Marcelino denies being pressured to make “fabricated stories” against De Lima

Ferdinand Marcelino on Tuesday denied Senator Leila de Lima’s Claim that he was being pressured by the group of people to testify against her.

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“Akin pong categorically dine-deny na may nag-pressure or nananakot or nagcoerce sa akin from the side of the government upang magsalita ako laban [kay De Lima],” Marcelino said in a news conference.

According to Leila de Lima, in a press conference interview that she received two text messages from a common friend alleged coming from Marcelino.

The text messages said that Marcelino was being force to testify by some groups and make “fabricated stories” against her.

“I have no reason to doubt what was forwarded to me from Colonel Marcelino na iniipit siya para ituro whatever it is na ituturo nila sa akin,” De Lima said.

Marcelino said in his press conference that his relationship with De lima is purely professional. “I worked with her but not necessarily for her at napaka-professional ang pagtatrabaho naming nay un.”

”Ang relation naming ni Sen. De lima ay very professional. Nagtrabaho lang ako under sa DOJ. Wla po akong kinakampihan. Wala akong pinapanigan. Ang tanging dinadala ko lang ho ay yung aking nalalaman bse sa katotohanan,” he said.

“I did not know Sen. De Lima would disclose to the public my text messages to my mistah,” he added.

“I think he has to clarify that kung bakit iba na ang tono and then [cleared] ko nnaman yun sa mistah niya na pwede ko ba i-reveal. Nagtataka ako bakit ngayon, andyan na siya eh he’s supposed to be in hiding,” De Lima said.

De Lima admitted that he visited Marcelino one time at the PNP Custodial Center.

“Ni-request niya yun because nagreklamo siya na tumatagal yung kaso niya na at the meantime he is detained, so I visited him and then he gave me some records about his cases. Ang pakiusap niya is to resolve na ng DOJ,” she said.

“That’s all. That’s the nature of the help I extended to him noong binisita ko siya sa kulungan,” she added.

Source: GMA news

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