Judge summoned for ‘abuse of power’

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THE OFFICE of the Court Administrator under the Supreme Court has ordered a Cabanatuan City judge accused of abusing his power, according to court spokesman Brian Keith F. Hosaka.

The judge allegedly summoned a traffic enforcer who had issued him a ticket and confiscated his license plate for illegal parking, he said in a mobile-phone message yesterday.

The magistrate summoned a Baguio City traffic enforcer in October, asking him to explain why he should not be cited in contempt.

The judge had claimed his right to due process was violated when his license plate was confiscated after he was seen parked near a jeepney terminal, according to the Philippine Daily Inquirer.

He also claimed his apprehension had caused delays at his scheduled hearings and in the “administration of justice.” — Vann Marlo M. Villegas