MANILA, Philippines (UPDATE) – A Muntinlupa Trial Court judge on Friday acquitted Richard Brodett and Jorge Joseph, two of the controversial “Alabang Boys”, of violating the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002. Judge Juanita T. Guerrero of Muntinlupa Regional Trial Court Branch 204 issued the verdict Friday morning.
In her decision, the judge said the prosecution failed to establish the links in the chain of custody of drugs taken from Brodett and Joseph during their arrest nearly 3 years ago.
The judge also pointed out inconsistencies in the testimony of the prosecution witness.
Brodett and Joseph, both members of prominent families, were arrested by elements of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency Special Enforcement Service in Ayala Alabang, Muntinlupa on September 20, 2008 after several buy-bust operations.
Joseph Tecson was also arrested in a follow-up operation conducted in Quezon City.
Authorities recovered 60 tablets of ecstasy, cocaine and marijuana from the three.
Report from Jorge Cariño, ABS-CBN News