Ex-narc walks free after DOJ drops drug raps

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Posted at May 18 2017 06:12 PM

Lt. Col. Ferdinand Marcelino greets Public Attorney's Office chief Persida Acosta upon his release from a military detention facility in Camp Aguinaldo. Photo by Bernie Mallari

MANILA- Former anti-drug agent Lt. Col. Ferdinand Marcelino was released from detention Thursday afternoon after the Department of Justice (DOJ) dropped drug charges against him and his Chinese asset Yan Yi Shou.

Wearing his military uniform, Marcelino was greeted by Public Attorney’s Office (PAO) chie Persida Acosta upon his release from his detention cell in Camp Aguinaldo.

Speaking to reporters following his release, Marcelino said he has not yet thought about filing counter-charges as he maintained that there was something wrong with his arrest in the first place.

"Hindi pa namin kino-consider sa ngayon (filing of charges). I still have to consult eh," he said.

THE DOJ dropped the P380-million drug charges it earlier filed against Marcelino and Yan, setting aside the resolution issued on September 2016 by Assistant State Prosecutor Alexander Suarez. 

The case against Marcelino and Yan stemmed from their arrest on January 21, 2016 in an alleged “shabu” facility, a townhouse at Celadon Residences in Sta. Cruz, Manila.

The two said they were undertaking an intelligence operation at the time. -with a report from Henry Atuelan, DZMM