Killing of Ozamiz Mayor a warning to narco-politicians – PNP

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President Rodrigo Roa Duterte shows a list of government officials and police officers who are allegedly involved in the illegal drug trade in his speech during the 38th National Convention of the Philippine Association of Water Districts at the SMX Convention Center in Davao City on February 2, 2017. (FILE PHOTO)

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 31) — Formal investigations against politicians tagged in the illegal drug trade are the next targets of the police, following the killing of Ozamiz Mayor - named in President Rodrigo Duterte's "narco list" - authorities said.

Philippine National Police Director General Ronald Dela Rosa on Monday said there will be a crackdown on "narco-politicians" directly involved or proven to be protecting the illegal drug trade.

"I will refer you back to the list of narco-politicians na pinalabas ni Presidente. 'Yun ang aming basis… Marami pa. Kaya maghintay lang kayo. That should serve as a warning. Ang PNP walang sinasanto pagdating sa enforcement ng batas. As far as law enforcement is concerned, we have no fear or favor," he said.

[Translation: I will refer you to the President's narco-list… There will be many more. Just wait. That should serve as a warning. The PNP will show no mercy when it comes to the enforcement of the law. As far as law enforcement is concerned, we have no fear or favor.]

Dela Rosa was referring to the killing of Ozamiz City Mayor Reynaldo Parojinog Sr. and 14 others during several police raids on Sunday. Bags of suspected illegal drug shabu, rifle grenades, a firearm, and cash were reportedly seized by authorities inside the mayor's house during the raid.

In August 2016, President Rodrigo Duterte said his narco-list, which contains 1,000 names, included incumbent and former mayors, governors, congressmen, barangay captains, and police generals and officers.

Related: Duterte names gov't officials, judges in drug trade

Mayor Parojinog, Ozamiz Vice Mayor Nova Princess Parojinog, and former 2nd District Board Member Ricardo Parojinog Ardot were included in Duterte's narco list.

WATCH: Who are the Parojinogs of Ozamiz?

Dead narco-politicians

Parojinog is the third mayor in the President's list of narco-politicians to be killed in operations against the police.

Related: Dela Rosa says they wanted Ozamiz Mayor alive, adds no rubout in raids

On October 28, Datu Saudi Ampatuan Mayor Samsudin Dimaukom and nine others were killed in anti-drug operations conducted by the police in North Cotabato.

Read more: Maguindanao mayor in Duterte drug list, 9 others killed in clash with police

More than a week later, Albuera, Leyte Mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr. was killed in an alleged shootout in his cell at the Leyte Sub-Provincial Jail in Baybay City.

Dela Rosa said those who were tagged by Duterte but are innocent have nothing to fear.

"Kung wala naman silang ginagawang masama, bakit sila matakot? Pero kapag na-validate na continuing pa rin ang ginagawa nilang pag-involve sa droga, then they have to prepare themselves," he said.

[Translation: If they aren't doing anything wrong, why would they be scared? But if we validate they are continuing with the drug trade, then they have to prepare.]

Related: Duterte's drug list: What we know so far

He added the police and its units are in the process of case build-ups against those in the narco-list, but said a case can be built or unbuilt depending on the prevailing situation.

Meanwhile, the Justice Department on Monday said suspected drug lord Peter Lim is on the Immigration's Lookout Bulletin Order since July 11. An immigration lookout bulletin directs the bureau to "take prudent steps to verify" any criminal cases an individual may have.

Duterte, during his second State of the Nation Address on July 24, said there will be no let-up in his administration's all-out war against illegal drugs.

The drug war is criticized by the administration and opposition lawmakers, the United Nations, and local and international human rights groups for thousands of alleged extrajudicial killings supposedly committed by police officers.

In June, Dela Rosa said 3,135 drug suspects were killed during police's anti-drugs operations, which started when Duterte took office on July 1, 2016.