The Supreme Court (SC), sitting as Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET), on Tuesday (Nov. 10) warned both camps of former senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. and Vice President Leni Robredo against violating the existing gag order on speaking in public about the election protest.
The SC Public Information Office (SCPIO) said the PET is reminding the parties to “strictly observe the sub judice rule pursuant to its earlier resolutions.”
“In view of the recent appearances and statements of the parties, their counsels and their agents in various media outlets including print, broadcast and social media, the Presidential Electoral Tribunal reiterates its Resolutions dated February 13, 2018 and March 20, 2018 directing the parties to strictly observe the sub judice rule,” the SCPIO.
“These are not the proper venues to litigate their case. The parties, their counsels and their agents are STERNLY WARNED that any more violation of this order shall be dealt with more severely,” it stressed.
The SCPI reminded that this not the first time the PET cautioned the parties on the subjudice rule.
“On September 10, 2019, a similar reminder was issued by the Tribunal after it concluded and finished the recount and revision of ballots in the three test provinces of Iloilo, Negros Oriental, and Camarines Sur involving 5,415 election precincts,” it recounted.