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SC asks judge to explain summon for traffic enforcers

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The Supreme Court (SC) has asked Cabanatuan Municipal Court Judge Nelson Lago to explain why he threatened to cite for contempt Baguio City traffic enforcers who confiscated his license plate due to a traffic violation he committed.

SC Spokesman Brian Hosaka told reporters on Thursday (Nov. 14) that Court Administrator Midas Marquez is already acting on the matter.

“I was told by Court Administrator Midas P. Marquez that he has requested Dep. Court Administrator for Luzon, Raul B. Villanueva, to ask Judge Nelson Lago to comment on these news reports,” Hosaka said.

Lago has already 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 had 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, Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong defended the actions of his traffic enforcers and stressed that they were only following the city ordinance.

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