President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday singled out Bohol once again in a speech as he bared to the public that slain alleged drug lord Melvin Odicta was behind the proliferation of illegal drugs in the province.
Duterte, during the Sulong Pilipinas Local Governance Series event in Makati City, tagged Odicta and his wife Miriam, as then-number one drug suppliers to Bohol.
The Odictas, from Iloilo Province, were gunned down by unidentified assailants on August 29, 2016 as they arrived at the Caticlan Port from Batangas.
The President said that the Odictas supplied drugs to Bohol through various contacts who he did not name.
Duterteâ€™s allegation was disclosed as he once again lamented the proliferation of drugs in â€œconservativeâ€ Bohol.
â€œBohol is a very passive place. Boholanos donâ€™t like conflict. How many Boholano soldiers do you see? Seldom. The contribution of Boholanos are priests and nuns,â€ Duterte said.
Duterteâ€™s grandmother traced her roots to Maribojoc, the President previously bared, noting that Boholanos are known to be â€œlaw-abidingâ€ and â€œGod-fearingâ€.
Duterte had also blamed drug-linked Albuera, Leyte Mayor Rolando Espinosa for the rampant drug activities in Bohol.
The President even hinted that Espinosa, who previously surrendered to the Philippine National Police (PNP), would lose his life once he was out of Director General Ronald â€œBatoâ€ dela Rosaâ€™s White House.
Espinosa briefly stayed at the official residence of the PNP chief in August after he surrendered following Duterte’s demand for him and his son, an alleged drug lord, to yield.
Earlier Wednesday, Espinosa was arrested for possession of illegal drugs and firearms.
He was placed in detention in a sub-provincial jail following his arrest while no bail bond was recommended. (Allen Doydora)
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