DOJ mulls in­clu­sion of Marcelino as wit­ness vs. De Lima

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Jus­tice Sec­re­tary Vi­tal­iano Aguirre II on Fri­day said the gov­ern­ment might in­clude Marine Lieu­tenant Colonel Fer­di­nand Marcelino as among the wit­nesses that will so­lid­ify the case against Se­na­tor Leila de Lima re­gard­ing the se­na­tor’s pend­ing cases be­fore the Muntinlupa Re­gional Trial Courts.

Marcelino was re­cently re­leased from de­ten­tion af­ter the Depart­ment of Jus­tice (DOJ) with­drew the il­le­gal drug case filed against him and his Chi­nese com­pan­ion Yan Yi Shou.

Marcelino’s lawyer, Pub­lic At­tor­neys’ Of­fice (PAO) Chief Per­sida Rueda Acosta, ear­lier said that Marcelino is will­ing to tes­tify against De Lima.

“Any­time sabi niya he can tes­tify. Pero kung ano ang ite- tes­tify niya, hindi natin alam. Aban­gan na lang natin ang mangya­yari if the gov­ern­ment will utilize him in the Bili­bid drug case,” Acosta said.

De Lima is fac­ing three counts of drug-re­lated cases re­lated to vi­o­la­tions of sec­tions in the Com­pre­hen­sive Danger­ous Drugs Act of 2002. The cases have been raf­fled off to three dif­fer­ent branches of the Muntinlupa Re­gional Trial Court.

Aguirre said Marcelino can tes­tify about his con­ver­sa­tion with De Lima when she vis­ited him in jail, as well as why the po­lice and the Philip­pine Drug En­force­ment Agency (PDEA) had been left out in the raid car­ried out at the New Bili­bid Prison (NBP)./

CI­MATU

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