MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Justice (DOJ) has withdrawn the illegal drugs charges it filed against former Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) agent Lt. Col. Ferdinand Marcelino and his Chinese companion Yan Yi Shou.
In its motion, the DOJ junked its own indictment last May 2016 charging Marcelino ang Yan in the alleged P380-M manufacture of illegal drugs. The couple were arrested in January 2016 inside an apartment in Manila.
The DOJ said it did not find sufficient evidence that the two were in possession of drugs at the time of their arrest.
Upon receipt of the DOJ motion, the Manila Regional Trial Court Branch 49 ordered the release of Marcelino and Yan.
“Finding the Motion to Withdraw Information under the date of 18 May 2017 to be impressed with merit, for the reason stated therein, in the interest of justice and exercise of sound discretion the same is granted,” read the court order.
“Accordingly, as prayed for, the Information for violation of [the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act]…filed against herein accused is hereby withdrawn. The warden is hereby ordered to release immediately the accused Lt. Col. Ferdinand L. Marcelino and Yan Yi Shou,” it said.
On Thursday, Marcelino was freed from the Manila prison and thanked Public Attorney’s Office chief Persida Acosta for working hard for his release.
“I’m very happy because finally I have achieved justice. I don’t know how to thank those people who continued to trust me and give their support. It’s not easy being in jail,” he said.
He also thanked the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and its chief of staff, Gen. Eduardo Año, for their support.