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Ping sees no Senate inclusion in ABS-CBN gag petition

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Sen. Panfilo Lacson is hoping the Senate and its committees will be excluded from a gag order the Supreme Court may issue on the ABS-CBN franchise issue.

Lacson, in a statement, said what may be covered are the resource persons who will be invited to shed light on the case.

“I hope the Supreme Court will not include the Senate or any of its committees in the gag order, if issued as petitioned by the Solicitor General, in deference to the settled jurisprudence that tackled similar issues in the past,” he said.

The Senate is due to hold a hearing on the subject on Feb. 27.

Lacson noted resource persons who will be invited to shed light on this instant case involving the franchise of ABS-CBN may be covered by the gag order “as they are not exempt from the sub judice rule, which covers litigants and witnesses, members of the bar and the public in general.”

As such, he said they may run the risk of “being cited for contempt once they express their opinions that might pose a clear and present danger in the administration of justice by directly influencing the members of the Court in rendering their votes to resolve the pending petition for quo warranto.”

Last weekend, Lacson said the Senate will have to address the potential problem of sub judice covering resource persons at the Senate hearing.

“Iimbitahin namin ang ABS-CBN, magpapahayag sila, baka masasaklaw sila ng sub judice rule at pwede sila i-contempt ng Korte Suprema,” he said in an interview on DWIZ.

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