Show cause order issued to Robredo, Marcos

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 12) — The Presidential Electoral Tribunal has issued a show cause order against Vice President Leni Robredo and former Senator Ferdiand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. for disclosing to the public sensitive information regarding the revision of ballots.

The tribunal gave both parties 10 days to explain why they should not be cited in contempt for violating its resolutions.

The Court ordered them to strictly observe the sub judice rule pending the recount.

The sub judice rule prohibits parties from discussing the merits of a case pending a court resolution.

It also junked Robredo's motion to direct head revisors to apply the correct threshold percentage as set by the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) in the revision, recount, and re-appreciation of ballots.

Robredo claimed the threshold percentage in determining the validity of votes was 25 percent and not 50 percent.

But the tribunal said it was not aware of any COMELEC resolution that states the applicability of a 25-percent threshold.

It cannot also treat the "random manual audit guidelines and report" as proof of threshold used by COMELEC.

It added, her claim of a "systematic reduction" of her votes is without basis and shows a misunderstanding of the revision process.

Robredo and Marcos were issued a gag order in February, telling them to stop discussing the poll protest in public.