MARCELINO CAMP DENIES PROFITING FROM ILLEGAL DRUG TRADE

MARCELINO CAMP DENIES PROFITING FROM ILLEGAL DRUG TRADE

MANILA — The camp of beleaguered Marine Lt. Col. Ferdinand Marcelino, who was implicated in a Php320-million drug-bust in January, vehemently denied allegations that the former is profiting from the illegal drugs trade.

“My mistah, (Marcelino), categorically denies the insinuations by PNP-AIDG (Philippine National Police-Anti-Illegal Drugs Group) that he is profiting from illegal drugs trade,” retired Major Vonne Villanueva, spokesperson of the embattled Marine, said.

Mistah means classmate in Philippine Military Academy (PMA) parlance.

Marcelino is a member of the PMA Class of 1994.

He added that bank transactions that PNP-AIDG presented were meant to discredit Marcelino.

“The bank receipt and AFP (Armed Forces of the Philippines) passbooks were kept as part of his personal financial records and his confidential operational fund records when he was still with ISAFP (Intelligence Service of the AFP). I would not discuss the details in public due to its sensitive nature and the fact that they have not filed another case against him related to these bank deposits,” Villanueva stressed.

Marcelino and 33-year-old Chinese national Yan Yi Shou was arrested by Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency agents at Felix Huertas corner Batangas Streets in Sta. Cruz, Manila last Jan. 21.

Around 64 kilograms of “shabu” worth Php320 million were seized.

“Lt. Col. Marcelino is willing to sign a waiver for AMLC for the sake of transparency and in compliance with the law praying that his accusers will do the same,” he added. PNA/northboundasia.com