Mayor, 7 others killed in S. Philippine drug raid

Source: Xinhua| 2017-07-30 12:49:20|Editor: ZD
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DAVAO CITY, the Philippines, July 30 (Xinhua) -- A mayor of a southern Philippine city and seven others were killed in an anti-drug operation on Sunday, authorities said.

Several weapons and large volume of crystal meth were also seized following a massive law enforcement operation against Reynaldo Parojinog, mayor of Ozamis city in Mindanao's Misamis Occidental, according to Superintendent Lemuel Gonda, regional police spokesperson for Northern Mindanao.

Gonda said Parojinog's daughter Nova Princess, the city's vice mayor, was among those arrested during the operation at the family's estate in San Roque Lawis village around 2:30 a.m. local time.

Also killed was Parojinog's wife Susan and Octavio Parojinog Jr., a member of the provincial legislative board.

The Parojinogs were among powerful warlord-clans whom President Rodrigo Duterte has named as biggest narco-politicians in violence-plagued southern Philippines.

Duterte had publicly named and threatened the family for their alleged involvement in drugs trade, kidnapping and other high crimes.

The family was also tagged as the founder of Kuratong Baleleng, a gang of former military men who were into kidnapping and bank robberies in the 1980s.