Parojinog bucks transfer

February 19, 2020

DETAINED former Ozamiz City vice mayor Nova Princess Parojinog yesterday opposed her transfer from the Philippine National Police Custodial Center (PNPCC) in Camp Crame to the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology at Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig City.

In a formal opposition filed before the Quezon City regional trial court Branch 95, Parojinog, who is being held on charges of drugs and illegal possession of firearms, disclosed that contrary to the prosecution’s claim, there is no special treatment being accorded to her at the PNPCC.

Furthermore, Parojinog pointed out that she is still being considered as a high-value target and high risk detainee, and the circumstances, according to her, have not changed since her arrest.

“For these reasons, and in the spirit of compassion and humanity, the accused humbly begs for the outright dismissal of the prosecution’s subject motion, and for her continued detention in the PNPCC during the duration of trial, and until she proves her innocence, “ Parojinog said.

In a motion, prosecutors said the custodial center was merely a temporary holding facility for arrested persons, and that those awaiting or undergoing trial should be detained by the BJMP, which runs local jails.

Furthermore, they argued that she should be detained in a BJMP facility like others who were similarly situated.

“She should not be given special privileges or treatment distinct from all other detainees,” they said.

“To say the least, the accused’s continued detention at the PNPCC affords her special treatment as she is subjected to a different set of rules and procedures not afforded to all other detainees under the BJMP control.”

Parojinog was arrested in 2017 during a police raid on her family’s residence.

Her father, Ozamiz City mayor Reynaldo Parojinog Sr., his wife, and 13 others were killed in the raid.