The questionable Vice President, Leni Robredo’s camp announces a day after Marcos’s compliance with the PET’s order that they have already paid the fine. This is for the violation of the sub judice rule. As the VP’s lead counsel, Romulo Macalintal insists that their camp had to answer the alleged malicious and unfounded statements made by Bongbong Marcos. They have to pay a penalty because of Marcos, blames the veteran lawyer.
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Robredo Questions the PET
Robredo’s camp also questions the PET about which specific statements she and her counsels have made. That was considered in violation of the sub judice rule. The camp does so by forwarding a “manifestation with an urgent motion for clarification.” The sub judice rule prohibits the issuance of public statements. This is on the merits of a case that is still under judgment by the court.
Marcos’ Observation as the Cause of the Fines
Robredo’s manifestation notes that in its June 16, 2018 resolution, the PET only mentions statements made by Marcos. These were about the condition of the ballot boxes during the manual counts. The issue of the ballots being wet, the audit logs missing, and many more. Marcos said that they were his observations. They coincide with the current electoral reform Senate hearing It insinuates that massive fraud is actually done digitally. Not just manually This is part of Marcos’ first course of action that the PET sets aside earlier. It is their hope that the decision would not complicate things.
“While the Honorable Tribunal specifically took note of said statements, its resolution did not point to any specific statement made by protestee Robredo and her counsels which could be considered as a violation of the sub judice rule,” the manifestation continues.
In Violation of the Sub Judice Rule
In order to avoid influencing the court, the sub judice rule prohibits both Marcos and Robredo and their counsels from making public comments. They must not disclose information about the pending election protest that is still under investigation by the court. The PET ordered both parties to pay by the PET for not observing this rule.
Putting the Blame on Marcos
To quote Romulo Macalintal, Robredo’s lead counsel, he insists that they had to act in self-defense against the statements made by the Marcos camp. “We intended to respect the sub judice rule but as Marcos spread lies they had to answer.” Macalintal’s statement puts the blame on the Marcos’ camp.