Bongbong Marcos through his lawyer, Atty. Vic Rodriguez said that they respect the PET’s ruling on their alleged protest gag ruling violation. They are in full compliance. However, for his part, he explained that he was merely making “observations” and not “prejudgments” on the case. This is his manifestation in his compliance document.
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[VIDEO]: Bongbong Marcos Complies with the Gag Ruling while Robredo is in Denial.
The former senator insisted that his claims of wet ballots and “missing” audit logs reported by media on the first day of the recount were “limited to his personal observation of what transpired during the revision.” “To be sure, the legal counsels of the protestant repeatedly requested that the Adhoc Revision Committee of this Honorable Tribunal to issue media advisories in connection with the ongoing proceedings so that they will not be forced to grant an interview in order to clarify the developments in this election protest,” he added.
Electoral Protest Update
Marcos accuses Robredo of committing electoral fraud to win the vice presidency in the 2016 national elections. Recount on his poll protest started on April 2 and is currently ongoing at the Supreme Court compound in Manila.
Robredo, through her legal counsel Romulo Macalintal, filed their compliance on the show cause order on April. They maintained that her camp has not “given sensitive information” to the public on the ongoing vote recount. The vice president’s camp also argued that they were merely “correcting” misinformation spread by Marcos’ camp, citing the former senator’s statement that there were wet ballots and missing audit logs discovered on April 2, the first day of the recount.
Protest Gag Ruling vs. Transparency
The PET reminded the two parties that they had earlier been ordered to “strictly observe” the sub judice rule in a resolution dated February 13. The directive was reiterated in another resolution on March 20. However, the people need transparency on this issue. Given that this is a top public interest at this time.