PN TO COOPERATE WITH PROBE ON MARINE OFFICER BAGGED IN PHP320-M DRUG BUST

MANILA — In wake of reports claiming that one of its Marine officers were nabbed by anti-narcotics agents during operations in Sta. Cruz, Manila along with a suspected Chinese drug dealer Thursday, the Philippine Navy (PN) said it is committing its full cooperation to any investigation.

“The PN does not condone any illegal activities of its members. If the person reported is indeed a member of the Navy and clearly in violation of our laws, it will cooperate actively in the implementation of the law,” PN spokesperson Col. Edgard Arevalo said in a message to the PNA.

The Marine officer arrested during the operation which yielded PHP320 million worth of shabu was identified as Lt. Col. Ferdinand Marcelino.

Also arrested in the raid was 33-year-old Yan Yi Shou. Both of them were apprehended by Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency agents at Felix Huertas corner Batangas Streets in Sta. Cruz, Manila.

“We have one Ferdinand Marcelino as among active Marine personnel. As of this time however, we are yet to receive a formal report of the incident or a notice to indicate that he is the same person allegedly apprehended in the raid. We only learned this incidents from news reports,” Arevalo stressed.

As of this time, the PN is not aware either of the circumstances of the arrest or if the person arrested and the one in our record are the same.

“Assuming that he is the same person, the Navy is not aware of the reason for his alleged presence in the location of the raid. What the Navy knows is that Lt. Col. Ferdinand Marcelino in our list has just assumed his post Jan. 18, 2016 as Superintendent of the Navy Officer Candidate School stationed at the Naval Education and Training Command in Zambales,” the PN spokesperson disclosed. Priam Nepomuceno / PNA / northboundasia.com