DOJ accepts public apology from Abalos son

By Jing Castañeda, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 22 2012 07:13 PM | Updated as of Jun 23 2012 03:13 AM

MANILA, Philippines - The Department of Justice is accepting the written apology of Mandaluyong Mayor Benhur Abalos for allegedly threatening 2 public prosecutors.

Last week, the DOJ said it will file charges of grave misconduct and grave threat against the son of former elections chief Benjamin Abalos Sr. for threatening 2 public prosecutors during a hearing at the sala of Pasay Regional Trial Court branch 112 Judge Jesus Mupas.

But in today's statement, the DOJ said: "As a high public official, Mayor Abalos' humility to recognize his lapse of proper decorum during the hearing of the electoral sabotage case of his father... is a reflection of his character as a gentleman."

"We see nothing but the sincerity of Mayor Abalos and accept wholeheartedly his proffer of apology... We are elated that we can now put this matter behind us," it added.

In their joint statement, Senior Assistant City Prosecutor Orlando Mariano and Prosecutor Mark Roland Estepa reiterated that they have "no personal motivations, animosity or malice nor harbor any ill feelings either against former Chairman Abalos nor his son Mayor Abalos."

"We will pursue our mandated task to investigate and prosecute criminal offenders with the high standard of professionalism," the 2 said.

The prosecutors earlier said the mayor issued threats against them during a hearing at a Pasay City court over the electoral sabotage case filed against the older Abalos.

“P...ina niyo...Papatayin ko kayo,” the prosecutors quoted Mayor Abalos as saying.

The mayor admitted getting emotional during the hearing but denied threatening to kill the prosecutors.