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Gold mine ng mga huwes! Duterte advises former judge to defy, kick, punch judges issuing TROs

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President Rodrigo Duterte blew his top after a a former judge reported how judges have abused their power to delay government projects with a temporary restraining order (TRO).

Duterte blasted the judiciary anew for not heeding his warning to stop making money out of TROs after former Regional Trial Court (RTC) Judge Marvel C. Clavecilla complained how some courts have delayed road and bridge widening projects in Bicol with their indiscriminate issuance of Temporary Environmental Protection Orders.

Clavecilla claimed that the courts have ignored a law preventing courts from issuing injunctive orders on national infrastructure projects.

“Ah magalit na ako diyan. Judge, judge ka man…Itong TRO, ito ‘yung gold mine ng lahat… Ako magsabi talaga ako harap-harapan, totoo ‘yan. Hindi kayong lahat pero negosyo ‘yan ng mga huwes,” said Duterte during a post-typhoon assessment in Bicol.

“Kaya nagka-l****-l**** kasi lowest bid pag natalo itong unggoy na ‘to, pupunta ka agad sa korte, mag-TRO for nothing. Baseless mag-TRO kayong mga judge,” he added.

Duterte advised Clavecilla to defy the TRO or beat up the judge. “Sabi ko, huwag mong paniwalaan judge na ‘yan. Loko-loko ‘yan. ..Puntahan mo ‘yan, sipain mo, p***** i** ka. Ipapatagal mo. Karamihan ng project ng gobyerno TRO, TRO, TRO dito. Kaya all delayed,” said Duterte.

When Clavecilla pointed out that the judiciary was an independent body outside the control of the executive, Duterte replied: “Kaya nga suntukin mo eh.” Duterte said judges get bribed to issue TROs by losing bidders.

“At the start of the construction, mag-file na ng ano ‘yan ng TRO. Kasi ‘yun ang TRO is negosyo eh. ‘Pag binayaran ang judge doon, panalo siya o ‘di kanya na. Maghingi pa ‘yung natalo. “O sige walang — wala na, hindi na ako mag-ano, bigay,” said Duterte.

“If you have a 100 million project, maghingi pa ‘yung natalo, magbigay ka pa sa judge o maghingi pa ‘yung judge, ang project mo would be just about what? Sixty million. The 40 million would really go into the pockets of other people,” he added.

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