FOLLOWING the bloody raid in Ozamiz City last weekend, Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Ronald Dela Rosa vowed Monday intense operations against personalities involved in illegal drugs.
"Marami pa, hintay hintay lang kayo. That should serve as a warning to everyone, ang PNP walang sinasanto pagdating sa enforcement ng batas, as far as law enforcement is concerned, we have no fear or favor, kung kailangang i-operate ka, operate ka talaga," Dela Rosa said Monday.
"I will refer you back to narco-politicans na pinalabas ni President (Rodrigo Duterte), ‘yun ang aming basis para mag-conduct kami ng case buildup against them. Then if the case is already built up, we will operate against them," he added.
Ozamiz City Mayor Reynaldo Parojinog Sr., his wife Susan, and 13 others were killed in a shootout with police during a raid in their home before dawn last Sunday, July 30.
Eight people, including Ozamiz City Vice Mayor Nova Princess Parojinog and her brother Reynaldo Jr., were arrested during the operation.
"Everything goes back to Ozamis. Lahat ng malalaking kaso dito sa Metro Manila—bank robbery, Martilyo Gang, yung mga kidnapping for ransom, rescue ng Chinese drug lords, lahat ng investigation going back to Ozamiz City, 'yung mga involved d'yan is Ozamiz group at saka yung Kuratong Baleleng," said Dela Rosa.
Despite Parojinog's fall, Dela Rosa said they will not let their guards down as other drug groups may take advantage of the situation.
"It remains to be seen, tingnan natin baka mamaya may umusbong diyan na ibang operator," he said.
"Like we have observed sa Western Visayas, napatay na ‘yung pinaka drug lord na si (Melvin) Odicta, ngayon meron na namang umuusbong dahan-dahan. So it remains to be seen kaya kailangan. ‘Yung pulis diyan relentless yung effort para hindi maka-regroup, for all we know meron pang isang Parojinog na unaccounted for,” he added.
One of the six subjects of the search warrants, provincial board member Ricardo Parojinog, was not in the area during the raid and remains at large. (SunStar Philippines)