Hosaka calls on PET parties to observe sub judice rule

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Supreme Court Public Information Chief Brian Keith Hosaka on Wednesday called on the camps of Vice President Leni Robredo and former senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr. to observe the sub judice rule pending the full deliberation, and ruling, by the Presidential Electoral Tribunal.

Hosaka issued the statement when he was asked to comment on Atty. Romulo Macalintal’s statement last Tuesday, that the vice president gained 15,000 votes in the recount of ballots from the three pilot provinces.

He also said that SC justices maybe leaving a bad precedent if they would allow the recount of votes outside of Marcos’ three pilot provinces.

“Gusto ko po ulit ipa alala sa mga parties at sa kanilang mga abugado na galangin po sana nila ang utos ng korte na wag mag kumento o magsalita sa media tungkol sa kaso ayon sa “sub judice rule,” Hosaka said in a statement.

At the same time, Hosaka reiterated that “the PET did not take any action on the Vice Presidential Election Protest Case during the tribunal’s session last Tuesday,” stressing that the second highest public seat in the country is at stake.

“Uulitin ko po yung nasabi ko kahapon, na itong kaso po sa PET ay maingat pang pinag aaralan ng ating mga Justices. Ang pinag uusapan po dito sa kasong ito ay ang pangalawang pinakamataas na pinuno ng ating bansa, at kung sino ang tunay at totoong pinili ng taong bayan na bise president na ayon sa batas. Kaya po siguro dapat lamang ay pag aralan ng mabuti at maingat ng ating mga Justices ang bawat issue at ebidensiya ng kaso,” Hosaka said.

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