MANILA, Philippines – Fugitive Ozamiz City Councilor Ricardo "Ardot" Parojinog has been deported back to the Philippines, arriving at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport on Friday evening, July 27.
The return of Parojinog was confirmed by PNP Spokesperson Senior Superintendent Benigno Durana in a text message to Rappler
Parojinog was booted out of Taiwan after escaping from the Philippines following the bloody police raid which killed his older brother, clan patriarch, and mayor Reynaldo Parojinog Sr and 14 others on July 30, 2017. (TIMELINE: Parojinog, from Duterte's narco list to a bloody raid)
Why was he deported? Ardot has been linked by the Philippine government to the illegal drugs trade, allegedly part of the drug network run by Reynaldo Parojinog Sr.
The Department of Justice has issued a lookout bulletin for Ardot since August 2017, while President Rodrigo Duterte had announced in an earlier speech that he would give P5 million to anyone who could capture him.
Why does this matter? Ardot is considered the 'last man standing' of the top echelon of the once powerful Parojinog family decimated by the deadly drug bust last year. In fact, Duterte only dropped his name when he ordered the arrest of "the remaining" of the Parojinog clan.
The children of Mayor Reynaldo Sr who survived the drug bust, former Ozamiz City Vice Mayor Nova Princess Parojinog and her younger Brother Reynaldo Jr, are already in police custody facing drugs and firearms charges.
Even his alleged live-in partner, former Misamis Occidental board member Mena Luansing, has fallen to the hands of authorities for allegedly keeping illegal firearms in Parañaque City.
What will happen next? The Philippine National Police earlier announced that at the very least, Ardot Parojinog will face drug charges. – Rappler.com
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.