De Lima not surprised by Marcelino’s release, fears of conspiracy

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MANILA, Philippines  –  Senator Leila De Lima believes there is conspiracy at work in the recent release of former Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) top agent Lt. Col. Ferdinand Marcelino, and it may have something to do with the charges she’s facing.

In another handwritten dispatch shared on her Facebook page, De Lima said she perceives Marcelino as a very reliable and efficient anti-drug operative and was probably one of the best among PDEA’s agents.

However, as soon as Marcelino was a******d — ironically for the same crime he was so good at fighting — he was pressured into allegedly testifying against her, which he refused.

“I am not sure about the kind of pressure bearing upon Marcelino now. Last year, he refused to testify against me in the House Bilibid drug trade hearings, on account of the dishonor of bearing false witness against another innocent person,” wrote De Lima.

 “Almost one year is about to pass since then, and I can only speculate as to the reasons behind his turnaround,” she added.

In an interview with reporters on Friday, De Lima reiterated her concerns against her critics’ plot to use Marcelino against her.

“Isn’t it obvious? I need not say it, it’s too obvious. And it’s too brazen,” the detained lawmaker stressed. “That’s so brazen. After the dismissal of the case against him, he will now testify against me? So, do I have to explain that? Do I have to say it?”