Bolante out, Alabang boys in
Manila, Philippines –
The Bolante/fertilizer scam investigation have taken a backseat as the “Alabang boys” (or Alabang adults as others would politically put it) drug issue has grabbed the limelight. It is the most celebrated news at the moment as it involves three men from affluent families namely Richard Brodett, Richard Tecson, and Jorge Joseph who were allegedly caught in a buy-bust operation by agents of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA).
The case became very controversial as several issues emerged during the course of the investigation. First is the alleged bribery attempt to PDEA agents and/or state prosecutors. Second is the parents’ wrath against the alleged physical abuse inflicted on their son/s. Third is the excessive enthusiasm of defense counsel Felisberto Verano to draft the release order to be signed by Justice Seceretary even using official DOJ letterhead and coursing it through the office of Ateneo law classmate and fraternity brother Justice Undersecretary Ricardo Blancaflor. Fourth is the seeming friction between government agencies PDEA and DOJ. These are just some of the reasons that make this issue very interesting.
The Lower House is already conducting its probe of the issue. With the 2010 elections just around the corner, much of our beloved congressmen would definitely want a share of the media mileage. Thus, expect to gain a myriad of information from various groups involved but don’t be too optimistic that heads will roll anytime soon. As they say, it’s simply in aid of grandstanding err legislation and not of prosecution.