Palace denies Marine nabbed in shabu lab

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THE Presidential Anti-Organized Crime Commission (PAOCC) on Friday denied that Lt. Col. Ferdinand Marcelino, a former director of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), who was  arrested in a drug raid on Thursday, directly reports to Malacañang.

In a statement released to the media, PAOCC Executive Director Gen. Reginald Villasanta said 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 declared.

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


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 conducting official business supposedly under Malacanang  orders when he was nabbed by authorities in a shabu (methamphetamine hydrochloride) laboratory  in Santa Cruz, Manila.

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

He was arrested on Thursday together with a Chinese identified as Yan Yi Shou during the raid by anti-illegal drug operatives.

Seized from them were 64 kilos of suspected shabu.

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  1. asungot na pinoy on

    It is nice to know that Lt. Col. Marcelino doesn’t have political connections at the Palace. The AFP and the NAVY disowned him as well and so many people are curious kung papaano magpalusot and kanyang Defense Lawyer. The truth should come out during the criminal trial and the government should stay away from the trial court in Makati because some judges at the RTC Makati can do miracle things if the price is right.

    Lt. Col. Marcelino should request that his trial to be expedited, and be send to the NBP at the earliest possible date while no death penalty for big time drug lord, as of yet. It will also to his own advantage, because he can resume cooking SHABU at the NBP.