PET fines Marcos, Robredo P50,000 each for violating gag order on electoral protest

Ina Reformina, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 26 2018 07:21 PM | Updated as of Jun 26 2018 08:36 PM

MANILA (UPDATE) - The Supreme Court (SC), sitting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET), has fined former Sen. Bongbong Marcos and Vice President Leni Robredo P50,000 each for violating a gag order pending the former's electoral protest against the incumbent.

"SC, as PET in Case no. 0005 (Marcos vs. Robredo), fines parties and counsels P50,000 pesos each for violation of sub judice rule," the high court said on its official Twitter account on Tuesday.

The sub judice (under judgment) rule bars comments and disclosure of information on a case under litigation. 

In April, the PET ordered the camps of Robredo and Marcos to explain why they have disclosed "sensitive" information about the ongoing vote recount.

"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.

Marcos had claimed "massive cheating" behind his loss to Robredo in the 2016 vice-presidential race by some 260,000 votes, the closest in recent memory. 

The manual recount of votes began on March 19 covering Marcos’ three pilot provinces namely Camarines Sur, Iloilo, and Negros Oriental.

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

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