MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) expects the court to convict Richard Brodett and Jorge Joseph, two of the controversial “Alabang Boys”, for violating the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.

The promulgation of the case is scheduled on Friday, August 26.

In a press statement, PDEA Director General Undersecretary Jose S. Gutierrez, Jr. said there is enough evidence to prove that 2 of the “Alabang Boys” are guilty.

“The PDEA is counting on a guilty verdict for Brodett and Joseph on Friday,” Gutierrez said.

Gutierrez said there have been rumors that the family of the Alabang Boys have attempted to influence the decision of the court. However, Gutierrez said he is counting that the presiding judge, Juanita T. Guerrero of Muntinlupa RTC Branch 204, will consider the incriminating evidence presented against Brodett and Joseph.

Brodett and Joseph, both members of prominent families, were arrested by elements of the PDEA 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 3.
Posted at 07/11/2011 11:33 AM | Updated as of 07/11/2011 11:33 AM


MANILA, Philippines – A police officer died following an encounter with armed men in Alabang, Muntinlupa on Sunday night.

The victim, identified as PO1 Alvin Ammak, sustained a gunshot in the chest after exchanging fires with two armed men at Montillano Footbridge in Alabang.

Initial report said Ammak came to the rescue of another victim, Lancelot Padlia, who was shot in the face by the suspects. Padlia is now in stable condition.

According to a witness, Padlia had a heated argument with some of his drinking buddies at a videoke bar.

Doctors tried to revive Ammak for 45 minutes but he did not survive.

Police are still investigating the real motive behind the killing. – report from Dominic Almelor, ABS-CBN News

By Tetch Torres

First Posted 17:06:00 04/25/2011

MANILA, Philippines—The Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET) allowed the Commission on Elections to (Comelec) to copy the compact flash (CF) cards used in the May 10, 2010 national and local elections for purposes of producing ballot images in case a recount is necessary in election protest.

In a two-page resolution, the high court sitting as PET granted the request of Comelec Commissioner Rene Sarmiento, the one who asked the authority to copy the CF cards.

Sarmiento made the request because the CF cards are now in the authority of PET in view of the election protest filed by defeated Vice-Presidential bet Mar Roxas against Vice-President Jejomar Binay. ”

The tribunal resolve to authorize the First Division Comelec to copy the CF cards used in the May 10, 2010 National and Local Elections in 5 election protest cases for purposes of producing the ballot images if need be,” the high court said.

Aside from Roxas’ election protest, these pending election protests include Antonio Gatuslao vs. Agustin Bascon (Himamaylan City, Negros Occidental; Pancrasio Nisce vs. Hermenigildo Gualberto (San Fernando City, La Union; Jaime Fresnedi vs. Aldrin San Pedro (Muntinlupa City); Marissa Rongavilla vs. Artemio Simundac (Vice Mayoral, Muntinlupa City) and Ferdinand Dysico vs. Jose Felimon (San Jose City, Nueva Ecija).

But the PET reminded the Comelec to indicate in its request the areas involved in the poll protest as well as the Election Protest Case Numbers and Case titles.

The resolution was concurred in by Chief justice Renato Corona and Associate Justices Conchita Carpio-Morales, Presbitero Velasco, Jr., Antonio Eduardo Nachura, Teresita Leonardo-De Castro, Lucas Bersamin, Roberto Abad, Martin Villarama, Jr., Jose Portugal Perez, Jose Catral Mendoza and Ma. Lourdes Sereno.

By Karen Boncocan, Tina Santos, Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 14:13:00 04/20/2011

MANILA, Philippines – (UPDATE) Fire hit a posh residential area in Muntinlupa City but was put out past noon Wednesday, authorities said.

City fire marshal Roderick Aguto and Jenalyn Tatad of the National Capital Region Bureau of Fire Protection said the blaze broke out in Calatagan Street in Ayala Alabang at 12:52 p.m. and reached first alarm, prompting five fire trucks to be deployed in the area.

Tatad said that the fire was declared under control as of 1:48 p.m. She said that they have yet to determine the cause of the fire and extent of the damage.

Here are some basic fire prevention tips:

  • Always stay in the kitchen while cooking.
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  • Keep things that can burn, such as dishtowels, paper or plastic bags, and curtains at least three feet away from the range top.
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  • Before cooking, roll up sleeves and use oven mitts. Loose-fitting clothes can touch a hot burner and catch on fire.
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  • Always stay by the grill when cooking. Your grill may stay hot for a long time. Keep children and pets away.
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  • Keep grills at least ten feet away from other objects, including the house and any shrubs or bushes.

Prevent Fires Caused by Matches & Lighters:

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  • Many young children are badly burned or die playing with matches and lighters.
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  • Store matches and lighters in a locked cabinet.
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  • If you must keep matches or lighters in your jacket or purse, put them in a place where children cannot see or touch them.

Prevent Fires Caused by Heating:
Space Heaters

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  • Space heaters need space. Keep them at least three feet away from things that can burn, such as curtains or stacks of newspaper. Always turn off heaters when leaving the room or going to bed.


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  • Have a service person inspect chimneys, fireplaces, wood and coal stoves and central furnaces once a year. Have them cleaned when necessary.

Fireplaces and Wood Stoves

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  • Keep things that can burn away from your fireplace and keep a glass or metal screen in front of your fireplace.
  • Creosote logs can be used to help reduce the build-up of creosote in fireplaces. Check labels to make sure the log has been tested and approved by UL. Even if you use creosote logs, fireplaces should still be inspected by a professional each year.

Prevent Fires Caused by Smoking:

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  • Use “fire-safe” cigarettes and smoke outside.
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  • Use large, deep ashtrays on sturdy surfaces like a table.
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  • Douse cigarette and cigar butts with water before dumping them in the trash.

Prevent Fires Caused by Candles:

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  • Only light candles when an adult is in the room. Do not allow children to keep candles or incense in their rooms.
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  • Always use stable, candle holders made of material that won’t catch fire, such as metal, glass, etc.
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  • Blow out candles when adults leave the room.

Prevent Fires Caused by Gasoline and Other Products:


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  • Gasoline is very dangerous. Inside a garage or home, gasoline vapors can explode with just a tiny spark.
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  • It is best not to keep any gasoline at home. If you must keep some, use a special safety container.
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  • If you can, keep the container in an outdoor shed away from your home. Close all the openings.
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  • Never bring or use gasoline indoors. Use it as a motor fuel only.

Other Products

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  • Read the label of everything you buy. If you see the words “Caution,” “Warning,” “Danger,” or “Flammable,” be very careful.
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  • Close the lid on all dangerous products and put them away after using them.
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  • Store them away in a safe place with a lock.

Keep Your Family Safe At Home

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  • Make a fire escape plan for your family. Find two exits out of every room. Pick a meeting place outside. Practice makes perfect – hold a family fire drill at least twice each year.
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  • Install smoke alarms on every level of your home. There are two kinds of smoke alarms – photoelectric and ionization. If possible, get some of each kind or buy “combination” smoke alarms that have both types of sensors.
  • Put them inside or near every bedroom. Test them monthly to make sure they work. Put in new batteries once a year.
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  • Know how to put out a small pan fire by sliding a lid over the flames.
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  • Teach every family member to “Stop, Drop, Roll and Cool” if clothes catch fire by dropping immediately to the ground, crossing hands over your chest and rolling over and over or back and forth to put out the flames. Cool the burned area with cool water and seek medical attention for serious burns.
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  • Consider having a home fire sprinkler system installed in your new home, or when you remodel.
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  • Consider having a home fire sprinkler system installed in your new home, or when you remodel.
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  • Learn how and when to use a fire extinguisher.

By Tina Santos
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 23:13:00 04/09/2011

BROADWAY star Lea Salonga and former Health Secretary Esperanza Cabral on Saturday led residents of Barangay (village) Ayala Alabang, host to an upscale residential village in Muntinlupa City, in a demonstration calling for the scrapping of a local ordinance requiring prescription for contraceptives.

Some 100 residents, mostly clad in yellow, gathered outside the Ayala Alabang main gate at the corner of Madrigal Avenue at around 9 a.m. to protest Barangay Ordinance 1, which bans the promotion and purchase of any kind of contraceptive within the barangay without a doctor’s prescription.

Cabral hit barangay officials who were behind the enactment of the ordinance for apparently not acting on it even after a public consultation was held last March 19.

Under Barangay Ordinance No. 1, also known as the “Protection of the Unborn Child Ordinance of 2011,” a person who wants to buy contraceptives from stores in the area should first present a prescription from a doctor.

The city council, however, remanded it to the barangay level, citing some portions that may be seen as an infringement of human rights. It also asked the barangay officials, through a letter, to clarify certain provisions.

Revised version

In a text message to Inquirer yesterday, Omar Acosta, public information officer of Muntinlupa City, said the city government was still waiting for the barangay council to submit the revised version of the ordinance.

He added that the measure must first be approved by the city council and Mayor Aldrin San Pedro before it can take effect.

“Until now, they have not done anything about it. I think we have given them enough time within which to act one way or another,” Cabral told Inquirer in an interview. “So now we want to force them to act on it already—either they say it’s totally dead or they want to push through with it—so we could also act accordingly.”

“Of course we want the ordinance totally scrapped,” she stressed, adding that their next move would be to ask the city council to act on the controversial measure with finality.

Cabral said that the barangay council should withdraw the ordinance because “it is abusive, it is ignorant of the law, as well as it also usurps the power of other agencies. She stressed that sentiment of the people is clearly against the measure.

Salonga, on the other hand, stressed that the ordinance signifies an invasion of a couple’s personal life.

No sense

“Me and my family chose to live here because we want some privacy; we just wanted to live peacefully. But when this ordinance came … it infringes the rights of the residents. It absolutely made no sense,” she said.

“What, my life is now going to be a matter of public record? With this ordinance, every time I go to a pharmacy and decide to buy a pack of condom or contraceptives, it has to be a matter of record because I would have to register my name and declare that this was what I bought. Eh pakialam naman ng kahit sino kung anung gamot ang binili ko di ba (What do others care on what medicines I bought)?”


In her blog recently, Salonga wrote she was instantly outraged upon reading the ordinance.

“What right, constitutional or otherwise, does another human being, plus an entire barangay, have to what I practice in the privacy of my bedroom? No one has a say in how my husband and I express ourselves sexually, or what contraceptive measures we decide to employ, or not employ. I detest being told what to do, in general … even more so when it comes to something as personal and as private as this,” part of her blog entry read.

Some members of various reproductive health (RH) advocacy groups also came to support the residents’ protest action.

They carried placards bearing the messages “Respect our right to family planning,” “Keep your theology out of my biology,” “Keep your bigots out of our bedrooms,” and “Separate Church and State,” among others.

Other known personalities who joined the demonstration included Carlos Celdran, a sought-after Intramuros tour guide and reproductive health rights advocate who has been protesting the Church’s lobbying against the RH bill.

Although the demonstrators said their protest has nothing to do with the controversial RH bill, most of those who joined the demonstration said they are in favor of contraceptives.

In a previous interview, Barangay Ayala Alabang chair Alfred Xerez-Burgos Jr. maintained that the ordinance was “consistent with the Constitution.”

At the same time, he clarified that the measure had yet to be implemented.

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