Police probes Parojinog family's firearms

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(CNN Philippines, August 10) - The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Thursday launched its investigation on firearms used during the deadly encounter with the Parojinogs in Ozamiz City, Misamis Occidental on July 30.

The PNP Firearms and Explosives Office (FEO) said it recovered nine firearms in the properties of the Parojinogs during the raid, including a grenade launcher, an M-16, two shotguns, and five short firearms.

PNP FEO chief SSupt. Val De Leon said the Parojinogs failed to surrender all their firearms when the police revoked their licenses in 2016.

"When the firearms were revoked, the privilege to possess firearms whether new ay di na rin naaayon sa prebilehiyo para sa kanya," De Leon said.

[Translation: When the firearms were revoked, the privilege to possess firearms whether new or not, is not in accordance with their privilege.]

He added the firearms are unauthorized.

"Ito ay siguradong hindi naka-lisensya sa pangalan nila. And therefore, kung hindi nakapangalan sa kanila, the firearms residence does not correspond to the ownership," De Leon said.

[Translation: For sure, these are not licensed under their name. And therefore, the if it's not under their name, the firearms residence does not correspond to the ownership.]

In August 2016, the Parojinog family turned over 16 firearms, 13 of which were owned by Ozamiz City Mayor Reynaldo Parojinog, and the remainder by his brother Ricardo.

Barangay officials in Ozamiz City turned over around 300 firearms to the police, which city police chief Jovie Espenido said were distributed by the Parojinogs.

"Yung barangay captains, narcopoliticians, kasama nila yan. Issue-han sila ng baril, documented through the LGU (local government unit) para ma-legal, pero meron silang nai-issue sa kanila na walang, hindi documented," Espenido said.

[Translation: The barangay captains and narcopoliticians are also involved. They are issued guns, documented through the LGU for them to be legalized, but they also issued undocumented firearms within themselves.]

Authorities said they will check if the firearms are registered and if these were used for illegal activities.

The police are also looking for policemen involved in the alleged illegal activities of the Parojinogs.

On Wednesday, President Duterte offered a 2-million-peso reward for each policeman involved in the killings of civilians, upon the orders of the Parojinog family.

The victims were said to be buried in a mass grave in Ozamiz.

PNP spokesperson Dionardo Carlos said it is possible that some of the policemen involved are still in active service.

"Titingnan natin kung sino ba? Noong na-assign ka ba diyan noong panahon na sila ang namamayagpag. Ano yung mga possible participation mo, so we will backtrack," Carlos said.

[Translation: We will look into who's involved, when they were assigned during the Parojinogs' administration. What were your possible participation, so we will backtrack.]

WATCH: Police looking into Parojinog family's firearms

Parojinog siblings request to attend parents' wake, burial

Meanwhile, Vice Mayor Nova Parojinog and brother Reynaldo Jr., who are detained over charges of illegal drugs and illegal possession of firearms, asked the Ozamiz Regional Trial Court Branch 15 to allow them to attend their parents' wake and burial on August 13 and 14.

They are  detained at the PNP Custodial Center in Camp Crame.

The siblings also wanted to pay their respects to other family members killed in the incident, including their cousin, aunt and uncle.

'Ozamiz Most Wanted'

Local officials and residents of Ozamiz City were also puzzled by the mysterious appearance of posters that sprouted around the city showing the faces of several personalities tagged as "Ozamiz Most Wanted."

Included in the posters is Councilor Ricardo Parojinog, known as Ardot, who has not reported for work since early this year, with a million peso bounty on his head; and that of former basketball player Richard "Egay" Echavez, husband of the vice mayor.

In the posters, all the personalities are labeled "Wanted: Dead or Alive," and have corresponding rewards for their arrest.

Reports from Ozamiz say local officials and the police denied having a hand in the circulation of the posters.

By Wednesday, all posters were taken down by unidentified persons.

CNN Philippines' Gerg Cahiles and Ver Marcelo contributed to this report.