By PJ TREMEDAL, Correspondent
OZAMIZ City remained under control, assured Ozamiz City Police Chief Insp. Jovie Espenido as he allayed fears that the Parojinogs and their supporters are out to retaliate as a result of the recent bloody Sunday dawn raids that killed 15, including Mayor Reynaldo “Aldong” Parojinog and his wife, Susan.
In his recent press briefing, Espenido said that as of press time Ozamiz City is under control, not even a status of full red alert.
He, however, said that random checkpoints are mounted in the city’s entry and exit points.
Due to the need for reliever for his men in uniform after those hectic days in their operations, Espenido has requested from his Regional Director Police Chief Supt. Timoteo Pacleb to augment his troops of which Pacleb sent two companies-size combat-ready policemen from the Regional Public Safety Battalion.
“There is no reason to panic for these reports are unconfirmed, a false speculation that the remaining Parojinog is planning to retaliate against the police, especially me and my men and the Region’s Criminal Investigation and Detective Group (RCIDG) who serve the Warrant of Arrest against them that unfortunately resulted in the death of the city mayor, his wife and his two siblings and later a niece and the other fourteen security group of the mayor,” Espenido said
He said that not only the demise of the city mayor but also the arrest of Vice Mayor Nova Princes Parojinog and the city mayor’s son Reynaldo “Dodo” Parojinog Jr., who are now under the custody of the PNP Custodial Center in Camp Crame, who are now facing charges for violation of Republic Act (RA) no. 10591 or the Comprehensive Firearm and Ammunition Regulatory Act of 2012 and RA 9165, otherwise known as the Comprehensive Dangerous Drug Act of 2000, as amended
He said he is frequently updating his FB account to counter such false news and comments.
Last Sunday (August 6, 2017), Espenido has invited Ozamiznons to gather in the city hall grounds for a community prayer and to ask God to keep Ozamiz safe and free from further trouble.
Providing security is not only the role of the police, but the community as well, he said, adding, “so let’s be one in securing Ozamiz City.”
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