Serenio drops more law enforcer names

BY MAE SINGUAY

Monday, March 20, 2017

BACOLOD City – Ricky Serenio again released more names of police officers and a National Bureau of Investigation agent with alleged links to suspected Negros Occidental drug lord Berya Tolentino.

The Negros Island Region’s top illegal drug suspect also tagged Senior Superintendent William Señoron, Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office (Nocppo) director, to the slain suspected Iloilo drug lord Melvin “Boyet” Odicta.

In a supplemental affidavit released to the press over the weekend, Serenio named three Nocppo officers (a Superintendent and two Chief Inspectors), a Police Officer 1 from the Bacolod City Police Office, and a Senior Inspector and a Senior Police Officer 4 from the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group here.

Señoron was connected with Odicta when he was leading the Regional Intelligence Unit of the Police Regional Office 6 in Iloilo City, Serenio claimed.

The police official also received protection money of around P1.2 million from other drug lords in Negros Occidental, said Serenio.

Serenio already tagged Señoron to the drug trade after his arrest in January in Talisay City, Negros Occidental for grave coercion. Señoron has since denied the allegations.

Panay News was still trying to reach Señoron for comment on his alleged link to Odicta as of press time.

In the supplemental affidavit, Serenio said he received from Tolentino’s alleged supplier, drug lord “Camaria” of Mindanao, 35 kilograms (kg) of shabu a month, not 25 kg as he previously claimed.

The shabu was divided: 5 kg was given to each of local dealers in Cadiz and Kabankalan cities, and 2 kilograms for each in La Carlota, Murcia, Silay, Talisay, and Bago cities. Bacolod City was supplied 15 kg, he claimed.

Serenio said sometime in 2015 the La Carlota City police arrested him for illegal possession of firearms; in exchange for his release, the police chief at the time asked for a P20,000 weekly protection money.

The police chief raised the demand to P50,000 a week when Señoron became Nocppo director: P20,000 for the police chief and P30,000 for Señoron, he said.

With this came the police chief’s promise of “stronger police protection” and the relief of then La Carlota City police deputy chief, Inspector Junji Liba, Serenio said. Tolentino cannot bribe the “antagonistic” Liba, he added.

Other police officers were receiving between P10,000 and P80,000, Serenio claimed.

Serenio was released from prison on March 16 after posting bail for the grave coercion charge.

But he is being kept in an undisclosed location for his protection, said Senior Inspector Armilyn Vargas, regional police spokeswoman./PN