Marcelino charged at Justice department

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REVERSAL OF FORTUNE Marine Lt. Col. Ferdinand Marcelino is escorted by policemen to the Department of Justice. PHOTO BY CESAR DANCEL

REVERSAL OF FORTUNE Marine Lt. Col. Ferdinand Marcelino is escorted by policemen to the Department of Justice. PHOTO BY CESAR DANCEL

Former Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) director Col. Ferdinand Marcelino was formally charged before the Department of Justice (DOJ) on Friday.

Marcelino underwent a preliminary inquest for violation of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.

The former anti-drug official who broke the Alabang Boys drug ring was arrested by PDEA agents during a raid on a shabu laboratory in Manila on Thursday.

During the inquest, Marcelino executed a waiver of detention, meaning that he will stay in jail while the case is pending at the Justice department.


Senior Deputy Prosecutor Theodore Villanueva conducted the preliminary investigation.
Villanueva ordered Marcelino to show proof that he was on a covert operation when he was arrested but the Army colonel wasn’t immediately able to produce a mission order from the Army or from the Intelligence Service of the Armed Forces of the Philippines.
His preliminary investigation was set on January 27 at 2 p.m.

The Presidential Anti-Organized Crime Commission (PAOCC) on Friday denied that Marcelino directly reported to Malacañang.

In a statement released to the media, PAOCC Executive Director Gen. Reginald Villasanta said that Marcelino was not authorized by their group to conduct
a drug operation.

“Lt. Col. Ferdinand Marcelino is not and has never been an operative detailed to the Presidential Anti-Organized Crime Commission,” Villasanta said.

“Our records likewise show that no ongoing PAOCC operations involve Lt. Col. Marcelino,” he added.

Villasanta issued the statement in reaction to reports that Marcelino, who served as director of PDEA’s Special Enforcement Service in the mid-2000s, claimed that he was on official business supposedly under Palace orders when arrested in an apartment in Sta. Cruz, Manila.

Marcelino, a Marine officer, denied his involvement with drug syndicates and illegal operations, saying that he was undertaking a “legitimate intelligence project” to “verify information.”

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  1. baluktot na pinoy on

    Lt. Col Marcelino will be on the first batch roster to be ship out if Duterte becomes the President. Destination: UNKNOWN.

  2. The old adage “Money is root of all Evils” is always true!!! Hopefully on Pnoy’s administration “Tuwid Daan” will not raise of the country’s status as the most corrupt countries in the world. Sarcasm inclined!!!!!!.

  3. way back in the 1980s I had the chance to visit the office of PDEA in camp crame. I was a civilian employee of the AFP at the time. The head, a certain colonel, was really nice, extremely nice, entertained us, and gave us some snacks. What caught m y attention with the guy was, out of his 10 fingers, 3 on the left and 3 on the right have huge diamond rings. Wow! Knowing how much they receive as salary and with a family to support, how was he able to procure such expensive jewelries? I had a relative one, who was corrupt and was exactly like this colonel, all fingers were studded with diamond rings. Unfortunately his glory days ended, and he came down like a rock, and died even homeless, living with one relative to another. Sometimes what goes around comes aroumd,. Maybe not in our lifetime but to the kids or the family. Is it worth it? Nahhhh! this is what is happening to marcelino. And….. there are others still in the business.

  4. marcilino is in the right place and right time, only he’s not with the raiding team..hope there’s no cover ups ..let the truth prevalils