Quezon City regional trial court yesterday sentenced Reynaldo Parojinog, Jr. -- son of slain Ozamiz City Mayor Reynaldo Parojinog Sr. -- to life imprisonment for illegal drugs.
In a 23-page decision, Presiding Judge Nadine Jessica Corazon Fama of the Quezon City Regional Trial Court Branch 79 also ordered him to pay a fine of P500,000.
In June 2017, Reynaldo Jr. was arrested with his sister Ozamiz Vice Mayor Princess Nova Parojinog in a bloody police operation where authorities discovered shabu, P1.4 million cash, and several firearms in their residences
The elder Parojinog, his wife, and 13 others were killed in the raid where a fire fight between the warring groups ensued.
In the ruling, the QC RTC found all the ‘elements for illegal possession of dangerous drugs.’
“It must be emphasized that the finding of illegal drugs and paraphernalia in a house or 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 said.
“Noteworthy the legal teaching in our jurisprudence is that 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,’’ it added.
President Duterte accused the clan as among the alleged narco-politicians operating in Mindanao.