The curious case of Lt. Col. Marcelino

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(File photo) Former PDEA Chief official Lt. Col. Ferdinand Marcelino claims his arrest and detention was "borne solely by Director General Cacdac", who "has been historically irate" at his continued involvement in the government's anti-drug campaign.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — In June, Lieutenant Colonel Ferdinand Marcelino walked free after spending months in detention and staging a hunger strike for weeks.

He was charged with violating the illegal drugs act after he was arrested in a raid at a suspected drug lab.

Read: Former PDEA agent busted in early morning drug raid

But the Justice Department cleared him of any wrongdoing.

In that resolution, Senior Deputy State Prosecutor Theodore Villanueva dismissed the case for "insufficiency of evidence."

He ruled that the PNP and PDEA's allegation of drug possession against Marcelino and his Chinese companion, Yan Yi Shou was only based on a presumption.

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But, the PNP and PDEA appealed the decision, and just last week, the DOJ slapped Marcelino with drug possession.

The Suarez ruling

Assistant State Prosecutor Alexander Suarez points out, the complainants and respondents have contrasting version as to what actually happened during the arrest.

But he says more weight was given to the side of PNP and PDEA.

He says Marcelino's claim that they were merely verifying information about the drug lab, is better ventilated during trial.

Marcelino's case is one of the resolutions Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre put on hold for review.

De Lima and Marcelino connection

And now, Senator Leila De Lima, is claiming the former drug buster's case is connected to her.

"A message I got from Lt. Col. Marcelino... Di ko pa din mapuntahan si Senator LD obviously referring to me Leila de Lima. Kasi ginagawan kami ng mga fabricated stories. There are also some groups who are trying to convince me to speak against her. But rest assured na hindi ako pagagamit sa kanila mistah," De Lima says.

On September 5, De Lima revealed Marcelino texted her saying "pressures against him are mounting" and his case would be reopened.

"Out of reach by anyone ngayon siya apparently because siguro nalaman niya ito na mag iissue na sila ng warrants of arrest."

In a text message, Aguirre denies having a hand on the reversed resolution.

The lower court has yet to issue an arrest warrant against Marcelino.