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Marcelino under ‘overwhelming threat or pressure’ to testify against me – De Lima

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Detained Senator Leila de Lima said Marine Lt. Col. Ferdinand Marcelino could be under intense pressure or threat to testify against her on the drug proliferation inside the national penitentiary.

De Lima made the statement amid reports that Marcelino has agreed to provide information that could pin her down further on the drug charges filed by the Department of Justice.

“I think Marcelino still has honor and whatever lies he is forced to tell are not easy for him to declare, if not for some overwhelming pressure or threat coming from the tyrant and his minions,” the senator said, obviously referring to President Rodrigo Duterte.

“This regime of the worst and the dumbest is already famous for turning men of integrity against their sworn duties and word of honor and making the stupidest and most incompetent ‘honorables’ with their titles and positions,” De Lima added.

She said she could attest to the credibility and integrity of Marcelino as an anti-drug operative, having worked with him in the past when she was still at the helm of the Department of Justice.

“He was probably one of the best among the government’s anti-narcotics agents. Several major drug busts that were carried out by the NBI (National Bureau of Investigation) under my supervision relied on information and advice given by Marcelino in the course of our inter-agency coordination,” she recalled.

“I am not sure about the kind of pressure being upon Marcelino now. Last year, he refused to testify against me in the House Bilibid drug trade hearings on account of the dishonour of bearing false witness against another innocent person. Almost one year is about to pass since then and I can only speculate as to the reasons behind his turnaround,” De Lima added.