Parojinog family to seek independent autopsy of slain Mayor

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 13) — The Parojinog family is seeking an independent autopsy on slain Ozamiz City Mayor Reynaldo Parojinog Sr., his wife, and two siblings.

The mayor's daughter, detained Vice Mayor Nova Parojinog, requested for the autopsy, pushing the Monday burial of the slain Parojinogs to Wednesday, family spokesperson Adio Vasquez said.

The Ozamiz mayor, along with 15 other people, were killed when police served search warrants at several Parojinog properties in Ozamiz City, Misamis Occidental on July 30.

In its autopsy report, the Philippine National Police (PNP) said the Parojinogs appeared to have fought back when policemen carried out a raid in their home.

Vasquez said they are tapping a private agency to do another autopsy on Monday.

Meanwhile, the family has allayed fears that renewed violence will break out in Ozamiz once the Parojinogs are buried on Wednesday.

This after some residents have said they fear there might be reprisal attacks from the late mayor's camp.

"Hindi ko sila makokontrol na matakot. Of course, sa family nga namin, hindi namin feel na safe kami sa pangyayari na ganap sa family namin, so, im just asking na prayers, prayers talaga ang makakatulong sa amin," Vasquez said.

[Translation: I can't help them from being scared. Of course, even our family, we don't feel safe with what's happened to our family. I'm just asking for prayers, prayers are what will help us.]

Vasquez said the family will leave it to authorities to address their call for justice over what they feel was the use of excessive force during the raid.

"Wala kaming alam na ibang taong makakatulong sa amin, sa pangyayari ngayon," he added.

[Translation: We don't know anyone who can help us with what's happened now.]

Last Friday, an Ozamiz court denied the petition of Vice Mayor Nova Parojinog and brother Reynaldo Jr. to be allowed to attend the wake and burial of their parents, initially scheduled on Aug.13 and 14.

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

The siblings are detained at the PNP Custodial Center in Camp Crame over charges of illegal drugs and illegal possession of firearms.