- Fortun is the legal counsel of suspected drug lord Melvin Odicta
- He said that a media advisory released by the DILG contained flawed facts
- Fortun clarified the ‘massive disinformation,’ as what he called it
With the growing number of alleged drug lords being tagged by the Duterte administration, more errors seem to crop up every now and then.
On Thursday, Atty. Raymond Fortun, the legal counsel of one of the suspected drug lords by the Duterte administration, rebuked the media advisory released by the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) as erroneous.
In the said media advisory, DILG stated that Fortun’s client, Melvin Odicta, “surrendered” to DILG and that he provided a drug matrix, which listed the names of various government officials who were purportedly involved in the illegal drug trade.
Atty. Fortun clarified the series of events concerning his client which actually transpired. He said that his client did not surrender to Mike Sueno, DILG Secretary, as opposed to the media advisory released by the department, stating otherwise.
“Massive disinformation. No surrender because they are not in PRRD (President Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s) list…Melvin Odicta is not involved in drugs and does not have any drug matrix,” Fortun shed light on the matter in a text message.
According to the lawyer, the Region 6 police director told the Odictas to report to PNP Chief Director General Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa. However, the Odictas decided to talk to Secretary Sueno instead of with Bato.
At around 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 25, the Odictas, together with Atty. Fortun, were in a meeting with Sueno.
Before the meeting, the wife of Odicta, went to the office of Sueno, asking for an hour to calm her husband, Melvin, as he was “shaking” inside their car. It was also reported that the family of Odicta have requested for security. – SD, Kami Media
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