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AGUIRRE TO USE BAGMAN'S AFFIDAVIT

DOJ: Bagman’s affidavit can be used to probe Roxas, Drilon’s ‘drug links’

/ 05:06 PM October 25, 2017

Target of drug probe: Senator Franklin Drilon and Mar Roxas’ alleged ties to Melvin Odicta Sr.

The affidavit submitted by a drug personality in Iloilo tagging two Liberal Party stalwarts as a drug protector in his province will be treated as a complaint, Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II said.

Ricky Serenio, a confessed bagman of the Berya drug cartel, submitted before the La Carlota City prosecutor’s office in Negros Occidental last Oct. 18 an affidavit identifying Senator Franklin Drilon and former Interior Secretary Mar Roxas as protectors of Melvin Odicta Sr.

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Odicta Sr., a suspected drug dealer, and his wife were shot dead in August last year at the Caticlan Jetty Port in Aklan.

Aguirre clarified that he can no longer order the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to conduct further investigation or do a case build-up since President Rodrigo Duterte already gave the Philippine Drug Enforcement Authority (PDEA) sole authority to conduct anti-drug operations.

But since Serenio’s affidavit has been submitted to the prosecutor, “a preliminary investigation can be conducted since the affidavit could serve as a complaint.”

READ: Mar Roxas reaction

INQUIRER.net contacted the office of Drilon but his staff said he’s out of the country but said they will bring it to his attention.

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