Court refuses bail for 'Alabang Boys'

Posted at 10/05/2010 6:18 PM

MANILA, Philippines - The Muntinlupa City Regional Trial Court refused to grant bail for 2 of the so-called Alabang Boys caught in a buy-bust operation in late 2009.

Muntinlupa fiscal Agripino Baybay said the court found the prosecution’s evidence strong enough to disprove the innocence of the so-called Alabang Boys.

Richard Santos Brodett, Joseph Ramirez Tecson and Jorge Jordan Joseph are facing criminal charges for violating section 5, in relation to section 26 (b) of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 or Republic Act 9165.

Brodett and Joseph filed their respective motions for bail.

The case of the Alabang Boys caught the interest of the country following accusations of bribery within the Department of Justice (DOJ).

The Philippine Drug and Enforcement Agency (PDEA) had claimed that a P50 million bribe was paid by some individuals for the release of the 3 suspects from detention.

The case against the 3 was dismissed by the prosecutors on Dec. 2, 2009 for lack of probable cause.

This same controversy prompted Malacañang to create an independent panel to determine those involved in the alleged bribery scandal.

It then overturned the prosecutor's findings and ordered the DOJ to file the necessary charges against the Alabang Boys.