OZAMIZ CITY—The late Mayor Reynaldo Parojinog Sr. and his wife, Susan, were buried, Wednesday morning, Aug.16, in the family’s maosoleum inside the Mt. Malindang Memorial Gardens in Bagakay.
Earlier, the scheduled burial for Monday (Aug. 14) was reset to Wednesday by relatives as they seek a second, private autopsy to determine the circumstances of their death in a police raid two weeks ago after insisting police raiders had committed “overkill.” It didn't push through however.
Thousands paid their last respects to Parojinog and wife who were buried along with the mayor’s brother, Board Member Octavio Parojinog Jr. and sister Mona.
The four were among the 16 persons killed during a drug raid in the homes of the Parojinogs in Barangay Sta. Cruz last July 30, 2017.
A funeral procession was held 9:00 in the morning from the San Roque basketball court passing Cotta Shrine in Barangay Triunfo to the Immaculate Conception Cathedral where a Requiem mass was held.
Retired Archbishop Jesus A. Dosado celebrated the funeral liturgy which was attended by thousands of friends and supporters who called for justice to the slain family.
Dosado, a close acquaintance of Parojinog, criticized some people who pronounced a bad opinion to the slain mayor for his alleged wrongdoings, while failing to remember his good contributions for the city’s development.
Dosado also called for clear-headedness among residents and to help bring an end to the violence in Ozamiz.
Government workers and residents also joined the funeral march, as school children waved flags on the side-streets.
Vice Mayor Nova Parojinog, who is still detained in Camp Crame with her brother Dodo for illegal possession of firearms and illegal drugs, had her eulogy read out during the funeral mass.
The deceased Parojinog family members were finally laid to rest at about 2:45 in the afternoon after a long procession from the cathedral to the cemetery, about 5 kilometers from the city proper. (MICHAEL MEDINA, WITH REPORTS BY BERNALD TECSON SR.)