Nova Princess and Reynaldo Parojinog Jr. failed to convince the Regional Trial Court (RTC) of Ozamiz City to allow them to attend the burial of their parents and siblings on Monday.
Judge Edmundo Pintac of the RTC Branch 15 said it’s difficult for him to reject the siblings’ request, however, he noted the welfare of many should always prevail.
“The safety and security of the accused that’s the primordial concern that’s why the court denies their motion,” said Judge Pintac.
The Ozamiz police, meanwhile, claimed receiving information that the supporters and sympathizers of the Parojinogs are planning to retaliate.
“On the part of the PNP we oppose on the said motion because we receive intelligence reports that there is a plan of rescue and there is also a sighting of armed men coming from Lanao del Norte and there are also report of consolidation from the supporters or the sympathizers so we are considering that it could be a risk if they will attend the burial,” said Ozamiz City deputy director Police Inspector Dennis Tano.
The relatives of the Parojinogs have no other choice but to accept the court’s decision.
“We would report this to our attorneys. Maybe we will bury them. It’s okay. That’s normal,” said Fron Vazquez, cousin of Nova Parojinog.
Police Chief Inspector Jovie Espenido initially stated that he is not against allowing the Parojinog siblings to attend the burial of their loved ones.
“If I would be asked, I would allow them for humanitarian reason. It’s their father, their loved one was lost. So maybe they could be allowed to look on them for the last chance,” said Espenido. — Nel Maribojoc | UNTV News & Rescue
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