DOJ reverses ruling on ex-PDEA agent Marcelino, files drug rap

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Marine officer Marcelino was nabbed during a dawn raid in Manila.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — Exactly three months after he was cleared of a drug charge, Marine Lt. Col. Ferdinand Marcelino now faces a case after the Department of Justice (DOJ) reversed its earlier decision and instead ruled that he was "guilty" and should be held for trial.

This developed after Asst. State Prosecutor Alexander Suarez reversed on Wednesday a June 21 ruling of Sr. Dep. State Prosecutor Theodore Villanueva, clearing Marcelino of any charges for "inefficiency of evidence."

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In the information filed before the Manila Regional Trial Court, Suarez said there's reasonable ground to believe that the offense charged had been committed.

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Marcelino, along with his Chinese companion Yan Yi Shou, are facing violation of the Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 after a drug raid in Manila last January 21.

The Marine officer, also a former top agent of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), cried "frame up" with the arrest — saying he was on an undercover mission when he was nabbed at the location where 60 kilos of shabu were seized.

Marcelino has been out on bail after posting a P1-million bond last June. The DOJ, however, is now pushing that no bail should be granted by the Manila court.

CNN Philippines' Anjo Alimario contributed to this report.