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Baguio judge probed for meddling in taxi driver’s arrest

Robertzon Ramirez, Artemio Dumlao - The Philippine Star

BAGUIO, Philippines — The Supreme Court (SC) is investigating a judge in Baguio City who allegedly interceded for the release of a taxi driver arrested on Tuesday.   

“The Office of the Court Administrator is looking into this issue. We would like to get all available information before we require the concerned judge to comment,” SC Administrator Midas Marquez said.

Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong directed city police chief Col. Allen Rae Co to file administrative complaints against Judge Roberto Mabalot.

Co said Mabalot ”interfered with a valid and official police investigation” for the release of taxi driver Jone Buclay who should have been subjected to inquest proceedings.

Buclay was caught on video trying to run over Pat. Julius Walang after the police officer asked him to pull over for parking near the city hall.

Mabalot reportedly picked up Buclay at the police precinct shortly after his arrest. 

Mabalot denied allegations that he interfered in the case, saying he only responded to a request of a relative to check an impending impounding of her taxi.

Mabalot said he also scolded Buclay after he tested positive for alcohol.

BENJAMIN MAGALONG

MIDAS MARQUEZ

SC

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