Broken Copier Excuse Frees Slain Drug Lord’s In-Laws

EXCUSES EXCUSES’ Odicta kin skirt detention due to ‘broken’ photocopier printer The Daily Guardian - Broken Copier Excuse Frees Slain Drug Lord's In-Laws

First of all, a story so audacious, so astounding, that I just had to file it in my “Only in the Philippines” category. “Broken Copier Excuse Frees Slain Drug Lord’s In-Laws” seems like a cheap work of fiction. However, even more troubling is that it’s true.

Mind-Blowing Excuse

Released from a mandatory 36-hour detention, were in-laws of slain alleged drug lord Melvin “Dragon” Odicta Sr. Alleged Iloilo drug lord Melvin Odicta wife shot dead Caticlan Jetty Port

The in-laws were related to the “Dragon’s” asawa, Meriam.

The PDEA-6 operatives allegedly tried to file an inquest case within the 36-hour period of detention but failed.

The Daily Guardian reported that the three brothers-in-law and a sister-in-law were let go thanks to a “broken” photocopying machine and printer of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency 6 (PDEA-6).

Consequently, the suspects’ detention period apparently lapsed on early Friday evening. Their arrest took place the morning of Dec. 13 in Jaro, Iloilo City.

Look, even if I tried, I couldn’t make up crap like this.

Chief has Doubts

Chief Superintendent John Bulalacao, Western Visayas police chief, confirmed that PDEA ordered the release of the alleged lawbreakers. Set free were brothers Arnulfo Regalado, Cyril Regalado, 51, and Leo Regalado, 48, and Arnulfo’s wife, Nilda.

The region’s top cop said he had doubts over the Margate’s alibi.

A broken photocopying machine and printer was the reason for the delayed filing of the case? C’mon.

Bulalacao admitted that he found Margate’s excuse as too flimsy.

Had Margate informed them of their constraints on photocopying machine and printer, Bulalacao said they could have offered help.

[Editor’s Note: If not, the PDEA could have gone over to a nearby sari-sari store and used their copier.]

On Dec. 13 in Jaro, Iloilo City. PDEA AND PNP agents raided the four suspects’ house. It appeared that PDEA-6 requested the assistance of the PNP Regional Drug Enforcement Unit 6 (RDEU-6). Hence, the PDEA needed help because they could not identify their targets.

However, here’s the rub: Only PDEA operatives went inside the Regalados’ house while the PNP personnel waited outside.

“So I have been having questions about what really happened. This should have been an intelligence driven operation. They bungled the case. That’s my impression,” Bulalacao said.

Recovered from the alleged drug dealers were the following items:

  • 9 sachets of suspected shabu,

  • assorted drug paraphernalia,

  • a caliber .45 pistol,

  • a 12-gauge shotgun,

  • two bolos,

  • And a knife.

Furthermore, estimated at P380,000, 7,600 US dollars, was the street value of the confiscated drugs.

Authorities claimed that the four suspects were dealing illegal drugs in the heydays of the Odicta couple.

Even after the Odictas’ assassination, the in-laws continued their operations.

PDEA Director Fired

Emerson Margate was the regional director of PDEA-6 who issued the release. Most noteworthy, Margate has since been fired, according to a report in the Panay News.

PDEA 6 CHIEF SACKED 1 - Broken Copier Excuse Frees Slain Drug Lord's In-Laws

Screenshot from The Daily Guardian


Sacked, also, effective Dec. 16, were eight PDEA personnel.

Transferred to the PDEA national office were Director Margate and the eight others. Consequently, they are undergoing investigation, said PDEA spokesperson David Garcia.

Above all, the probe would determine the administrative charges to be filed against them, said Garcia.

Margate is a former Magdalo member who took part in the Oakwood mutiny.

More than 300 junior officers and enlisted men took over the Oakwood Premier in the Ayala Center, Makati City on July 27, 2003. Navy Ltsg. Antonio Trillanes IV, now a Filipino senator, led the attempted coup against the government.

Only in the Philippines.

Author: The Kano

POST AUTHOR: "THE KANO." Dave DeWall, "The Kano", is the Publisher & Editor-in-Chief of "Philippines Plus" in publication since August 2009. He is also the CEO of Lizard Poop Productions and author of the best-selling guide book "The Philippines Expat Advisor." Dave moved to the Philippines in July 2009 from Central Illinois with his lovely wife of over 19 years, "The Sainted Patient Wife." The couple reside in a rural province in Western Visayas, Guimaras. The small island province is said to have the sweetest mangoes in the world. They do not have any children but are the proud owners of eight active canines, including a Belgian Shepherd called "Killer" "Killer" has bitten five people in the last two years along with one goat and a carabao. "Killer" doesn't like strangers. Or goats. Or carabaos.