BREAKING: 14 DEAD Including MAYOR In Drug Raid- Here’s What We Know

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BREAKING — Police in the southern Philippines said they fatally shot 15 people Sunday, including a city mayor who was among the politicians President Rodrigo Duterte publicly linked to illegal drugs, in one of the bloodiest anti-drug assaults so far under his crackdown.

Reynaldo Parojinog was the third mayor to be killed in the government’s bloody narcotics crackdown, Reuters reports.

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Parojinog, the mayor of Ozamiz city, was killed during a gun battle with police serving a search warrant at his home.

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Several high-powered firearms and an unspecified amount of methamphetamines were recovered, Timoteo Pacleb, chief of police of Northern Mindanao, told reporters.

“We have reports that armed bodyguards are carrying unlicensed weapons,” Pacleb said, adding that an undetermined number of assault rifles, grenades and cash were seized in the raids.

“Police were met with a volley of fire…prompting police to retaliate,” Pacleb said.

Several others, including Parojinog’s wife, were killed during the raid.

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“The Parojinogs, if you would recall, are included in President Duterte’s list of personalities involved in the illegal drug trade,” Ernesto Abella, the president’s spokesperson, said in a statement.

Aside from the mayor’s residence, three other houses were raided in the port city in Misamis Occidental province and resulted in the arrests of five suspects. At least one police officer was wounded during the clashes, police said.

Last year, police officers shot dead Albuera town Mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr. inside a jail cell in the central province of Leyte, and a week before that, another mayor and his nine bodyguards were gunned down allegedly during a firefight on a road in the southern Philippines, ABC reported.

Espenido was the Albuera police chief when the then-detained Espinosa was killed during a police raid in a jail in a nearby city in Leyte.

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Duterte has vowed to defend policemen who would face criminal and human rights charges while cracking down on illegal drugs. He recently ordered a police officer charged in connection with Espinosa’s death to be reinstated after briefly being charged and suspended following the jail killing.

All three mayors were among more than 160 officials Duterte named publicly as being linked to illegal drugs in August last year as part of a shame campaign.

Duterte has vowed not to stop until the last drug trafficker in the country has been eliminated.

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