The Department of Justice (DOJ) has dismissed the criminal complaint against a Marine officer who was linked to illegal drugs after he was arrested in a police buy-bust operation in January.
Colonel Ferdinand Marcelino’s informant and asset, Chinese national Yan Yi Shou, was also cleared.
The colonel was arrested by officers of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) and the Anti-Illegal Drugs Group of the Philippine National Police (PNP-AIDG) on January 21 in a buy-bust operation at a townhouse in Sta. Cruz, Manila.
Marcelino was accused of violating Sections 11 and 26 of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act. It refers to the manufacture, possession, and conspiracy in the production of illegal drugs.
Marcelino was also faced with a complaint for violating the gun ban after he was caught with a weapon that did not have the required documents.
In the DOJ’s resolution, Senior Deputy State Prosecutor Theodore Villanueva said that the department did not find probable cause in the complaint against Marcelino.
Another excerpt of the resolution said that Marcelino and Yan Yi Shou were nowhere to be found when the search warrant against them was issued at the Sta. Cruz townhouse. The search warrant also bore the names Lo Chi, Atong Lee, and one named Chu.
Because of this, the DOJ said that Marcelino was able to support his testimony that he went to the townhouse after acquiring information about the buy-bust operation that was about to happen.