Ozamiz Police Chief teases alleged list of Parojinog drug connections

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 10) — A local police chief in Mindanao teased an alleged list of mayors and officials involved in the drug trade.

Chief Inspector Jovie Espenido, police chief of Ozamiz City, Misamis Occidental, showed to the media the so-called "blue book" that contained alleged drug connections and transactions of Ozamiz Councilor Richardo "Ardot" Parojinog, brother of slain Ozamiz Mayor Reynaldo Parajinog, Sr.

"(Ardot) gave the officials, the mayors guns and hired goons," Espenido said in a recent interview with local media.

Parojinog is under the custody of the Philippine National Police Criminal Investigation and Detection Group in Manila. He has been accused of illegal possession of firearms and explosives.

Related: PNP: Ardot Parojinog’s arrest a ‘big blow’ to their drug group

He will be returned to Ozamiz to face charges of murder and two more counts of illegal possession of firearms and explosives.

Ardot fled the country after his brother and 14 others were killed in a bloody police raid on their residence last year. He was arrested in Taiwan.

Ardot's niece, Vice Mayor Nova Parojinog, and nephew Reynaldo Parojinog, Jr. are also facing criminal charges for illegal possession of firearms and ammunition, and illegal possession of dangerous drugs.

Espenido traces the local drug trade to the supposed Parojinog-Francisco group. The slain mayor's aunt, former Ozamiz Councilor Rizalina Francisco, and her husband Manuelito were also arrested for similar charges as Ardot.

Espenido believes the Parojinogs used "goons, guns, and guts" to spread fear among Ozamiz locals and secure a win during elections.

However, the police chief also has a controversial track record. While police maintained the Parojinogs were involved in the drug trade, some accused the operation of being a "rubout" and even a "massacre."

Related: PNP Chief: Ozamiz raids legitimate, no rubout of Parojinogs

Prior to his assignment in Ozamiz, Espenido was police chief in Albuera, Leyte when its mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr. was shot dead CIDG operatives in his jail cell by  in 2016.

CNN Philippines stringer Marlon Panares contributed to this report.