SC urges Malacañang to file complaint vs. judges named by Duterte

MANILA September 22, 2016 (Bicol Standard) – An en banc resolution was issued yesterday by the Supreme Court informing Malacañang that it can now formalize its complaint against judges identified by President Rodrigo Duterte as among those involved in the trade of illegal drugs.

Retired Supreme Court Justice Roberto A. Abad was named by the high court who will as the leader of the fact finding mission who will investigate at least four incumbent judges allegedly linked to illegal drugs.

He was also directed to submit within thirty days a report on this matter.

In the same en banc resolution, the SC directed executive secretary Salvador C. Medialdea to submit complaint affidavits against the four judges within seven days, and furnish the respondent judges copies of the same.

Also, the high court has directed Judges Exequil Dagala of the MTC of Dapa-Socorro in Sorigao; Adriano Savillo, RTC Branch 30 in Iloilo Cityl; Domingo Casiple, RTC Branch 7, Kalibo, Aklan; and Judge Antonio Reyes of RTC Branch 61 in Baguio City to file their comments within seven days upon receipt of the complaint, according to Theodore Te, spokesman of the SC.