MANILA — Marine Lt. Col. Ferdinand L. Marcelino sees personal grudge of Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Director General Arturo Cacdac motivated his arrest and detention.

Marcelino why he was arrested and detained when he was encountered by operatives of the PDEA operatives and the Philippine National Police-Anti Illegal Drugs Group (PNP-AIDG) nabbed Marcelino in a drug-bust operation in Sta. Cruz, Manila, where more than Php 300-million worth of “shabu” were seized last Jan. 21.

Marcelino, in his counter-affidavit submitted to the Department of Justice (DOJ) on Tuesday, asked for the dismissal of the complaint of illegal drugs possession, manufacturing and conspiracy to manufacture illegal drugs filed against him.

In his counter-affidavit, Marcelino argued that it was known at the PDEA that Cacdac was “irritated” on him because of his continuous participation in the campaign of the government against illegal drugs.

He said that he could not understand why it was the kind of treatment of Cacdac on him despite his contribution in the anti-drugs campaign.

Marcelino added that there was no sufficient basis for the complaint against him to be filed in court since the case merely stemmed from the “misunderstanding” of the operatives who arrested him about what really happened when the PDEA and PNP-AIDG encountered him in their operation.

He also filed a motion before the DOJ seeking the return of his personal belongings, which were confiscated by the authorities during the conduct of the raid.

According to Atty. Dennis Manalo, legal counsel of Marcelino, one of the personal belongings that should be returned to Marcelino is the Php 86,000, which was taken from him, in the sense that it was supposed to be used to defray the cost of treatment of his wife.

Marcelino also submitted the verification of non-forum shopping.

He said that from Tuesday, he would start a “hunger strike” until he is released from detention. PNA/