MalacaÑang yesterday recognized the decision of the Supreme Court (SC) to probe the judges whom President Rodrigo Duterte linked to the illegal drug trade.
“We recognize the independence of the Supreme Court, which exercises administrative supervision and control of all courts, including power to discipline erring members of the judiciary,” according to Presidential Communications Office Secretary Martin Andanar
Earlier, the Supreme Court urged in its resolution Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa and Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Director General Isidro Lapeña to file complaints versus four alleged ‘narco judges’ -- Exequil Dagala (MCTC, Dapa-Socorro, Surigao), Antonio Reyes (Baguio City, RTC Branch 61), Adriano Savillo (Iloilo City, RTC Branch 30), and Domingo Casiple (Kalibo, Aklan, RTC Branch 7).
Dela Rosa said they are still gathering evidence against the judges.
Reports said that the High Tribunal’s fact-finding investigation will be handled by retired SC Justice Roberto Abad.