- The Iloilo business man accused of being the drug lord known as “Dragon and his wife were gunned down in Aklan by unidentified men
- PNP Chief dela Rosa accused the businessman of being the biggest drug lord in Iloilo
- Odicta and his wife earlier went to the DILG secretary asking for help in clearing their names
Melvin Odicta – accused by authorities as the drug lord “Dragon – and his wife were shot dead by unidentified gunmen on early Monday at the Caticlan port in Aklan.
The murders happened just two days after Police National Police (PNP) Chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa confirmed that the businessman is guilty of being the biggest drug lord in Iloilo – described by President Rodrigo Duterte as the most “shabulized” in the Philippines.
The Philippine Drug Enforcement Authority (PDEA) identified the married couple through the identification cards recovered from their bodies.
According to Aklan police director Senior Supt. John Mitchelle Jamili, the couple were walking at the port terminal at around 1:30 a.m. when the gunmen shot them down. The couple were rushed to a hospital but were declared dead by a doctor.
Odicta and his wife earlier denied the accusations made against them, asking Interior Secretary Ismael “Mike” Sueño for help in clearing their names. However, Dela Rosa claimed that the couple were lying and that they were really involved in the illegal drug trade.
“Drug lords are hard to arrest. They do not carry drugs. But we will eventually get them,” Dela Rosa stated in an earlier interview.
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However, Dela Rosa had repeatedly denied that policemen are involved in the killings. He accused the drug lords of killing each other and of ordering the murders of drug pushers who fail to remit their earnings.
Various sectors from the local and international scene, including politicians, human rights groups, and even religious organizations, have urged the Philippine government to put a stop to the rising number of summary executions in the country. – Kami Media