang is not yet giving any comment on the arrest of Parojinog.

Parojinog is expected to face cases for possessing illegal drugs and heavy firearms.

Two weeks ago, authorities confiscated several high-powered firearms and bombs from the two houses of Aldong.

They seized 2 antitank rockets, 2 rocket-propelled grenades, several rifle grenades and different firearms.

Ozamiz PNP also confiscated 2 packs of suspected illegal drugs and several grenades at the farm which allegedly owned by the Parojinogs.

Last year, President Rodrigo Duterte set a bounty of P5 million in exchange for some information about the whereabouts of Parojinog.

He even said that the soldiers who are off duty could hunt Parojinog down so they could get the reward.

“Kaya kung wala na kayong magawa, off duty, suroy-suroy mo diha sa bukid, hunting-in ninyo iyan kasi that’s P5 million,” Duterte said.

Duterte also said that he would pardon the colleagues of the Ardot, if they would give them the location of the councilor.

“I do not care if he’s really a complicit of Ardot. Kung kasama niya, dadalhin niya iyong ulo, abswelto ko na siya,” he said.

Department of Justice also released a lookout bulletin against Ardot.

The 2017 Ozamiz police raid is considered as one of the bloodiest anti-illegal drug raids in the history of the Philippines which resulted to the death of Ozamiz City Mayor Reynaldo “Aldong” Parojinog, Susan Parojinog and fourteen others.

Meanwhile, Ozamiz Vice Mayor Nova Parojinog-Echavez and Reynaldo Parojinog, Jr. who both survived the raid are now detained in PNP Custodial Center.

 

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