SC orders Marcos, Robredo camps to shush on poll protest

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The Supreme Court (SC) again reminded camps of Vice President Leni Robredo and former senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos to avoid from publicly commenting on the election protest.

According to S.B (Senate Bill) No. 1357, sub judice rule states “The rule means that when a legal matter or controversy has come under the jurisdiction of a court (sub judice), nobody, including the press and other media should interfere by publication or public clamor with the court’s proper handling of the proceeding.”

Both camps were fined last year amounting to P50, 000 each for violating the gag order.

Meanwhile, Romula Macalintal, Robredo’s laywer, reiterated that his client won by 15, 000 more votes when the court recounted ballots from 3 pilot provinces.

However, Brian Keith Hosaka, SC Public Information Office chief, declined to comment on Mcalintal’s claim, nothing but the justices have a copy of the confidential report of the initial recount.

The justices are keenly studying the case, he added. “The issue in this case is the second highest leader of our country and who was truly chosen by public as the vice president, legally. This is why it’s only right that the justices study each issue and evidence thoroughly and carefully.”

Lastly, Marcos camp earlier claimed that he was cheated on 2016 elections by 260,000 that led to his defeat.