MANILA — Arrested Philippine Navy Lt. Col Ferdinand Marcelino and his Chinese cohort on Friday were transferred to the facility of the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) in Camp Bagong Diwa, Bicutan, Taguig City.
Marcelino, who is former official of the PDEA Special Enforcement Services office and Yan Yi Shou, 33, a Chinese national, who also worked for PDEA as an interpreter arrived at the BJMP around 2:30 p.m. escorted by the Philippine National Police Anti-illegal Drugs Group (PNP-AIDG).
According to PNP-AIDG Chief Senior Supt. Antonio Gardiola, Marcelino’s transfer was based on the memorandum of agreement signed between the AIDG and BJMP.
Gardiola said the MOA provided that though the suspect was still in the custody of the apprehending officer, the transfer could still take place.
Under BJMP’s custody, Gardiola assures Marcelino’s safety have enough officers to guard him.
Marcelino was first detained inside the AIDG headquarters in Camp Crame, Quezon City
Marcelino was arrested during a raid in Manila last week with a Chinese national carrying a Php 320-million worth of methamphetamine hydrochloride or “shabu.”
The suspect was charged with violation of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drug Act of 2002.
Marcelino denied involvement in the drug trafficking and attested that he was conducting an intelligence operation the same day.
Earlier, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) chief Director General Arturo Cacdac Jr. denied that the agency had rift with the arrested Philippine Navy Lt. Col. Ferdinand Marcelino.
Cacdac said that he was saddened when an issue came out that there was a clash between him and Marcelino who even once fought against illegal drugs.
Furthermore, he said that he did not have any idea why he was being asked regarding the arrest of Marcelino.
Cacdac said that Marcelino must face the law and explain why he was inside the mini-laboratory where the raid happened. Kimberly Gonzales Dionela/PNA/northboundasia.com