Parojinog family denies hand in judge's death

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Detained Ozamiz City Vice Mayor Nova Parojinog.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 11) — Ozamiz City Vice Mayor Nova Parojinog on Wednesday denied their family's involvement in the death of a regional trial court judge.

"To set the record straight, I, nor any member of the Parojinog family, was not involved in any way to the incident. We take offense that we are being subjected to trial by publicity with the inaccurate and malicious information against us," Parojinog said in a statement Wednesday.

The city vice mayor condemned the killing of executive judge Edmundo Pintac of Ozamiz City RTC Branch 15 on Monday. He was gunned down by four unknown assailants near his home.

Pintac denied the petition of Parojinog and brother Reynaldo Parojinog Jr. to be given furlough for the wake and burial of their parents in August 2017.

"While his resolution to deny our motion was initially difficult to accept, we respected it as we understood that our lives would be placed in grave danger should we have been allowed to pay our last respects to our relatives in our most beloved city," Parojinog said.

The city vice mayor denied that their family benefited from Pintac's death.

"Contrary to what some groups would like the public to believe, the cold-blooded murder of Judge Pintac does not in any way benefit me, my brother or my family," she said.

Parojinog then called on law enforcement agencies to expedite the investigation of the case.

"We hope and pray that those responsible for the killing of Judge Pintac are brought to justice at the soonest possible time," she said.

The Parojinogs' father, Reynaldo Sr., was mayor of Ozamiz City and one of 15 people killed in an exchange of gunfire between the mayor's security team and police serving search warrants in the clan's properties in July 2017.