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The Supreme Court (SC) on Thursday ordered the Cabanatuan City judge who summoned Baguio City traffic enforcers to his court for issuing him a ticket to comment on the controversy.

“Court Administrator Midas P. Marquez has requested Deputy Court Administrator for Luzon, Raul B. Villanueva, to ask Judge Nelson Lago to comment on these news reports,” SC spokesman Brian Keith Hosaka said in a message to reporters.

Lago subpoenaed traffic enforcers of Baguio City, who handed him a ticket for illegal parking during a visit there in October.

A member of the city’s public order and safety division, and the traffic enforcement chief assigned to the Baguio City Public Market were directed to appear at the sala of Lago to explain why they should not be found in indirect contempt.

The subpoena dated October 28 said traffic enforcers also removed the license plate of Lago’s vehicle, which was parked near a jeepney terminal on Kayang Street on October 25.

Lago, who was attending a security seminar at the time said settling the fine and recovering his license plates “caused delay in the scheduled hearings” and in the “administration of justice”. (PNA)

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