NBI probe of bribery a ‘farce’

And a farce was exactly how the Marine who said “No” to many bribe attempts on him as an enforcer of the law on Tuesday described the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) exonerating a Justice undersecretary and four state prosecutors of bribery allegations.

The Marine officer, Maj. Ferdinand Marcelino of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), had accused officials and prosecutors of the Department of Justice (DOJ) of having been bribed with P50 million by the camp of the “Alabang Boys”—three young men from well-off families suspected of drug-trafficking—in exchange for the release of the three suspects.

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