THE Supreme Court has ordered retired Commission on Elections commissioner Maria Rowena Amelia Guanzon to explain why she should not be held in contempt in connection with the petition filed by Duterte Youth party-list Rep. Ducielle Marie Cardema and National Youth Commission Chairman Ronald Gian Carlo Cardema.
In a one-page order signed by Clerk of Court Marife Lomibao-Cuevas, the court en banc told Guanzon, a nominee of the Komunidad ng Pamilya, Pasyente at Persons with Disabilities (P3PWD) party-list, to comment on the petition within 10 days from notice.
Prior to this, the Supreme Court received reports that Guanzon has been publicly commenting on her pending election case.
Based on the subjudice rule, litigants are restricted from making comments and disclosing information on judicial proceedings to avoid prejudging the issue, influencing the court or obstructing the administration of justice.
If found violating the subjudice rule, it may render one liable for indirect contempt under Section 3(d), Rule 71 of the Rules of Court.
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The Supreme Court issued a temporary restraining order that stopped the Comelec from allowing Guanzon to substitute as the top nominee of P3PWD party-list that won a congressional seat in the last May 9 elections.
The order prevented the House of Representatives from allowing Guanzon to assume her seat.
It stemmed from a petition filed by the Duterte Youth party-list questioning the Comelec for allowing Guanzon to substitute as P3PWD nominee.