THE Department of the Interior and Local Government has asked the Supreme Court to investigate the alleged bullying by a judge in the case of an intoxicated taxi driver who almost ran over a policeman in Baguio City.
Secretary Eduardo Año requested Supreme Court Chief Justice Diosdado Peralta to probe the judge who allegedly shouted at the police officers in the Baguio City Police Station to secure the immediate release of the taxi driver.
Año commended the cop who bravely put his life on the line to enforce the law.
In a video that went viral, Patrolman Julius Walang, who is assigned at the Baguio City Traffic Enforcement Unit, flagged down cab driver Jone Dominguez Buclay over a traffic violation.
Buclay tried to escape.
The police officer courageously barred the way and held tightly on to the hood of the taxi.
“Makikita niyo talaga sa video na walang balak sumuko ang driver pero hindi pumayag ‘yung patrolman kaya kumapit ito sa hood ng sasakyan para mapigilan ‘yung driver sa pagtakas,” the DILG chief said.
The cab driver was driving under the influence of liquor.
According to the police officers, the judge suddenly barged into the police station and shouted at them without even asking what really happened.
The judge was then seen at the video leaving the premises of the police station together with the taxi driver-suspect.
According to Año, there is a proper forum to secure the release of the suspect and not the police station.
The judge, he added, must wait for the police to process the case, the prosecutor to file charges against the suspect and for the case to be raffled to his sala before he can assume jurisdiction.
“The said judge has to follow the law, just like all of us. As guardian of the law, a judge must serve as an example in following the law and not in breaking it,” Año said.
Año said that such complete disregard of the law and use of the padrino system should never be tolerated and is very unbecoming of a judge as an arbiter of the law.