CNN Philippines – Tribunal issues gag order on Marcos, Robredo in poll protest

By Chad de Guzman | CNN Philippines

The Presidential Electoral Tribunal ordered both Vice President Leni Robredo and former Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos to stop discussing the poll protest in public.

“(C)onsidering that the revision process ìs about to commence, the tribunal directs both protestant and protestee to observe the sub judice rule,” the PET said in its resolution dated February 13 and released Tuesday. The order comes ahead of the scheduled manual ballot recount on March 19.

The sub judice rule prohibits parties from discussing the merits of a case pending a court resolution.

Both camps engaged in word wars early February, after Marcos lawyer Vic Rodriguez dared the Vice President to withdraw all pending motions before the PET. Robredo filed the motion on February 8.

The PET resolution also gave Marcos 10 days to inform the tribunal if he will be filing another motion.

In a message, Rodriguez said they will not file such a motion.

“We will not file a motion because we have no pending pleading before the tribunal, thus there is nothing to withdraw. We shall abide by the directive of the PET as stated in the Resolution,” he said.

Rodriguez added they will observe the PET’s gag order.

“Fair and accurate reporting of what actually took place in open court are excluded from its coverage,” he said.

CNN Philippines is reaching out to Robredo for comment.

Both sides earlier said they will do no further actions on the recount.

Marcos lost to Robredo by over 263,473 votes in the 2016 elections. The former senator then claimed fraud in media briefings, citing the appearance of squares in some ballot images.

The Vice President denied the allegation.

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