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SC asked to probe Cabanatuan judge who summoned Baguio traffic enforcers over violation

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The Supreme Court (SC) has been asked to investigate Cabanatuan City Judge Nelson Lago for summoning Baguio City traffic enforcers who fined him over traffic violations.

Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong made the call in his letter to Chief Justice Diosdado Peralta dated November 15.

In his letter, Magalong pointed out that Lago showed “unprofessional and arrogant display of judicial power.”

Magalong defended the traffic enforcers and stressed that they were “lawfully and regularly performing their duties.”

The Mayor warned that, if the SC does not take action against persons who are bullying those implementing the law, this “would certainly have a chilling effect on our traffic law enforcers, not to mention its adverse effects on the public.”

Lago issued subpoenas to the traffic enforcers who were ordered to appear before him on Nov. 29.

The judge complained that due process was not observed when the traffic enforcers issued him a ticket and removed his car’s license plate last Oct. 25 for illegally parking near a jeepney terminal of a market.

The magistrate explained he was attending a security seminar in Baguio at that time and was on his way back to Cabanatuan when he parked at the market.

Meanwhile, Court Administrator Midas Marquez has directed Lago to explain why the judge summoned the traffic enforcers.

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