Marcelino: PDEA chief behind my arrest

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Former PDEA Ferdinand Marcelino was brought to the Department of Justice (DOJ) on January 22 from his detaining facility for his inquest on charges of manufacturing and possession of illegal drugs.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) His arrest and detention was "borne solely by Director General Cacdac."

This is what Colonel Ferdinand Marcelino wrote in his counter-affidavit in an attempt to clear his name.

Marcelino said Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) chief Arturo Cacdac "has been historically irate" at his continued involvement in the government's anti-drug campaign.

He added, Cacdac's animosity towards him is known in the PDEA.

Marcelino narrated that when Cacdac arrived in the shabu laboratory the PDEA chief ordered his men to arrest him.

Also read: Former PDEA agent busted in early morning drug raid

He said he tried to explain to Cacdac that he was just conducting a verification and that there was prior coordination with PDEA Director Randy Pedroso.

Cacdac, however, refused to listen.

But the Philippine National Police (PNP) Anti-Illegal Drugs Group denied Cacdac's involvement in Marcelino's arrest.

Also read: No proof ex-PDEA official on legitimate operations during drug raid — PNP

Marcelino asked for three things during the hearing.

First, for him to be transferred to the PNP Custodial Center or the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI). Second, that his personal belongings be returned. And lastly, for him to post bail pending the preliminary investigation.

The first and second requests have been partially granted. As for the third, the PNP has yet to comment on the request to post bail.

The next hearing is set on February 3 (Wednesday). The PNP is expected to respond to Marcelino's statements. But he said he will go on hunger strike until he regains his freedom.