2 Iloilo cops are dismissed for drug links

Published February 28, 2018, 10:00 PM

by Mario Casayuran and Vanne Elaine Terrazola

By Tara Yap

Iloilo City – Two more high-ranking Philippine National Police (PNP) officers from Iloilo have been dismissed from service for alleged links to illegal drug syndicates.

The National Police Commission (Napolcom) ordered the dismissal of Superintendents Ipil Dueñas and Roderick Condag.

Joseph Celis, Napolcom regional director for Western Visayas, told Manila Bulletin that Dueñas was dismissed for conduct unbecoming, and Condag for incompetence and gross neglect of duty.

Dueñas, a former intelligence chief of Iloilo City Police Office (ICPO), is accused of failing to curb the illegal drug trade in the city due to his connections to slain drug lord Melvin “Boyet” Odicta Sr.

Condag, a former intelligence chief of Iloilo Police Provincial Office (IPPO), also failed to perform his duty because he was also linked to Odicta.

The two have appealed their dismissal.

Dueñas and Condag are two of the dozen of active and retired police officers assigned in Western Visayas publicly named by President Duterte as drug protectors in August 2016.

Last July 2017, Napolcom also dismissed Superintendent Ronald Gepana for conduct unbecoming. Gepana was formerly chief of PNP’s Regional Intelligence Office.