MANILA, Philippines – The camp of former National Youth Commission (NYC) president Ronald Cardema and petitioners questioning his request for replacement as the first candidate on Duterte's youth list must refrain from granting interviews to the press , an official of the Commission. (Comelec) said Tuesday.
"Refrain from giving interviews since he [Cardema] is already sub judice, "said Comelec commissioner Rowena Guanzon during the first hearing of the case.
Sub judice or under trial prohibits the parties in a case from making public statements about a pending case to arouse public opinion. A violation of this rule is punishable under Article 71 of the Rules of Court.
Comelec's commissioner noted that the former NYC chairman had issued public statements to the media about the non-legal substitution case of a lawyer.
"However, he [Cardema] risked presenting his answer without [the] assistance of his lawyer, "Guanzon said.
Guanzon also warned the petitioners about the sub judice rule during the hearing.
The three petitioners representing the Association of Colleges of the Philippines, the National Union of Students of the Philippines, and the Juvenile Law against Tyranny questioned the proposal to replace Cardema.
Cardema and his lawyer George Garcia were present during the hearing in the Comelec session room.
Cardema, 34, is three years old to represent the industry. According to the Law of the List of Parties System, the youth sector nominee must be no more than 30 years of age. (editor: Eden Estopace)
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