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No Special Treatment! Nova Princess Parojinog ordered to be transferred BJMP

The Quezon City regional trial court on Tuesday granted the motion of the Department of Justice to transfer detained former Ozamiz City vice mayor Nova Princess Parojinog from the Philippine National Police Custodial Center (PNPCC) in Camp Crame to the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology at Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig City.

In an order, Branch 95 Judge Edgardo Bellosillo directed the the PNP-Headquarters Support Service to transfer Parojinog to the BJMP-Detention Facilities-Special Intensive Care Area (SICA).

However, the court qualified that it was rejecting the prosecution’s claim of special treatment being given to Parojinog.
“The Court disagrees on the allegation of the prosecution that the current detention of accused Parojinog at the PNPCC constitutes” special treatment, “but the other contentions presented by the prosecution are impressed with merits. Verily, this court does not find any necessity for the continued detention of Parojinog in a custodial facility…” the order read in part.

In a motion, government prosecutors said the PNP custodial center was merely a temporary holding facility for arrested persons, and that those awaiting or undergoing trial should be detained by the BJMP, which runs local jails.

Furthermore, prosecutors pointed out that Parojinog should be detained in a BJMP facility like other inmates who were similarly situated.

“She should not be given special privileges or treatment distinct from all other detainees,” they said.

“To say the least, the accused’s continued detention at the PNPCC afford her special treatment as she is subjected to a different set of rules and procedures not afforded to all other detainees under the BJMP control,” they added.

In a formal opposition, Parojinog, who is being held on charges of drugs and illegal possession of firearms, disclosed that contrary to the prosecution’s claim, there is no special treatment being accorded to her at the PNPCC.

Furthermore, Parojinog pointed out that she is still being considered as a high-value target and high risk detainee, and such circumstances, according to her, have not changed since her arrest.

“For these reasons, and in the spirit of compassion and humanity, the accused humbly begs for the outright dismissal of the prosecution’s subject motion, and for her continued detention in the PNPCC during the duration of trial, and until she proves her innocence, ” Parojinog said.

Parojinog was arrested in 2017 during a police raid on her family’s residence.

Her father, Ozamiz City mayor Reynaldo Parojinog Sr., his wife, and 13 others were killed in the raid.

Her brother, Reynaldo Jr., was also arrested, convicted of possession of illegal drugs and sentenced to life imprisonment at the New Bilibid Prison in May 2019.

He also faced a pending case for illegal possession of firearms over two pistols, a shotgun, and live ammunition that police seized at his house during the 2017 police raid.

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