By Marvin Sy
The Philippine Star
MalacaÃ±ang ordered yesterday the filing of charges against the â€œAlabang Boys
â€ and the prosecutors who handled the controversial drug case.
Press Secretary Cerge Remonde said President Arroyo has ordered the filing of criminal charges against Jorge Joseph, Joseph Tecson, and Richard Brodett, otherwise known as the Alabang Boys.
Mrs. Arroyo overturned the Department of Justice (DOJ) resolution dropping the charges against the suspects based on the recommendation of state prosecutors.
â€œConsequently, the Secretary of Justice is ordered to immediately file the necessary criminal information against the said respondents in the appropriate court,â€ Remonde said.
He said Mrs. Arroyo has tasked the Presidential Anti-Graft Commission (PAGC) to file administrative charges against the state prosecutors who recommended the dismissal.
Two of the state prosecutors implicated in the charges â€“ Chief State Prosecutor Jovencito ZuÃ±o and Senior State Prosecutor Philip Kimpo â€“ have denied they were negligent in handling the drug case.