Fugitive Councilor Ardot Parojinog nabbed in Taiwan

Rambo Talabong
Fugitive Councilor Ardot Parojinog nabbed in Taiwan
Ricardo 'Ardot' Parojinog is the brother of Ozamiz Mayor Reynaldo Parojinog Sr, who was shot dead in a police operation last year

MANILA, Philippines – Ozamiz City Councilor Ricardo “Ardot” Parojinog has been arrested in Taiwan, the Philippine National Police (PNP) announced on Thursday, May 24.

Parojinog is a younger brother of Ozamiz Mayor Reynaldo Parojinog Sr, who was gunned down with 14 others in police search and seizure in his residence in 2017.

For the last 10 months, authorities had been trying to track down Parojinog for his alleged involvement in the illegal drugs trade.

He was placed on the Bureau of Immigration’s lookout in August 2017.

Philippine authorities are still coordinating with their Taiwanese for details of his arrest and transfer. ABS-CBN reported that the PNP tipped Taiwanese police that Parojinog was in Taiwan.

Mayor Parojinog was part of President Rodrigo Duterte’s infamous list of so-called narcopoliticians. The Parojinog clan had been monitored by police not just for drugs but also other illegal activities. (TIMELINE: Parojinog, from Duterte’s narco list to a bloody raid

The late mayor’s children, Ozamiz City Vice Mayor Nova Parojinog and  Reynaldo Parojinog Jr, were charged with illegal possession of firearms and drugs before the Ozamiz City Regional Trial Court (RTC) in August last year. – Rappler.com

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Rambo Talabong

Rambo Talabong covers the House of Representatives and local governments for Rappler. Prior to this, he covered security and crime. He was named Jaime V. Ongpin Fellow in 2019 for his reporting on President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs. In 2021, he was selected as a journalism fellow by the Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics.