INTELLIGENCE officer Marine Lieutenant Colonel Ferdinand Marcelino is willing to testify against former Justice Secretary and detained Sen. Leila De Lima on the drug charges filed against her by the Department of Justice.
This was bared by Public Attorney’s Office (PAO) chief Persida Acosta, Marcelino’s legal counsel.
“Anytime sabi niya he can testify. Pero kung ano ang itetestify niya, hindi natin alam. Abangan na lang natin ang mangyayari if the government will utilize him in the Bilibid drug case,” Acosta told reporters during a press conference where she announced the DoJ had junked the drug charges against Marcelino and his Chinese companion Yan Shou.
Earlier, Marcelino agreed to testify in the Congressional inquiry into the drug proliferation inside the national penitentiary and against De Lima but Congress has decided to forego with his testimony and decided to refer the matter to the House Committee on Public Safety.
De Lima, now detained at the PNP custodial center, argued that the allegations against her do not actually constitute sale and trading of illegal drugs and liability of government officials under Republic Act 9165 (Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act), but rather only direct bribery.
Separate cases for three counts of drug trafficking were filed against De Lima before the Muntinlupa RTC which were assigned to three different courts.
The cases for sale and trading of illegal drugs and liability of government officials under Republic Act 9165 (Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act) were assigned to RTC Branch 204 Judge Juanita Guerrero, Branch 205 Judge Amelia Fabros-Corpuz and Branch 206 Judge Patria Manalastas-De Leon. Hector Lawas