• Lt. Col. Marcelino, an ex-PDEA official, was allowed by court to post bail
• He walked out of the PNP Custodial Facility in Camp Crame after posting P93,000 bail
• He said he is willing to go back to jail if his former colleagues in the PDEA could prove he gained money from anti-narcotics operations in the past
Lt. Col. Ferdinand Marcelino gained temporary liberty after a Quezon City court allowed him to post bail on illegal drugs case filed against him.
Judge Lyn Ebora Cacha of the Quezon City Regional Trial Court said there was not enough evidence to deny Marcelino’s request for bail.
“The circumstances presented by the prosecution lack the strength needed to show that the state has the right to completely deprive petitioner Marcelino of his provisional liberty pending hearing of the case once it is filed,.” the judge said in a resolution.
Marcelino is a former director of the Special Enforcement Services of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) who was nabbed, along with a Chinese national named Yan Yi Shou, by operatives from the Philippine National Police (PNP) Anti-Illegal Drugs Group and PDEA inside a clandestine shabu laboratory in Sta. Cruz, Manila on January 21, 2016.
He walked out of the PNP Custodial Center in Camp Crame on Friday night, June 3, after relatives posted his P93,000 bail at the Quezon City Hall of Justice.
As quoted by the Inquirer, Marcelino said the case against him is weak.
“I am happy some of the truth has come out. You can see in the court resolution what has been proven. I am hoping and praying that would also come out in the DOJ and that it will dismiss my case. They really have no strong case against me. And I am really innocent,” Marcelino said.
Facing the media, Marcelino addressed his former colleagues in PDEA and said if anyone of them could prove he gained money from past anti-narcotics operations, he would gladly go back to jail.