Town mayor killed as Philippines war on drugs escalates

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The mayor, who was among a list of officials publicly shamed previous year by Duterte of being linked to drugs, was killed alongside his wife and 10 others during a series of pre-dawn anti-drug raids.

Reynaldo Parojinog, Mayor of Ozamiz City in Mindanao in southern Philippines, and at least 14 others, including his wife, are the latest casualties in Duterte's brutal drug war.

Nova and Reynaldo Jr. are the daughter and son of Ozamiz City Mayor Reynaldo Parajinog who was killed along with his wife Susan, and 13 others during an alleged encounter inside the family's residence in San Roque Lawis early Sunday morning.

CHILDREN. Ozamiz City Vice Mayor Nova Princess Parojinog and her brother Reynaldo Parojinog Jr arrive at NAIA Terminal 3 following the death of their parents.

According to reports, police operatives confiscated about P1.4 million in cash, 500 grams of suspected illegal drugs, two cell phones and an M16 rifle inside the mayor's house.

A spokesman for the Parojinogs has a different story on what happened during the police raid.

Two councilors of Ozamiz City on Monday will temporarily assume the posts of mayor and vice mayor following the death and arrest of their city's officials.

In a speech past year, Mr. Duterte said Mr. Parojinog was among mayors involved in the illegal drug trade.

Police said they had conducted surveillance on Parojinog based on the president's remarks.

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The police were supposed to serve the warrant to search the Parojinog house and at least four other properties, but claimed they were met with gunfire and had to defend themselves.

In a speech past year, Duterte said Parojinog was among mayors involved in the illegal drug trade.

He said the Senate's inquiry into the killing of mayor Rolando Espinosa of Albuera, Leyte was different as it happened inside a jail and was seen as murder.

Mr Parojinog, who also faced corruption charges, had denied any links to illegal drugs.

"The administration vowed to intensify the drug campaign", presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella said in connection with Sunday's raids in Ozamiz.

The complaint said the killing of 9,400 people began in 1988 when Duterte was mayor of the southern city of Davao and has lasted throughout his presidency.

The police chief had explained that the bodies were displayed so that their kin could identify them and to encourage people allegedly victimized by the slain suspects to come forward.

Duterte said he would be "happy to slaughter" three million drug addicts, and likened his campaign to Nazi leader Adolf Hitler's efforts to exterminate Jews in Europe.

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