Judge behind online gambling raids suspended

The Philippines Supreme Court has ordered the suspension and investigation of Malabon City regional trial court judge Zaldy B. Docena for alleged indiscriminate issuance of search warrants, local media reports.

“The Court resolved … to preventively suspend, effective immediately, Judge Zaldy B. Docena, RTC Branch 170, Malabon City, for six months pending the completion of a more comprehensive and detailed investigation on the issuance of search warrants,” the SC resolution stated.

The alleged indiscriminate issuance of search warrants was discovered when the Office of the Court Administrator (OCA) conducted a spot audit of the Branch 170 headed by Docena.

The OCA have been directed to “immediately seal/secure all records/folders pertaining to the applications for search warrant received by Judge Docena.”