A businessman and his wife were shot and killed moments after they stepped off a roll-on, roll-off vessel in the port of Caticlan in Malay, Aklan province, at 1:30 a.m. on Monday, two days after the slain man was named by the Philippine National Police chief allegedly as the No. 1 drug lord, nicknamed “Dragon,” on Panay Island.
Melvin Odicta, 56, and his wife Meriam, 51, sustained multiple gunshot wounds and were taken to the hospital, where they were pronounced dead in the latest apparent case of extrajudicial execution in President Duterte’s war on illegal drugs that had drawn concern among human rights activists here and abroad.
Three companions of the couple—Maria Victoria Laygon and Marlon and Manolito Susano—were arrested on Sunday afternoon in the port of Batangas where the group had boarded the MV St. Anthony de Padua, which was on its way to Odiongan in Romblon province en route to Caticlan before noon. Read More