Charges underway vs. Marcelio, Yan Yi Shou protectors

admin   •   September 23, 2016   •   2820

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“Whoever is found involved in this particular case will surely face appropriate charges. We will also be really careful in gathering evidence because who you will face here is not an ordinary individual, but a high-profile one,” warns PNP Anti-Illegal Drugs Group Director P/SSupt. Albert Ferro.

Ferro says, whoever is the protector of Lt. Col. Ferdinand Marcelino will face charges should he or she be proven involved in the former official’s illegal transactions.

This, after issues that Marcelino was getting proctection from certain influential personalities that’s why his previous case was dismissed.

Following Marcelino’s arrest and detention at the PNP Custodial Center, his former boss, General Dionisio Santigo, tried to visit him but was not allowed to do so.

Based on jail rules, a visitor cannot visit a detainee if the visitor is not on the list submitted by the prisoner.

But on March 27, Easter Sunday at 4 in the afternoon, then Justice Secretary Leila De Lima was allowed to enter Marcelino’s detention cell to talk to him.

“At about 4:05 p.m., Secretary De Lima arrived at the PNPCC and left at about 5:15 p.m. So, almost one hour and 10 minutes. That’s her stay there,” Ferro stated.

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Currently, the PNP-AIDG is thoroughly investigating the conversation that took place between De Lima and Marcelino during the said visit.

This is to determine the connection between the two and the others who should face charges in connection with the illegal drug activities of Marcelino. — Lea Ylagan | UNTV News & Rescue

Military general under investigation for allegedly protecting the Parojinog family

admin   •   August 9, 2017

MANILA, Philippines — The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) assured the public it will not condone anomalous activities of any of its members.

AFP is now conducting its own investigation on reported information from the Philippine National Police (PNP) that a military general is protecting the beleaguered Parojinog family.

AFP-Public Affairs Office chief Col. Edgard Arevalo said they are investigating the allegation, although they believe none of their members are involved in illegal drugs.

The military also seeks to determine the identity of the alleged narco general to ensure whether or not the official is already retired.

“Gen. Año, our chief of staff, immediately ordered the investigation upon learning this information,” said Col. Arevalo. “If this alleged general is already retired, we would have no control over that. But we are still conducting validation and information check if there are among our active members who are involved in illegal drugs.”

Should the information be true, the AFP vowed not to tolerate the general and would immediately file charges and relieve the officer from duty.

“The AFP will not allow anyone among our ranks to be involved in illegal drugs. Once we confirm that a member is dependent on illegal drugs, he will go through the process or summary dismissal proceedings, the AFP will not tolerate this,” said Arevalo. — Lea Ylagan | UNTV News & Rescue

DOJ junks drug case against Marcelino, Chinese asset

UNTV News   •   May 19, 2017

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MANILA — The Department of Justice (DOJ) has cleared LTC. Ferdinand Marcelino and Chinese asset Yan Yi Shou of drug charges.

The two were arrested in an alleged clandestine shabu laboratory in Manila last January 2016 where authorities recovered over 70 kilos of shabu worth 380 million pesos.

In May last year, the DOJ issued a resolution clearing Marcelino and Yan due to insufficiency of evidence.

It was reversed in September and the two were indicted before the Manila Regional Trial Court.

But in a resolution on Wednesday, the DOJ affirmed its original ruling and withdrew the charges against Marcelino.

It said that Marcelino and Yan were able to prove that they don’t have control over the premises and they only went there to verify an information that there were illegal drugs inside.

The DOJ used the certification issued by Intelligence Service, Armed Forces of the Philippines Chief B/Gen. Ronald Villanueva that Marcelino was tasked to conduct anti-drugs operations.

The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) also certified that Marcelino is part of and was instrumental in several successful anti-illegal drugs operations.

The Public Attorney’s Office (PAO) said Marcelino was framed.

“It’s difficult [to name names] but you can deduce from the incident that it was indeed a set-up. The evidence was planted,” PAO Chief Atty. Persida Acosta said.

Acosta further said Marcelino is willing to testify against Sen. Leila De Lima on the alleged Bilibid drug trade.

“He said anytime he can testify. But his testimony would be, I don’t know, it’s up to him,” PAO Chief Atty. Persida Acosta said. — Roderic Mendoza | UNTV News & Rescue

PNP-AIDG, other anti-illegal drugs units now disbanded

admin   •   January 31, 2017

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QUEZON CITY, Philippines — “I am already tired, I am very much ashamed, I am very much embarrassed, I am very much disappointed, I am run out of reason for my continued stay as your chief PNP.”

PNP Chief Ronald Dela Rosa has submitted anew his resignation letter to President Rodrigo Duterte to, in his own words, save the image of the country’s police force.

But instead of accepting his resignation, the President ordered the disbandment of all anti-illegal drug units of the PNP from station level to the anti-illegal drugs group that focuses on high-value illegal drug personality targets, mainly because of involvement of some of its members in illegal activities particularly in the kidnap-slay case of Korean businessman Jee Ick Joo.

“We cannot operate anymore on anti-drugs. No more drug anti-drug operation, we have to focus on internal cleansing…That is why starting today, I have dissolve the anti-illegal drugs group, all anti-illegal drug unit from the national to the station level,” said PNP Chief PDG Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa.

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Among the achievements of the AIDG were the operation in Claveria, Cagayan, floating shabu lab in Subic, the arrest of illegal drug supplier to showbiz personalities and the arrest of Kerwin Espinosa.

AIDG Director PSSupt. Albert Ferro said he respects the decision and directive of the President and the PNP Chief.

“This is the order of our Commander-in-Chief and we will support the CPNP… Everything is possible, the President knows how to handle this so we will follow him,” said AIDG Director PSSupt. Albert Ferro.

Ferro said they are now conducting an inventory of all their equipment as well as cases they are handling.

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He added that they are also now preparing for the filing of an urgent motion for the issuance of a commitment order for the seven detainees currently under their custody.

He also said that General Bato’s only regret on suspending the Oplan Double Barrel and Project Tokhang is being able to add up to the 70% success that they have already achieved in their fight against illegal drugs through these projects.

Dela Rosa, however, noted that it’s more important now to cleanse their ranks.

The general further said that although he’s leaving all the police force’s operation against illegal drug up to PDEA, PNP’s fight against criminality continues.

The 350 remaining personnel of the disbanded AIDG who have clean records were already being accounted for by the directorate for personnel records and management.

They were also told to signify to what police unit they intend to be transferred to. — LEA YLAGAN / UNTV News & Rescue

 

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