Yano tells Marcelino: Stay ‘on the side of the truth’
MANILA, Philippines — Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) chief of staff General Alexander Yano called to his office a Marine officer who exposed the alleged bribery in the so-called “Alabang Boys” case, advising him to stay “on the side of the truth,” the military’s spokesman said.
During a 15-minute meeting in Camp Aguinaldo, Yano also warned Major Ferdinand Marcelino, who is detailed to the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), against groups with “vested interest” that might take advantage of him, Lieutenant Colonel Ernesto Torres Jr., AFP public affairs office chief, said.
“The advice of the chief of staff [to Marcelino] is to always be on the side of the truth and preserve his moral courage…and lastly, to be wary of some groups with vested interest who may take advantage of the situation,” Torres said.
Marcelino had alleged that a “mistah,” or classmate in the 1994 Class of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA), offered him P3 million to drop charges against three alleged big-time drug traffickers from prominent families.
Torres said Yano was not taking sides on the bribery issue and was only helping out a soldier in a “difficult situation,” as the “father” of the Armed Forces.
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