SC turns down resignation of judge on Duterte drug list
The Supreme Court has turned down the resignation of one of the judges mentioned by President Rodrigo Duterte as one of those with links to the narcotics trade.
Judge Exequil Dagala of the Municipal Trial Court (MTC) in Dapa, Siargao submitted his irrevocable resignation before Supreme Court Administrator Jose Midas Marquez last Aug. 8.
At a press conference, high court’s Information Chief Atty. Theodore Te said the resignation was not accepted because Dagala is already facing administrative investigation even before he was mentioned by Duterte.
“The resignation was not accepted by the Court because the judge, prior to his being named by the President, was already being investigated in connection with other offenses,” Te said.
“He remains under the jurisdiction of the Court as far as administrative discipline is concerned and will be subject to the factfinding investigation to be conducted by retired Justice Roberto A. Abad,” Te added.
Dagala is one of the seven judges mentioned by Duterte. However, only four of the seven will be facing investigation as they are the only ones on active duty. RAM/rga
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