‘Ardot” Parojinog died 'naturally,' says police

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By CRIS DIAZ, Mindanao Daily News Online
September 5, 2020

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CAGAYAN de Oro City--A senior police official, leading the probe into the death of former Ozamiz City councilor Ricardo ‘Ardot" Parojinog, suggested that Parojinog might have died of natural death following initial findings released by doctors of the Scene of the Crime Operatives (SOCO).

Col. Danilo Tumanda, the provincial police director of the Misamis Occidental, who was one of the senior police officers tasked to look into the death of Parojinog Friday, said the initial findings showed “no physical struggle” and other marks that might suggest that the victim was killed.

He said that all the police personnel and the police station commander in the Ozamiz police station were ordered restricted at the police station’s second story building and are not allowed to come out.

Tumanda said that 20 policemen from the provincial mobile force unit were sent to the Ozamiz City police station to temporarily replace the entire police force of the Ozamiz City Police Station pending result of the probe into Parojinog’s death.

Interviewed lived by a Magnum Radio reporter in Cagayan de Oro City on Saturday morning, Tumanda said that there were initial reports that Parojinog have a weak heart and that he is allergen to some foods.

“On his arrival Thursday, Parojinog declined to partake the chicken and rice lunch offered by his two escorts from Camp Crame saying that he has “allergy” with chicken meat and preferred a beef instead,” Tumanda said.

Tumanda said that he has no idea if he has taken a beef for lunch, but was informed that Parojinog complained of uneasiness when he took a “siomay” (a pork or beef laced rice) Thursday night.

According to Tumanda, it is not easy to bring in food for Parojinog who was temporarily detained in the Ozamis Police Sation, because he was closely guarded and the escorts from Camp Crame would always check all foods allowed by Parojinog to come in.

On Thursday night, the police personnel of the Ozamiz City Police Station took charge in guarding Parojinog while the escorts from Manila took a rest.

Parojinog was flown in to Ozamiz City from Manila onThusday to attend a scheduled hearing Friday where he is reportedly facing nine different cases involving various criminal offenses.

Police found Parojinog dead in his jail bed after he refused to respond to an early morning head count of inmates.

Police regional director Rolando Anduyan ordered a probe of Parojinog’s death, the brother of former Ozamiz City Mayor Reynaldo “Aldong” Parojinog.

The late Ozamiz City Mayor Aldong Parojinog was killed along with his wife Susan and brother board member Octavio, Jr. on a “controversial raid” of his residence in Barangay Baybay, Ozamiz City on July 30, 2017.

President Rodrigo Duterte earlier tagged the Parojinogs as among the high profile personalities listed in the illegal drug trade in the country.


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