Enough! SC issues gag order directing Calida, Diokno to stop wrangling

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The Supreme Court (SC) on Tuesday came up with a gag order prohibiting parties in a writ of kalikasan petition from publicly speaking about merits of the case involving the West Philippine Sea case.

Subjects of the gag order were the counsels of petitioners, including former law dean Chel Diokno and Andres Palacios from the Integrated Bar of the Philippines, and Solicitor General Jose Calida.

The SC issue the order in the wake of the incessant exchange of statements from both parties on the withdrawal of the petitioner-fishermen from the WPS case.

During oral arguments, Calida submitted a manifestation and affidavits of the fishermen disowning their signatures from the kalikasan petition, saying “we have nothing to do about it.”

Also, Calida said that counsels of petitioners could face disbarment cases for filing the petition without the consent of the fishermen.

For his part, Diokno claimed that the government may have a hand in the withdrawal of the petition.

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