Judge may intervene in presentation of evidence to prevent waste of time

A judge is called upon to ascertain the truth of the controversy before him. He may properly intervene in the presentation of evidence to expedite and prevent unnecessary waste of time and clarify obscure and incomplete details after the witness had given direct testimony. After all, the judge is the arbiter and he ought to satisfy himself as to the respective merits of the claims of both parties in accord with the stringent demands of due process. [G.R. No. 115686. December 2, 1996]

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