The Police Regional Office 18 will try to secure copies of confidential documents that were shown to Interior and Local Government Secretary Mike Sueno, by alleged Western Visayas drug lord Melvin “Dragon” Odicta, before he was killed on Monday at the Caticlan Port in Malay town, Aklan.
Chief Supt. Renato Gumban, newly-installed PRO 18 police director, said yesterday that the documents may contain the names of Odicta's Negros Island associates in the illegal drug trade.
Odicta was tagged as the alleged main supplier of illegal drugs in Iloilo and nearby areas, but he had vehemently denied this during a meeting with Sueno in Manila, several days before he and his wife were both shot and killed in Aklan.
Senior Supt. William Señoron, Negros Occidental police director, revealed on Monday that the Odicta Drug Group also supplied illegal drugs to the province.
“We will know it as soon as the list is made public”, Gumban said. He is expecting that they will be tasked to verify the names on the list, he said.
Sueno disclosed that the Odicta couple was forced to surrender because they had been receiving threats, in connection with their alleged involvement in illegal drugs activities.
The Philippine National Police has created a task force to investigate the killing of Odicta and his wife, Meriam, as it is also looking into the possibility that the couple's death may have been related to the illegal drug trade.
Señoron said the information that associates of Odicta supplied illegal drugs to Negros Occidental, came from pushers who surrendered under their Oplan Tokhang campaign.
Police troopers who responded first to the shooting of Odicta and his wife at the Caticlan Jetty Port in Malay, Aklan,will be subjected to paraffin testing their firearms for ballistic examinations, SPO1 Nida Gregas, Aklan Police Provincial Office Public Information Officer, said.
There are allegations of a grand conspiracy in the killing of the Odicta couple.*GPB
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