- President weighed in on the death of suspected drug lord Melvin Odicta and his wife
- He said Odicta’s alleged illegal activities finally caught up with him
- Police suspecting criminal syndicates or corrupt officials behind Odicta’s death
MANILA, Philippines – Even as authorities have yet to identify the gunman who killed suspected drug lord Melvin Odicta Sr. and his wife Meriam, President Rodrigo Duterte said he believes the former’s alleged illegal activities had finally caught up with him.
“’Yang Odicta was really being hunted. Sa Iloilo, siya ang number one. Inabot siya ng malas,” Rappler quoted Duterte as saying.
[That Odicta was really being hunted. In Iloilo, he’s the number one (drug lord). Bad luck caught up with him.]
The president also said Odicta deserves his fate due to his purported involvement in the illegal drug trade.
“That is not my problem. He is wanted and he is the number one drug lord,” he said. “I cannot say anything good or bad, wala ako – kasi ‘yun ang napili niya e [I have nothing to say, because that is what he chose.]
Odicta and his wife were shot by a lone gunman at the Caticlan Jetty Port in Aklan early Monday morning. The couple had just arrived from Batangas via roro after presenting themselves to Interior Secretary Mike Sueno to deny their involvement in the illegal drug trade.
Police are investigating the possibility that Odicta and his wife may have been targeted by criminal syndicates or corrupt officials threatened by their expose to Sueno.
Marked on the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA)’s watchlist, Odicta was widely suspected as one of the top drug lords in Panay known as “Dragon”.
According to PNP chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa, Odicta received his supply of illegal drugs from drug lords detained in Bilibid, Samar and Davao.