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.