OZAMIZ CITY--Almost a year of hiding from authorities for drug trafficking, resigned Councilor Ricardo “Ardot” Parojinog was finally arrested in Pingtung County, Taiwan Wednesday, May 23, the Philippine National Police (PNP) confirmed yesterday.
PNP spokesman, C/Supt. John Bulalacao told mediamen that Parojinog’s arrest came after a joint cooperation was made between the PNP and its counterpart in Taiwan.
Parojinog was arrested in a raid by Taiwanese police at his rented house in Donggang, near evening following a tipoff.
Intelligence reports from Interpol revealed that the councilor entered Taiwan using illegal documents and sought refuge in the fishing village of Donggang .
Information from Taiwanese police also said they have been tracking Parojinog for illegal entry since April and located his hideout via his smartphone.
This city's police office has since reported that Ardot had gone into hiding as early as January, last year, months before the raids were made on their houses.
The PNP added that Ardot is being investigated and wanted for illegal possession of high-powered firearms he allegedly kept and was recently seized by policemen in a raid inside his mrop security agency office and Dottie's Inn business located here.
The councilor's arrested cohorts tipped off authorities on his whereabouts, also said Police C/Insp. Jovie Espenido.
As of press time, there is no definite date yet when Parojinog would be deported from Taiwan.
President Rodrigo Duterte, who has offered a bounty of P5 million for Ardot's arrest, welcomed the councilor's arrest as a good news and assured Ozamiznons that Parojinog will be tried in due process for the charges leveled against him.
When he became president, Duterte tagged the Parojinogs as key players of illegal drug activities in Ozamiz City and nearby areas.
As for Espenido, Ardot’s arrest was a sort of help from above. He said in one newspaper interview that with the councilor now in detention, he felt a finishing point of his worry about Ozamiz. (MICHAEL MEDINA, THE PHILIPPINE PREVIEW)