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Bacolod City, Philippines Tuesday, August 30, 2016
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‘Slain WV drug lord
Negros supplier, too'

Alleged Western Visayas drug lord Melvin Odicta Sr., who was shot and killed yesterday in Aklan, also supplied illegal drugs to Negros Occidental, Senior Supt. William Señoron, provincial police director, said.

But they cannot determine the volume of illegal drugs being supplied by the associates of Odicta to Negros Occidental, who also engage in illegal gambling.

The Philippine National Police has created a task force to investigate the killing of Odicta and his wife, Meriam, at the Caticlan Jetty Port in Malay, Aklan.

Chief Supt. Jose Gentilles, Western Visayas police director, said they are looking into the possibility that the couple's big-time drug associates were behind the ambush, out of fear of what the couple disclosed when they reported to Interior Secretary Ismael Mike Sueno on Thursday.

Señoron said the information that associates of Odicta allegedly supplied illegal drugs to Negros Occidental, came from pushers who surrendered under their Oplan Tokhang campaign.

More than 11,000 drug pushers and users have surrendered to the Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office, from July up to last week, NOCPPO records show.

They are also using illegal gambling as a front for their illegal drug trade, Señoron added.

Three alleged financiers and main suppliers of the illegal drug trade, with one of them also engaged in illegal gambling, are already accounted for by the police in Negros Occidental, he added.

Police Director General Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa Friday said it was “public knowledge” that Odicta was a drug financier in Western Visayas.

Odicta was also reported to be on the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency's watch list as the “topmost drug financier” in the region.

“Who are the Odicta couple trying to fool when it is public knowledge that they are drug lords,” dela Rosa had said.

The Western Visayas police, in a statement, expressed its deepest sympathy to the family of the victims, condemning the shooting incident and ordering an in-depth investigation to identify and arrest the killers.

“PRO (Police Regional Office) 6 values the life of every individual and respects human rights and due process. We appeal to the public who have direct knowledge of the incident to come out to the open and help in our investigation so that justice will prevail,” the statement said.*GPB



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