Duterte vows to ‘wipe from the earth’ surviving members of Parojinog clan

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President Duterte speaking in Ozamiz today. (Screenshot from YouTube news report – watch below).

President Duterte has threatened to “wipe from the earth” surviving members of the Parojinog family, a political clan linked to the drug trade.

Last year, police raided the compound of the family, killing Ozamiz City Mayor Reynaldo Parojinog, his wife Susan, his brother Board Member Octavio Parojinog, sister Mona and 12 others.

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Yesterday (Wednesday, November 28) warned mayors he would not hesitate to kill them if they were involved in drugs. He then singled out the Parojinogs, who he accused of ordering the killing of anti-narcotics cops.

Speaking at the groundbreaking of an airport modernisation project in Ozamiz, he said: “If you are an evil mayor or councillor and you think of disgusting things, or even ten times more disgusting than that, I can do it better 50 times than you can. Do not intimidate me. I will strangle you if I lose my patience, you son of a bitch.

“To the Parojinogs, I will wipe you from the face of the earth.”

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The president said the deadly raid in July last year was part of his crackdown on drugs. It was plotted by police Superintendent Jovie Espenido, who was formerly the police chief of Albuera, Letye, when its mayor Rolando Espinosa killed inside a jail cell in November 2016.

Supt. Espenido had recently been assigned to the Eastern Visayas but the president announced yesterday that he was sending him back to Ozamiz City to finish off the Parojinog clan.

“I am here at the Ozamiz airport. They said they want him [Espenido] back,” he said, drawing cheers from the audience.

“My order is for him to wipe out that son of a bitch family of the mayor.”

The president’s speech came a day after he announced that he planned to form a “death squad” to go after the communist New People’s Army’s Special Partisan Unit, also known as “sparrow” units.

He said the death squad, which will be composed of civilians, would target idlers and “potential NPAs”.

His words have drawn strong criticism from human rights groups and opposition politicians.

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