A word war between the Philippine National Police (PNP) and embattled Marine Lt. Col. Ferdinand Marcelino, a former drug buster for the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), continues to heat up even after the military officer was moved to the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) in Bicutan, Taguig City (Metro Manila).
Marcelino, a member of Philippine Military Academy (PMA) Class of 1994, was arrested along with a young Chinese after members of the PNP Anti-Illegal Drugs Group (AIDG) raided a clandestine shabu laboratory in Manila late last month.
The AIDG members were able to seize some P300 million worth of shabu (methamphetamine hydrochloride) after swooping down on a townhouse on Felix Huertas Street in Sampaloc, Manila, where Marcelino and the young Chinese–Yi Shou Yan alias “Randy”–were apprehended.
Marcelino, former head of the PDEA’s Special Enforcement Service (SES), alleged that the AIDG was out to destroy his reputation and credibility as a drug buster.
The PNP spokesman, Chief Supt. Wilben Mayor, on Tuesday advised that it would be prudent for the Marine officer to include that allegation in his defense.
A statement made by the spokesman for Marcelino, Maj. Vonne Villanueva, said the PNP-AIDG would like to make it appear that Marcelino is earning money from illegal drugs based on a bank deposit slip found inside a bag held by the former drug buster during the raid.
Mayor said Marcelino’s case is now with the Prosecutor’s Office and prosecutors will appreciate pieces of evidence that have been submitted by both parties.
“If the PNP-AIDG needs to present more [pieces of]evidence against Marcelino, we will just do it to strengthen the case that we have filed against [him],” Mayor told reporters in Camp Crame in Quezon City.