Supreme Court to investigate judges in Duterte’s narco list

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — The Supreme Court has decided to conduct a fact-finding investigation, involving members of the judiciary included in President Rodrigo Duterte’s narco list.

Supreme Court Spokesman Theodore Te on Tuesday said the Court resolved to treat the speech of the President as a complaint against four incumbent judges whose names were announced by Duterte himself, Sunday.

The Court also directed Executive Secretary Salvador Midealdea to submit complaint affidavits against the judges within seven days, furnishing the respondents with a copy of the same.

“Respondent judges are directed to submit their answers within a similar period of seven days from receipt of the complaint-affidavit,” Te added.

According to Te, the high tribunal appointed Retired Supreme Court Associate Justice Roberto Abad to be the sole investigator of the case.

Te said, the Court has given Abad 30 days to investigate upon the receipt of the answers from the respondent judges, and make his recommendations to the Supreme Court en banc.

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