MARINE Lt. Col Ferdinand Marcelino is hoping to be retained at the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) detention center for his own safety, said the Public Attorney’s Office (PAO) which is awaiting the court’s decision on its motion to allow the AFP’s continued custody of Marcelino.
Marcelino, who insisted that he was framed up, has received threats on his life reportedly from influential drug syndicates who want him rubbed out.
It has been pointed out that the AFP is in the best position to help one of its members especially since Marcelino’s case involves national security and interest with the government’s serious war against drugs at stake.
Earlier, the Department of Justice, through Assistant State Prosecutor Alexander Suarez, had asked the court to transfer Marcelino to the Manila City Jail annex facility in Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig.
This developed as Manila Regional Trial Court branch 49 ordered Marcelino to produce more evidence to prove that he was indeed on “covert operations” when he was nabbed during a police drug operation in Sta. Cruz, Manila last January 21.
Presiding judge Daniel Villanueva did not issue a decision on the motion for reconsideration filed by Marcelino for his case, and instead ordered the Public Attorney’s Office (PAO), which represents Marcelino, to produce new documents that will prove the legitimacy of Marcelino’s claim.
Chief Public Attorney Dr. Persida V. Rueda Acosta said that they have already presented a number of certifications from the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, National Bureau of Investigation, and Intelligence Service of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (ISAFP) that Marcelino was carrying out a “continuing order” to gather intelligence information to help capture drug syndicates in the country.
Acosta said that during covert operations are usually not written down but the ISAFP, AFP and NBI know about the operations.
Judge Villanueva is set to rule on January 24 whether to grant or deny Marcelino’s motion.