Aguirre asks SC to transfer Parojinog cases to Quezon City

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The Parojinog siblings are facing charges of illegal possession of firearms and ammunition, as well as illegal possession of dangerous drugs. (FILE PHOTO)

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 28) — Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II asked the Supreme Court to transfer the cases involving Vice Mayor Nova Parojinog and her brother, Reynaldo Jr. from Ozamiz City to Quezon City.

In a letter addressed to Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno last August 17, Aguirre said the transfer was necessary after the presiding judges of the Parojinog's siblings' cases are reportedly inclined to inhibit from trying the cases.

"In addition, not only are the judges in Ozamiz City hesitant to try their cases in their sala, the Office of the City Prosecutor of Ozamiz City has likewise expressed concern and fear of threats in the event that they will be tasked to prosecute the cases in the Ozamiz City courts," Aguirre said.

 

Vice Mayor Parojinog is facing charges of illegal possession of firearms and ammunition, and illegal possession of dangerous drugs. Her brother, Reynaldo Jr., is facing similar charges, as well as illegal possession of explosives.

Aguirre said not to underestimate the siblings' influence on their bailiwick, notwithstanding the death of their father, Mayor Reynaldo Parojinog Sr. The courts declined the Parojinog siblings' request to attend the burial of their family members citing security threats both to the detainees and their security personnel.

"The fact that they have been in power in Ozamiz City for so long is a clear indication that they have the capacity to influence, if not threaten the prosecution witnesses, the judges and the prosecutors and subvert the criminal proceedings in Ozamiz City in their favor," Aguirre explained.

The Justice Secretary added the transfer of the cases will no longer require additional security personnel and more jail bureau escorts.

Aguirre also said the transfer would stop the siblings from possibly threatening, inflicting harm, or influencing the prosecution witnesses.

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.

Vice Mayor Nova Parojinog remains detained in Camp Crame with her brother.