THE QUEZON CITY Regional Trial Court Branch 79 has sentenced the son of the late Ozamiz City City Reynaldo Parojinog, Sr of life imprisonment for drug possessions during the final promulgation of his case.
Convicted by the local court in Quezon City was Reynaldo Parojinog, Jr. Aside from life conviction, he was also fined P500,000.
The young Parojinog was arrested by joint police opratives of the City of Ozamiz and the province during a simultaneous raid on July 2017. During the raid, his father, Reynaldo Parojinog, Sr; mother Susan Parojinog and their bodyguards were killed.
The court convicted Parojinog, Jr based on the court's ruling which reads: “It must be emphasized that the finding of illicit drugs and paraphernalia in a house or a building owned or occupied by a particular person raises the presumption of knowledge and possession thereof which, standing alone, is sufficient to convict.”
The court also emphasized that Parojinog Jr's wife herself admitted that she saw a bag inside the cabinet of their TV stand, and the bag, according to her, contained the prohibited drugs during the height of the investigation and search made at the second floor of the Parojinog residence.
The police, in fact, opened the bag allegedly containing the drugs in front of his wife Minnielisa, members of the media and representatives of the barangay during the raid. The bag contained "1 large heat-sealed plastic sachet containing five medium-sized plastic with shabu, a candy plastic box labeled “Tic Tac” containing 12 small plastic sachets of shabu, improvised glass pipes, 44 pieces of plastic cellophane, one light blue plastic box with pieces of folded and rolled aluminum foil, a pair of tongs and scissor."
The court said Parojinog, Jr failed to give explanation why said drugs were in their house. “The accused had not presented convincing evidence to rebut his possession of the seized drugs," the promulgation papers said.
During the course of the trial, the prosecution has also demonstrated the integrity and evendentiary value of the drugs in question.
The court added: “The integrity of the evidence is presumed to have been preserved unless there is a showing of bad faith, ill will or proof that the evidence had been tampered with…Here, the defense failed to show that the evidence were tampered with."
However, the accused Parojinog, Jr maintained his position that it was not his and said drugs were only "planted" by government authorities.
Here, the court also said the subject person cannot substantiate his claim and support his denial with solid evidence.