Administrative complaint filed vs judge in port case

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AN administrative complaint has been filed at the Supreme Court against a Marikina City judge handling the case involving the Harbour Centre Port Terminal Inc. (HCPTI) for “gross misconduct and gross ignorance of the law.”

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Businessman Michael Romero, in his 15-page complaint-affidavit filed on June 19, accused Judge Felix Reyes of the Marikina Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 272 of bias and partiality when he issued a temporary restraining order against him and in favor of plaintiff Mario Saycon, former HCPI corporate secretary.

Saycon filed a case of injunction and damages against Romero and his associates on May 8 to stop them from using corporate documents that Saycon signed when he was still the corporate secretary.

But during his cross examination on May 11, Saycon said he was working for businessman Reghis Romero when his complaint-affidavit was executed on May 8 in the office of Reghis at RII Builder’s building in Quezon City and not in his lawyer’s office in Marikina contrary to what was stated in the affidavit.

“This proves that Saycon was working for Reghis to execute the affidavit to get back at me. Judge Reyes ignored the most important fact that Saycon’s affidavit is spurious from the start,” Michael said.

In his testimony, Saycon could also not remember the three corporate documents he wanted Romero to stop using.

Michael said Saycon’s failure to re¬member the documents among others proved that he executed his affidavit without knowing its content.

“Despite the admissions of Saycon on the falsity of his Judicial Affidavit, Judge Reyes granted the TRO [temporary restraining order],” Michael said, adding that Reyes did not include the proven facts or the law upon which he based his ruling he issued on May 15, 2015.

Reyes, Michael said, on his own also wanted to expand the coverage of the application for injunction when he issued an order on June 15 for Ramil Mendoza, the current corporate secretary of HCPTI, to testify and explain on June 17 a number of HCPTI documents.

The Secretary’s Certificates, Michael emphasized, were not among the documents that were the subject of Saycon’s application for injunction.

“Why does Judge Reyes want to go beyond the subject of the application for injunction? What is his personal agenda?” he asked.

Michael then filed a motion for inhibition against Reyes with a motion to suspend the court proceedings, saying that the June 15 order was “so arbitrary, uncalled for, unsolicited and highly suspect.”

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