MANILA—Philippine Army commander Lt. Gen. Eduardo Año on Tuesday confirmed beleaguered Marine Lt. Col. Ferdinand Marcelino was sharing information on illegal drug activities with the PA Intelligence and Security Group.
He added that this sharing of information is part of Marcelino’s crusade against illegal drugs which is also in line with the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP)’s efforts to identify military personnel taking narcotics or involved in drug-trafficking.
The project is known as “Oplan Moses” in the Intelligence Service of the Armed Forces of the Philippines and “Oplan Midas” in the AFP.
“Lt. Col. Marcelino, because of his extensive experience ( in the campaign against illegal drugs) shares information with us and other intelligence agencies from time to time,” Año said in Filipino.
The PA chief made the statement when asked about the certification the Army Intelligence and Security Group issued regarding Marcelino’s sharing of information against illegal drugs.
This was submitted by Marcelino’s legal counsel, Atty. Dennis Manalo, to the Department of Justice on Jan. 22.
Año is hopeful that this certification will show Marcelino’s personal crusade and convictions against the illegal narcotics trade.
However, the PA chief said he does not know on whether this will justify the latter’s presence in Felix Huertas corner Batangas Streets, Sta. Cruz, Manila on Jan. 21 where 64 kilograms or PHP320 million worth of shabu were seized.
Also arrested in the operation conducted by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) was 33-year-old Chinese national Yan Yi Shou.
“Those are legal matters, and investigations are being conducted by PDEA and other agencies, by this time they should have collaborating information that support the accusations against Marcelino,” he added.