DOMINADOR C. BALDOZA, complainant, vs. HON.

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Respondent Municipal Judge was administratively charged with abuse of authority in refusing to allow the employees of the Municipal Mayor of Taal to examine the criminal docket records of the Municipal Court to secure data in connection with their contemplated report on the peace and order situation of the municipality.

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SECOND DIVISION[A.M. No. 1120-MJ. May 5, 1976.]DOMINADOR C.BALDOZA,complainant,vs.HON. JUDGE RODOLFO B.DIMAANO,respondent.SYNOPSISRespondent Municipal Judge was administratively charged with abuse of authority in refusing to allow the employees of the Municipal Mayor of Taal to examine the criminal docket records of the Municipal Court to secure data in connection with their contemplated report on the peace and order situation of the municipality. In his answer, respondent claimed that he merely imposed restrictions on the matter of examination, inspection, or copying of his court records for fear that the right might be abused and the dirty hands of partisan politics might again be at play.During the preliminary hearing of the case,. the Municipality Mayor moved to dismiss the complaint to preserve the harmony and cooperation among the officials of the municipality but the inquest Judge denied the motion. After the formal investigation, the investigating Judge recommended respondent's exoneration.The Supreme Court finding respondent to have acted properly, exonerated him.Complaint dismissed.SYLLABUS1.PUBLIC OFFICE; PUBLIC RECORDS; ACCESS TO PUBLIC RECORDS. In a democracy, the public has a legitimate interest in matters of social and political significance, hence, the people's right of free access to public records is predicated on their right to acquire information on matters of public concern.2.ID.; ID.; ID.; MANDAMUS AVAILABLE TO COMPEL PUBLIC

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