Philippine Army (PA) commander Lt. Gen. Eduardo Ano has vouched for the integrity of Marine Lt. Col. Ferdinand Marcelino who was arrested in a drug-bust in
which yielded Php320-million worth of shabu or methamphetamine hydrochloride on
In a statement forwarded by PA spokesperson Col. Benjamin Hao, the Army commander said he "can vouch for the integrity" of the apprehended Marine officer.
"I was his boss when I was Chief ISAFP (Intelligence Service Armed Forces of the
( Philippines ) Marcelino was my field
commander based in Laguna. He was very effective then and he was accomplishing
significant tasks. He even facilitated the capture of a key target during that
time," the PA Chief said. Lt. Col.
"Our official relationship ended when I left ISAFP on July 25, 2014 to command the Compostela Valley-based 10th Infantry Division," Ano added.
"After I left ISAFP, I learned that (Lt. Col.) Marcelino went on CGSC (Command and General Staff College) and continued giving information to ISAFP and the Army under the principle of information sharing which includes information about drug syndicates and other criminal groups," the PA commander said.
Ano added that he is aware of Marcelino's personal crusade and conviction to fight drug syndicates.