Authorities in Philippine have fatally shot a city mayor, who was among politicians linked to illegal drugs, and 13 others in a gunbattle that erupted Sunday morning when they reportedly resisted arrest, officials said.
Chief Supt. Timoteo Pacleb, the Northern Mindanao police chief, said elements of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) were serving six search warrants against properties of the Mayor Reynaldo Parojinog Sr, his daughter, who is the vice mayor, and four other officials of Ozamiz city for drugs and firearms when they were met with violent resistance at about 2:30 a.m in San Roque Lawis in Ozamiz City.
De Guzman told Radyo5 that in all, 14 people were dead, up from his initial estimate of “12 to 13.”
Reports said the mayor himself was gunned down, along with his wife Susan and sibling, board member Octavio Parojinog. Four of the fatalities were members of a local auxiliary force, and it was unclear if they were killed while defending the mayor.
Vice Mayor Nova Princess Parojinog, who was at the scene, was unharmed but was detained and under investigation.