Fugitive Philippine drug suspect arrested in southern Taiwan

Manila, A Philippine city councilor wanted in the Philippines for drug trafficking was nabbed in Pingtung County, southern Taiwan Wednesday, Taiwan's representative office in Manila confirmed Thursday.

Ozamiz City Councilor Ricardo Parojinog was arrested in a raid by Taiwanese law enforcement authorities at a house at around 6:20 p.m. following a tipoff from Philippine police, office staff told CNA.

They said Taiwanese investigators tracked Parojinog for a month and located his hideout via his smartphone. They noted that he might have entered Taiwan illegally because the Taiwanese authorities have no record of his entry.

Philippine National Police Chief Director Oscar Albayalde also confirmed Parojinog's arrest in Taiwan, and Philippine police officers are expected to arrive in Taiwan later this week to bring him back to the Philippines.

Parojinog went into hiding in September after a crackdown on drug dealers by police in the city of Ozamiz on Mindanao Island in July last year. Parojinog's older brother, who was mayor of Ozamiz, his brother's wife and 14 others were shot dead in that operation.

President Rodrigo Duterte has offered a bounty of 5 million pesos (US$95,230) for the arrest of Parojinog, who has also been allegedly involved in several other serious criminal cases.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel