PET orders Marcos, Robredo to explain gag order violations

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Apr 12 2018 05:50 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo and former Senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. Composite

MANILA- The Supreme Court, sitting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET), has ordered the camps of Vice President Leni Robredo and former Senator Bongbong Marcos to explain why they have disclosed "sensitive" information about the ongoing vote recount.

Marcos and Robredo were ordered to explain within 10 days from receipt of notice of the show cause order why they should not be held in contempt for violating the gag order on the vote recount.

The PET explained that it had released two resolutions dated February 13, 2018, and March 20, 2018, which instruct both parties to refrain from discussing the vote recount to the public.

"Despite these stern directives of the Tribunal, several news reports have shown that the parties, their counsels and/or representatives, have nonetheless continued to disclose sensitive information regarding the revision process to the public, in clear violation of the aforementioned resolutions," it said.

The recount of votes for the election protest of Marcos against Robredo began last April 2.

Marcos claims "massive cheating" caused his loss to Robredo in the 2016 vice-presidential race by some 260,000 votes. 

The ballots, which were counted by machine, are being tallied again manually by the PET.

Marcos, on the first day of the vote recount, told reporters that some of the ballots were wet and that there were allegedly missing audit logs.

Both camps have given statements to the media on the matter in the days that followed.

-report from Ina Reformina, ABS-CBN News