Marcelino questions Aquino on ‘narco-politics’


MILITARY intelligence operative Lt. Col. Ferdinand Marcelino is taking former President Benigno Aquino 3rd to task over what he knew about the extent of “narco-politics” in the country during his administration.

Marcelino has executed an affidavit on his knowledge of the illegal drug trade as a former official of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), but was barred from speaking before the House justice committee on Thursday, with lawmakers claiming his testimony was not relevant to the inquiry.

What the lawmakers didn’t hear was Marcelino’s account of his discovery and dismantling of a clandestine shabu laboratory in Camiling, Tarlac in 2014, which he claims was the largest ever dismantled, with P3 billion in equipment and drugs seized.

In his six-page sworn affidavit dated September 25, a copy of which was obtained by The Manila Times, Marcelino wondered whether Aquino knew of the shabu laboratory in Tarlac, the former president’s home province.

He also pointed out that former PDEA chief Arturo Cacdac had served as Tarlac provincial police director.

“Is it possible that the syndicates already penetrated the highest political leadership in the country? Or do they simply want to embarrass our government when it will eventually be discovered?” he added.

He said the 2014 Tarlac operation was part of a special counter-intelligence project called “Enchanted Link,” tasked to gather information on illegal drug operations in the country.

While conducting a surveillance operation at the condo building on January 20, 2016, Marcelino said he and his “action agent” were nabbed by PDEA men and made to appear as drug suspects.

Marcelino was arrested in that operation and was detained at the PNP Custodial Center, where he said he was visited by de Lima at one time.

Marcelino said that during the visit, he and de Lima discussed the raid in Tarlac and the possibility of drug syndicates having influence over the national leadership.

Marcelino claimed de Lima immediately told him: “I can assure you the President is not involved.”

“I was stunned when she mentioned the president, when I did not state his name nor alluded to him at that time,” Marcelino said.

The Manila Times tried to reach the camps of former president Aquino and de Lima, but to no avail.
De Lima had claimed that Marcelino was being forced to testify against her, which the latter denied.

The DOJ earlier dropped drug charges against Marcelino but reversed itself in September.


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  1. Lumulusot ka pa MARCELINO…baka naman kalaban mo sa DRUG business yon naaresto sa Camiling, Tarlac. Lumang tugtigin na yan.

  2. Hindi naman nakakapagtaka kung involved si Panot Aquino sa droga, I still remember ng magsalita si Mar Roxas nuon kainitan ng campaign election, ng sabihin nya ” SA DAVAO SA MAKATI MARAMING DROGA DYAN AT ALAM KO KUNG SAAN MAKAKABILI, GUSTO NYO SAMAHAN KO PA KAYO” DILG Secretary si Roxas nuong panahon si Aquino ang Presidente at alam nya kung saan makakabili ng mga illegal na droga pero wala syang ginawa para hulihin o gibain ang mga drug lords at illegal drugs manufacturer… so hindi na nakakapagtaka na madulas si Delima na banggitin ang pangalan ni Aquino sa illegal drugs!

  3. Leodegardo Pruna on

    Synergy is defined by the example 1+ 1 = 3. De5 must have thought of this when she stated, as revealed by Col. Marcelino, “I can assure you the president is not involved.” The people will never understand why such a big laboratory was operating in Tarlac the home povince of the president. The fact that the operators were not afraid to do it may justify the fact that somebody big and powerful must be on the take and protecting it. De5 is surely like a fish caught in her own mouth. Let the truth come out and let those responsible for the mess made accountable for their selfish and dastardly act. God bless the Philippines.

  4. Naku po! Surveillance ba yon? Me sariling susi si Col Marcelino at yung kasama Nya Chinese Sa Condo at nahuli sila nasa loob ng Condo with the Shabu! Anong klaseng surveillance yan at kampanteng nakaupo Sa sala nung nahuli ng PDEA. Palusot pa! E yung sinabi Nya Na me hawak Sa kanya Sa Malacanang at hanggang ngayon tameme pa rin sya. Hanggang ngayon walang maipakitang mission order si Marcelino! Bago umupo si Pres Duterte e pinalaya Na, nakakapagtataka!

  5. It is written, “The truth shall set you free” John 8:32. You are Christ-like as you speak the truth, Gen. Marcelino. Mabuhay po kayo. It is also written, “A true witness delivereth souls: but a deceitful witness speaketh lies. Proverbs 14:25.
    Let’s all take pity on the 700,000 surrenderees; the 22,000 under investigation ….. all of them wronged by the 1,500 killed by the police. Two senators are too compassionate for the 1,500 killed. Feeling strongly, fighting uncompromisingly for these 1,500 criminals who destroyed the lives of 722,000 excluding those who in the past they had raped-murdered or rob-murdered. Let’s pity some 722,000 mothers who are pained the most, another 772,000 fathers, and how many more in the family.

  6. Is it possible the President made a mistake in appointing Cacdac then? We haven’t heard of any accomplishments by him in particular up to now. Maybe the previous plan to dismantle PDEA is better. I am sure people there are all tainted with drugs.