Among the revelations to emerge from the hearing came at the end in the form of information that the defense lawyer, a certain Atty. Felixberto Verano, was the professor of the chief investigating prosecutor Rizado at the FEU Law School--and that the Resolution dismissing the case may have been written by the professor and not the student.
This should be an interesting hearing tomorrow when the irascible administration attack dog, Justice Secretary Raul Gonzalez, appears to explain why his Department looks like it is rotten from head to toe, why indeed all the little drug cases get prosecuted but the big fish all seem to get away.
Let it be said that in a way Major Marcelino is another J-Lo--another whistleblower who has suddenly become a vulnerable target for the sub rosa operations of a Mike Defensor, a Mike Arroyo, a Ronnie Puno.
I hope the Congress ends up finally passing a proper Whistleblower Protection Law to aid, abet and safeguard these modern day law-enforcement heroes.
Major Marcelino is a graduate of the Philippine Military Academy and is commissioned as a Marine officer.
Pat Mangubat covers this story for Filipino Voices in The Truth About Alabang Druggies.