PHOTO CAPTION: Many people initially entertained doubts as to the veracity of police reports that Western Visayas’ most wanted drug personality, Ernesto Mendoza Bolivar, Jr., recently died of pneumonia in Metro Manila, but now that a death certificate and an urn containing his cremated remains surfaced, there should no longer be any doubt that he is, in fact, already dead. (N. Glenn Aragon/Photo courtesy of Ruby Silubrico/PN and Aksyon Radyo-Iloilo)
ILOILO–Now there is no longer any doubt that the most wanted drug personality in all of Western Visayas is indeed dead after a photo of the urn containing the cremated remains of Ernesto Bolivar as well as his death certificate were presented by authorities today.
Bolivar, a native of Brgy. Guimacas, Pototan, Iloilo, reportedly died in Metro Manila due to pneumonia. His remains were cremated before being brought to Iloilo.
Only yesterday, Iloilo Police Provincial Office (IPPO) director P/Col. Gilbert Gorero said they had received verified information that Bolivar, who fled to the National Capital Region (NCR) shortly after being named the region’s most-wanted drug personality in 2017 following the death of the Philippine National Police-identified drug lord Richard Prevendido September of that year, passed away recently.
This, even when his family in Pototan had denied his reported death.
“Gapati kita nga nadula na gid man siya base sa information nga nakuha naton. Ang kulang na gid lang is the death certificate [We believe that he (Bolivar) really died based on the information we received. The only thing missing is his death certificate],” Gorero said in an earlier interview with local media.
WV’S MOST WANTED
Bolivar was named Western Visayas’ Number 1 Most Wanted Drug Personality by then-Police Regional Office (PRO)-6 Dir. Rene Pamuspusan back in 2019. Also during that time, then IPPO Director Roland Vilela offered a P100,000 cash reward for whoever could provide information that would result in his eventual arrest.
Bolivar, who was believed to be the right-hand man of Prevendido prior to the latter’s death in a shootout with cops four years ago, ‘inherited’ and continued Prevendido’s illegal drug activities.
In 2016, he eluded arrest in an entrapment operation by police operatives in his house in Pototan. He also had a pending warrant of arrest for violation of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002. (N. Glenn Aragon/iNews)