PDEA hails SC on its decision vs. ‘Alabang Boys’

April 21, 2010 8:09 pm 

MANILA, April 21 -– The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) on Wednesday hailed the Supreme Court (SC) on its ruling upholding the Court of Appeals (CA) decision dismissing the petition for the Writ of Habeas Corpus filed by the so-called "Alabang Boys" Joseph Ramirez Tecson, Richard Santos Brodett, and Jorge Jordana Joseph.

PDEA Director General/Senior Undersecretary Dionisio R. Santiago expressed gratitude to the SC's First Division for the favorable judgment.

It can be recalled that the Special Thirteenth Division of the Court of Appeals, in a decision dated January 30, 2009, ruled in favor of the continued detention of the Alabang Boys, pending the automatic review of the drug trafficking charges by the Secretary of Justice.

Lawyers from the Office of the Solicitor General represented PDEA in the CA proceedings held on January 21 and 27, 2009.

The PDEA chief expressed optimism that the recent ruling of the highest court in the land "brings a brighter ray of hope that the drug trafficking charges against the Alabang Boys, pending in separate Regional Trial Courts, will attain finality in favor of the national anti-drug campaign." (PNA) scs/JCA


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