Ozamiz City RTC denies Parojinog siblings' request to attend wake, burial of parents

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 11) — The Ozamiz City Regional Trial Court Branch 15 on Friday denied the petition of Vice Mayor Nova Parojinog and brother Reynaldo Jr. to be allowed to attend the wake and burial of their parents on August 13 and 14.

Presiding Judge Edmundo Pintac said according to the assessment of the Ozamiz City Police, the move might compromise the security of the Parojinog siblings.

"The primordial consideration of the Court is the safety and security of the accused-movants and those police officers who would escort them as well," Pintac said in his decision.

Fifteen people, including Mayor Reynaldo Parojinog and his wife, were killed during a deadly police operation in Ozamiz City, Misamis Occidental on July 30.

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Pintac added that because "emotions are high between people who are sympathetic to the accused-movants and people who are against them," violence may endanger the Parojinogs.

Siblings Nova and Reynaldo Jr. Parojinog are now detained at the Philippine National Police (PNP) Custodial Center in Camp Crame over charges of illegal drugs and illegal possession of firearms.

They are represented by Atty. Abraham Gutoc, who argued humanitarian reasons at the hearing.

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The prosecution, led by Atty. Geynz Beduya, opposed the motion, saying the PNP Criminal Investigation and Detection Group tagged the Parojinogs as "high security detainees."

Pintac added that Inspector Dennis Tano of the Ozamiz City Police handed the Court a confidential report indicating that "a daring and bloody rescue of the accused" would take place if the appeal gets approved.

Sofronio Vazquez Jr., one of the Parojinogs' cousins, earlier said they would respect the decision and the burial will still push through on August 14.