ELECTION PROTEST

Weekly Updates

Week 105: July 2 – 8, 2018

On 2 July 2018, BBM received a Notice from the PET which resolved to :

On 2 July 2018, BBM received a Notice from the PET which resolved to :

1. Note BBM and Robredo’s Compliance [To the Show Cause Order of the PET]; and

2. Impose a Fine of fifty thousand pesos (PhP 50,000.-) on both BBM and Robredo for violating the sub judice rule. The PET likewise issued a warning that a repetition of similar act(s) would be dealt with more severely.

The PET further resolved to :

1. Note several Incident Report(s) regarding wet, damaged and/or unreadable ballots in numerous precincts in Camarines Sur ;

2. Note several Incident Report(s) wherein there were discrepancies between the official count and the physical count of the ballots in numerous precincts in Camarines Sur ;

3. Note several Incident Report(s) regarding wet, damaged and/or unreadable ballots in numerous precincts in Iloilo ;

4. Note several Incident Report(s) wherein there were discrepancies between the physical count of the ballots and the election returns in numerous precincts in Iloilo ;

5. Note several Incident Report(s) wherein there were discrepancies between the official count and the physical count of the ballots in numerous precincts in Iloilo ;

6. Note the Incident Report regarding the “Dried brown liquid permeated the ballots, emitting an obnoxious smell [in the ballot box] and “The presence of live and dead insects, as well as a piece of dried bangus fish” in numerous precincts in Iloilo ;

7. Note Robredo’s Third Manifestation of Grave Concern and Direct Nestor Borromeo (BBM’s revisor who purportedly used a plastic “magnifying glass“) to explain within five (5) days from Notice, why his accreditation should not be withdrawn.

(click here to see the 26 June 2018 Notice from the PET)

On 3 July 2018, BBM received a Notice from the PET dated 5 June 2018 which resolved to :

1. Note the appeal in the election protest of Platon vs. Insular and Confirm that the proceedings in the said case may continue;

2. Note the appeal in the election protest of Pantoja vs. Palacio and Confirm that proceedings in the said case may continue;

3. Note the Letter of the National Citizens’ Movement for Free Elections (NAMFREL) Secretary-General but Deny their request to allow designated representatives of their organization to observe the ongoing Vice Presidential protest;

4. Note without action the Letter of the COMELEC Executive Director dated 26 April 2018;

5. Note and Grant the request of the Caloocan City Treasurer to transfer the ballot boxes to the new storage at Mabini Street, Caloocan City;

6. Note without action the Letter of several private individuals requesting the PET to follow the 25% shading threshold in the recount of votes for Vice President;

7. Confirm the approval of the reports of the PET Retrieval Team Leader regarding the storage of various election paraphernalia;

8. Note BBM’s Opposition to Robredo’s Motion for Reconsideration to use the 25% threshold percentage in the revision, recount and re-appreciation of ballots;

9. Grant the COMELEC’s Motion, through the Office of the Solicitor General (OSG), for an extension of time within which to file a comment on Robredo’s Motion for Reconsideration to use the 25% threshold percentage in the revision, recount and re-appreciation of ballots;

10. Note the referral of the Public Information Office regarding the email from a Senior Researcher from GMA Network, Inc. – News Research Section;

11. Deny the request of the aforementioned Senior Researcher from GMA Network for certain documents related to BBM’s election protest; and

12. Note and Grant the request of the COMELEC Executive Director to transfer the Office of the Election Officer of Santiago, Agusan del Norte to a new location;

The PET further resolved to :

1. Note several Incident Report(s) regarding wet, damaged and/or unreadable ballots in numerous precincts in Camarines Sur ;

2. Note several Incident Report(s) regarding the existence of mold on the ballots in numerous precincts in Camarines Sur ;

3. Note several Incident Report(s) regarding the existence of acid from battery fluid on the ballots in numerous precincts in Camarines Sur ;

4. Note the Incident Report wherein the “votes cannot be matched with the bar codes of the ballots” in numerous precincts in Camarines Sur ;

5. Note the Incident Report(s) regarding tampering because the “BEI signatures x x x appear to be glaringly different” on the ballots in numerous precincts in Camarines Sur ;

6. Note the Incident Report dated 17 May 2018 regarding the disorderly conduct of Jose Oliver Fame (Robredo party revisor) and Direct Mr. Fame to Explain why his accreditation should not be withdrawn;

7. Note the Incident Report dated 23 May 2018 and Require Niño Jefferson Regala and Julius Caezar D. Tumalad and Explain why they should not be removed as Head or Alternate Revisors;

(click here to see the 5 June 2018 Notice from the PET)

On 4 July 2018, BBM received a Notice from the PET dated 19 June 2018 which resolved to  :

1. Grant Robredo’s request to photocopy the ballots which were ruled to be stray in the ongoing revision proceedings;

2. Direct the PET Ad Hoc Committee to coordinate with the parties regarding the procedure for photocopying the requested ballots;

3. Direct BBM to manifest whether he intends to make a similar request like Robredo.

The PET further resolved to :

1. Note without action the email from Arnelfa Paliza dated 29 May 2018 requesting that the PET use the 25% threshold in the ongoing recount proceedings;

2. Note without action the Letter from 132 law students of Bicol requesting that the PET use the 25% threshold in the ongoing recount proceedings;

3. Note without action the Letter from Bantay Nakaw Coalition dated 11 June 2018 expressing their support that the PET use the 25% threshold in the ongoing recount proceedings;

4. Note as Compliance the Letters from various Municipal Treasurers in Camarines Sur explaining why the ballots previously referred to were wet and/or damaged;

5. Grant the Motion filed by the COMELEC, through the Office of the Solicitor General (OSG), for a second extension of fifteen (15) days within which to file a comment on Robredo’s Motion for Reconsideration regarding  the 25% threshold percentage in the revision, recount and re-appreciation of ballots with a warning that no further extension will be given;

 The PET further resolved to :

1. Note several Incident Report(s) regarding misplaced election receipts in numerous precincts in Camarines Sur ;

2. Note several Incident Report(s) regarding wet, damaged and/or unreadable ballots in numerous precincts in Camarines Sur ;

3. Note the Incident Report(s) wherein the signatures of the election officers had “different / questionable strokesin numerous precincts in Camarines Sur ;

4. Note the Incident Report(s) regarding tampering because of discrepancies in the signatures of the election officers in numerous precincts in Camarines Sur ;

(click here to see the 19 June 2018 Notice from the PET)

On 4 July 2018, BBM received a Notice from the PET which resolved to :

1. Note BBM’s Opposition to the Manifestation of the COMELEC regarding the lifting of Precautionary Protection Order (PPO) on the Election Management Servers (EMS);

2. Direct the COMELEC to file a Reply to BBM’s Opposition within a non-extendible period of ten (10) days from notice;

3. Approve the transportation expense amounting to PhP 4,331.930.27 for the hauling of 2,740 ballot boxes and other election paraphernalia from Iloilo to the Supreme Court;

4. Grant the Office of the Solicitor General a third extension of ten (10) days to file a comment to Robredo’s Motion for Reconsideration for the PET to use the 25% threshold percentage in the revision, recount and re-appreciation of ballots;

5. Order the COMELEC, through the OSG, to personally file the said Comment with the PET; otherwise, the same will be deemed waived;

6. Note the Compliance of the Municipal Treasuer of Ocampo, Camarines Sur explaining why the ballots previously referred to were wet or damaged; and

7. Note Robredo’s Vehement Opposition to the OSG’s third motion for extension.

The PET further resolved to :

1. Note the Incident Report dated 14 June 2018 stating that in table #15 x x x “The Head Revisor observed / saw a rectangular lens on top of the ballots being reviewed by the party revisor for the protestant. The lens was confiscated by the security on duty” ;

2. Note several Incident Report(s) wherein there were discrepancies between the official count and the physical count of the ballots in numerous precincts in Iloilo ;

3. Note several Incident Report(s) wherein there were discrepancies between the physical count of the ballots and the election returns in numerous precincts in Iloilo ;

4. Note several Incident Report(s) regarding discrepancies in the counting of ballots in numerous precincts in Iloilo ;

5. Note several Incident Report(s) regarding tampering because of discrepancies in the signatures of the election officers in numerous precincts in Iloilo ;

(click here to see the 3 July 2018 Notice from the PET)

On 6 July 2018, BBM received an Opposition from Robredo, wherein she vehemently opposed the third Motion for Extension of Time filed by the Office of the Solicitor General (OSG) regarding the use of the 25% shading threshold in the ongoing recount proceedings.

(click here to see the 6 July 2018 Opposition from Robredo)

On 6 July 2018, BBM received a Notice from the COMELEC regarding the continuation of the election protests of Platon vs. Insular and Pantoja vs. Palacio.

(click here to see the 6 July 2018 Notice from the COMELEC)

On 6 July 2018, BBM received a Manifestation and Motion from the Office of the Solicitor General (OSG). As the “People’s Tribune”, the OSG stated that “the PET correctly ruled that it has ‘no basis to impose a 25% threshold in determining whether a vote is valid

(click here to see the 6 July 2018 Manifestation and Motion from the OSG)

On 6 July 2018, BBM filed a Strong Manifestation with Motion regarding the use of decrypted ballot images in lieu of the original paper ballots in numerous clustered precincts which have been the subject of Incident Reports in Camarines Sur and Iloilo.

BBM emphasized that the decrypted ballot images have been compromised.

As early as February 2018, BBM already expressed his reservations on the use of ballot images because of its dubious and highly questionable appearance. According to BBM, “It is undisputed that the original paper ballots used during the 2016 elections did not contain squares. Interestingly, however, a review of the decrypted ballot images from the pilot provinces of Camarines Sur, Iloilo and Negros Oriental confirms the presence of squares on the decrypted ballot images, specifically on the oval intended for protestee Robredo.”

Consequently, “the presence of these squares on the oval intended for protestee Robredo certainly proves that the decrypted ballot images are not faithful images of the original paper ballots used during the 2016 Elections. Hence, the same cannot be relied upon for purposes of the judicial recount and revision proceedings.

(click here to see the 6 July 2018 Manifestation with Motion from BBM)

After 105 weeks (or roughly 739 days) :

• The PET still has to complete the manual recount of votes from Camarines Sur

** there are ballot boxes remaining from 368 clustered precincts at the HRET due to the election protest of Luis R. Villafuerte vs. Gabriel H. Bordado

** there are ballot boxes remaining from 25 clustered precincts at the RTC due to the election protest of Carina Ramos-Polinga vs Sandy Ondis

** there are ballot boxes remaining from 10 clustered precincts at the COMELEC – RMAT from the municipalities of Buhi, Garchitorena, Iriga City, Minalabac, Nabua, Presentacion, Ragay and Tigaon

• The PET has begun the manual recount of votes from Iloilo
[per undertaking # 11 of 21]

After Camarines Sur & Iloilo, the remaining “pilot province” is Negros Oriental.

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The PET has yet to resolve the following matters :

1. Robredo’s Motion to Direct the Head Revisors to Apply the 25% threshold percentage in the revision, recount and re-appreciation of ballots

• On 10 April 2018, the PET denied Robredo’s Motion

(click here to see the 10 April 2018 Resolution from the PET)

• On 2 May 2018, Robredo filed an Urgent Motion for Reconsideration.

(click here to see the 2 May 2018 Urgent Motion from Robredo)

• In a Resolution dated 24 April 2018 but received on 17 May 2018, the PET required BBM and the COMELEC to comment on Robredo’s Urgent Motion for Reconsideration

(click here to see the 24 April 2018 Resolution from the PET)

• On 28 May 2018, BBM filed his Opposition

(click here to see the 28 May 2018 Opposition from BBM)

• On 7 July 2018, BBM received a Manifestation from the Office of the Solicitor General

(click here to see the 6 July 2018 Manifestation from the OSG)

2. Various incident reports regarding wet ballots, re-sealed ballot boxes and discrepancies in the physical count of ballots in Camarines Sur

• In several Resolutions, the PET :

> referred other matters to the the PET Commissioners

(click here to see the 24 April 2018 Resolutions from the PET)

3. COMELEC’s request to lift the Precautionary Protection Order (PPO) with respect to the Election Management System (EMS) Servers

• In a Resolution dated 17 April 2018 but received on 15 May 2018, the PET required BBM and Robredo to comment on COMELEC’s request

(click here to see the 17 April 2018 Resolution from the PET)

• On 25 May 2018, BBM filed his Opposition

(click here to see the 25 May 2018 Opposition from BBM)

To date, Robredo has NOT yet filed any comment regarding the above issue.

4. BBM’s Third Cause of Action

• In a Resolution dated 19 September 2017 but received on 2 October 2017, the PET required BBM to “STRICTLY COMPLY with the resolution dated August 29, 2017 directing him to identify his witnesses and the concerned clustered precincts subject of their testimonies within a FINAL and NON-EXTENDIBLE period of five (5) days from notice.”

(click here to see the 19 September 2017 Resolution from the PET)

• On 9 October 2017, BBM complied with the PET’s directive and submitted 7,356 names of witnesses for the provinces of Basilan, Lanao del Sur & Maguindanao.

(click here to see the 9 October 2017 Compliance from BBM)

> It is worth mentioning that on 11 September 2017, BBM had already submitted 171 names of potential witnesses to the PET

(click here to see the 11 September 2017 Compliance from BBM)

• In a Resolution dated 7 November 2017 but received on 24 November 2017, the PET “noted” BBM’s Compliance

(click here to see the 7 November 2017 Resolution from the PET)

Week 104: June 25 – July 1, 2018

On 25 June 2018, BBM received a Notice from the COMELEC regarding the appealed election cases of Tolin vs. Lim and Buzon vs. Literatus.

On 25 June 2018, BBM received a Notice from the COMELEC regarding the appealed election cases of Tolin vs. Lim and Buzon vs. Literatus. The Notice dismissed the election cases because the parties failed to pay the freight expenses for the transmittal of the ballot boxes to the COMELEC.

(click here to see the 25 June 2018 Notice from the COMELEC)

On 26 June 2018, BBM received a Manifestation from Robredo wherein she complained that one of BBM’s revisors brought a plastic magnifying glass inside the revision area.

(click here to see the 26 June 2018 Manifestation from Robredo)

Below is the ACTUAL photo of the “controversial” plastic magnifying glass :

After 104 weeks (or roughly 732 days) :

• The PET still has to complete the manual recount of votes from Camarines Sur

** there are ballot boxes remaining from 368 clustered precincts at the HRET due to the election protest of Luis R. Villafuerte vs. Gabriel H. Bordado

** there are ballot boxes remaining from 25 clustered precincts at the RTC due to the election protest of Carina Ramos-Polinga vs Sandy Ondis

** there are ballot boxes remaining from 10 clustered precincts at the COMELEC – RMAT from the municipalities of Buhi, Garchitorena, Iriga City, Minalabac, Nabua, Presentacion, Ragay and Tigaon

• The PET has begun the manual recount of votes from Iloilo
[per undertaking # 11 of 21]

After Camarines Sur & Iloilo, the remaining “pilot province” is Negros Oriental.

 – – – – –

The PET has yet to resolve the following matters :

1. Robredo’s Motion to Direct the Head Revisors to Apply the 25% threshold percentage in the revision, recount and re-appreciation of ballots

• On 10 April 2018, the PET denied Robredo’s Motion

(click here to see the 10 April 2018 Resolution from the PET)

• On 2 May 2018, Robredo filed an Urgent Motion for Reconsideration.

(click here to see the 2 May 2018 Urgent Motion from Robredo)

• In a Resolution dated 24 April 2018 but received on 17 May 2018, the PET required BBM and the COMELEC to comment on Robredo’s Urgent Motion for Reconsideration

(click here to see the 24 April 2018 Resolution from the PET)

• On 28 May 2018, BBM filed his Opposition

(click here to see the 28 May 2018 Opposition from BBM)

• On 1 June 2018, BBM received a Motion for Additional Time (15 days or until 11 June 2018) from the COMELEC

(click here to see the 1 June 2018 Motion from the COMELEC)

2. Various incident reports regarding wet ballots, re-sealed ballot boxes and discrepancies in the physical count of ballots in Camarines Sur

• In a Resolution dated 24 April 2018 but received on 17 May 2018, the PET :

> stated that the decryption of the ballot images shall commence after the revision of all the ballot boxes from Camarines Sur

> required the Municipal Treasurers to explain why the ballots were wet and/or damaged

> “noted” the rest of BBM’s incident reports

(click here to see the 24 April 2018 Resolution from the PET)

3. COMELEC’s request to lift the Precautionary Protection Order (PPO) with respect to the Election Management System (EMS) Servers

• In a Resolution dated 17 April 2018 but received on 15 May 2018, the PET required BBM and Robredo to comment on COMELEC’s request

(click here to see the 17 April 2018 Resolution from the PET)

• On 25 May 2018, BBM filed his Opposition

(click here to see the 25 May 2018 Opposition from BBM)

To date, Robredo has NOT yet filed any comment regarding the above issue.

4. BBM’s Third Cause of Action

• In a Resolution dated 19 September 2017 but received on 2 October 2017, the PET required BBM to “STRICTLY COMPLY with the resolution dated August 29, 2017 directing him to identify his witnesses and the concerned clustered precincts subject of their testimonies within a FINAL and NON-EXTENDIBLE period of five (5) days from notice.”

(click here to see the 19 September 2017 Resolution from the PET)

• On 9 October 2017, BBM complied with the PET’s directive and submitted 7,356 names of witnesses for the provinces of Basilan, Lanao del Sur & Maguindanao.

(click here to see the 9 October 2017 Compliance from BBM)

> It is worth mentioning that on 11 September 2017, BBM had already submitted 171 names of potential witnesses to the PET

(click here to see the 11 September 2017 Compliance from BBM)

• In a Resolution dated 7 November 2017 but received on 24 November 2017, the PET “noted” BBM’s Compliance

(click here to see the 7 November 2017 Resolution from the PET)

Week 103: June 18 – 24, 2018

On 20 June 2018, BBM received a Notice from the COMELEC regarding certain discrepancies in the on-going election protest of Tan vs. Hataman.

On 20 June 2018, BBM received a Notice from the COMELEC regarding certain discrepancies in the on-going election protest of Tan vs. Hataman.

(click here to see the 20 June 2018 Notice from the COMELEC)

After 103 weeks (or roughly 725 days) :

• The PET still has to complete the manual recount of votes from Camarines Sur

** there are ballot boxes remaining from 368 clustered precincts at the HRET due to the election protest of Luis R. Villafuerte vs. Gabriel H. Bordado

** there are ballot boxes remaining from 25 clustered precincts at the RTC due to the election protest of Carina Ramos-Polinga vs Sandy Ondis

** there are ballot boxes remaining from 10 clustered precincts at the COMELEC – RMAT from the municipalities of Buhi, Garchitorena, Iriga City, Minalabac, Nabua, Presentacion, Ragay and Tigaon

• The PET has begun the manual recount of votes from Iloilo
[per undertaking # 11 of 21]

After Camarines Sur & Iloilo, the remaining “pilot province” is Negros Oriental

Week 102: June 11 – 17, 2018

On 13 June 2018, BBM received a Letter from the COMELEC reiterating its request for the temporary custody of fifty-six (56) ballot boxes and other election-related documents from Calatagan, Batangas due to the pending appeal of Pantoja vs. Palacio.

On 13 June 2018, BBM received a Letter from the COMELEC reiterating its request for the temporary custody of fifty-six (56) ballot boxes and other election-related documents from Calatagan, Batangas due to the pending appeal of Pantoja vs. Palacio.

(click here to see the 13 June 2018 Letter from the COMELEC)

On 13 June 2018, BBM received a Letter from the COMELEC reiterating its request for the temporary custody of two (2) ballot boxes and other election-related documents from South Upi, Maguindanao due to to the pending appeal of Platon vs. Insular.

(click here to see the 13 June 2018 Letter from the COMELEC)

On 14 June 2018, BBM received a Notice from the COMELEC wherein it ordered the inventory and subsequent delivery to the PET of twenty-five (25) ballot boxes and other election-related documents from Siruma, Camarines Sur on 19 June 2018.

(click here to see the 14 June 2018 Notice from the COMELEC)

On 14 June 2018, BBM received a Notice from the COMELEC regarding the transfer of certain Secure Digital (SD) cards which were used during the May 2016 elections.

(click here to see the 14 June 2018 Notice from the COMELEC)

After 102 weeks (or roughly 718 days) :

• The PET still has to complete the manual recount of votes from Camarines Sur

** there are ballot boxes remaining from 368 clustered precincts at the HRET due to the election protest of Luis R. Villafuerte vs. Gabriel H. Bordado

** there are ballot boxes remaining from 25 clustered precincts at the RTC due to the election protest of Carina Ramos-Polinga vs Sandy Ondis

** there are ballot boxes remaining from 10 clustered precincts at the COMELEC – RMAT from the municipalities of Buhi, Garchitorena, Iriga City, Minalabac, Nabua, Presentacion, Ragay and Tigaon

• The PET has begun the manual recount of votes from Iloilo
[per undertaking # 11 of 21]

After Camarines Sur & Iloilo, the remaining “pilot province” is Negros Oriental

Week 101: June 4 – 10, 2018

On 4 June 2018, BBM received a Letter from the COMELEC informing him that the Commission will “access” the Memory Configuration Area in its Sta. Rosa, Laguna warehouse in order to repair “the damaged portion of the ceiling”.

On 4 June 2018, BBM received a Letter from the COMELEC informing him that the Commission will “access” the Memory Configuration Area in its Sta. Rosa, Laguna warehouse in order to repair “the damaged portion of the ceiling”.

(click here to see the 29 May 2018 Letter from the COMELEC)

After 101 weeks (or roughly 711 days) :

• The PET still has to complete the manual recount of votes from Camarines Sur

** there are ballot boxes remaining from 368 clustered precincts at the HRET due to the election protest of Luis R. Villafuerte vs. Gabriel H. Bordado

** there are ballot boxes remaining from 25 clustered precincts at the RTC due to the election protest of Carina Ramos-Polinga vs Sandy Ondis

** there are ballot boxes remaining from 10 clustered precincts at the COMELEC – RMAT from the municipalities of Buhi, Garchitorena, Iriga City, Minalabac, Nabua, Presentacion, Ragay and Tigaon

• The PET has begun the manual recount of votes from Iloilo
[per undertaking # 11 of 21]

After Camarines Sur & Iloilo, the remaining “pilot province” is Negros Oriental

Week 100: May 28 – June 3, 2018

On 28 May 2018, BBM filed his Comment / Opposition to Robredo’s Urgent Motion for Reconsideration with [respect] x x x to the 25% Percent Threshold Percentage in the x x x Appreciation of Ballots.

On 28 May 2018, BBM filed his Comment / Opposition to Robredo’s Urgent Motion for Reconsideration with [respect] x x x to the 25% Percent Threshold Percentage in the x x x Appreciation of Ballots.

It is BBM’s contention that Robredo is misleading the PET by insisting that the 25% shading threshold be applied in determining whether a vote should be counted or not.

Contrary to Robredo’s claim, there was never any categorical declaration in COMELEC Resolution No. 16-0600 saying that the 25% threshold would be applied to the revisors’ appreciation of ballots in an election protest. In fact, the said Resolution clearly stated that the 25% threshold would be applied only to the Random Manual Audit Teams (RMAT).

Under the current Revision and Preliminary Appreciation Guidelines of the Senate Electoral Tribunal (SET), “ballots with mark(s) or shade(s) [that are] less than 50% of the oval [will be] segregated and classified as stray.”  The SET Rule is analogous with Section 43 (l) of the 2010 PET Rules which likewise states that “marks or shades which are less than 50% of the oval shall not be considered as valid votes.”

If Robredo wanted to apply the 25% shading threshold, she should have moved for the amendment of Rule 43 (l) of the 2010 PET Rules at the earliest opportunity. Instead, she waited 2 whole years and filed her Motion right after the revision proceedings had began. She should not be allowed to change the rules of the game at this late stage.

(click here to see the 28 May 2018 Comment from BBM)

On 1 June 2018, BBM received a Motion from the COMELEC, requesting for 15 days additional time to comment on Robredo’s Urgent Motion for Reconsideration with [respect] x x x to the 25% Percent Threshold Percentage in the x x x Appreciation of Ballots.

(click here to see the 1 June 2018 Notice from the COMELEC)

After 100 weeks (or roughly 704 days), the PET :

• is manually recounting the votes for Camarines Sur
[per undertaking # 11 of 21]

After Camarines Sur, the remaining two (2)  “pilot province” are Iloilo & Negros Oriental.

Week 99: May 21 – 27, 2018

On 23 May 2018, BBM received a Notice from the COMELEC regarding the on-going election protest of Tan vs. Hataman.

On 23 May 2018, BBM received a Notice from the COMELEC regarding the on-going election protest of Tan vs. Hataman.

In the said Notice, the COMELEC resolved to :

1. Note the Letter from the SET confirming the recount proceedings on May 28 to 30, 2018;

2. Note the Letter from the HRET confirming the recount proceedings on May 31 to June 1, 2018;

3. Create four (4) Committees to conduct the recount proceedings for the pilot protested precincts;

4. Direct the Recount Committees to proceed to the SET and the HRET on the above-mentioned dates and complete the recount with dispatch. Each committee shall finish two (2) ballot boxes a day;

5. Direct the parties to send their respective revisors to the recount proceedings;

6. Direct the parties’ counsel of record to make sure that their revisors are punctual;

7. Remind the parties that only those wearing the proper ID Cards will be allowed entry to the revision area;

8. Inform the parties about the honorarium and meal allowance of various personnel;

9. Inform the parties of the security arrangements during the said recount;

10. Direct the protestant to coordinate with the respective tribunals regarding the miscellaneous expenses that will be incurred during the recount proceedings.

(click here to see the 23 May 2018 Notice from the COMELEC)

On 25 May 2018, BBM filed his Comment / Opposition to the COMELEC’s request that they be allowed to clone or back up the Election Management System Servers (EMS) used during the May 2016 elections.

BBM argued that since the EMS Servers are considered the core and/or brain in an automated election, tampering with the same would automatically erase any and all traces of “footprints” which were stored in the system. This is precisely why the PET issued a Precautionary Protection Order (PPO)— in order to safeguard the contents of the servers.

The question that needs to be raised, according to BBM, is “why would the COMELEC want to erase the information contained in the EMS?”

(click here to see the 25 May 2018 Comment / Opposition from BBM)

After 99 weeks (or roughly 697 days), the PET:

• is manually recounting the votes for Camarines Sur
[per undertaking # 11 of 21]

After Camarines Sur, the remaining two (2) “pilot province” are Iloilo & Negros Oriental.

Week 98: May 14 – 20, 2018

On 15 May 2018, BBM received a Notice from the PET requiring him and Robredo to Comment on the Manifestation and Motion of the COMELEC regarding the lifting of the Precautionary Protection Order (PPO) on the Election Management System Servers (EMS) used during the May 9, 2016 elections.

On 15 May 2018, BBM received a Notice from the PET requiring him and Robredo to Comment on the Manifestation and Motion of the COMELEC regarding the lifting of the Precautionary Protection Order (PPO) on the Election Management System Servers (EMS) used during the May 9, 2016 elections.

The PET further resolved to :

1. Note and Grant the request of the COMELEC Election Officer in Puerto Princesa City, Palawan to borrow the Book of Voters currently in the custody of the Tribunal for the recall petition against Vice Mayor Luis M. Marcaida III, provided that the verification be conducted within the premises of the Tribunal;

2. Note the Letter of the COMELEC Administrative Services specifying the list of boxes (canvassing kits) where Broadband Global Access Network (BGAN) units, GPRS modems and headphones may have been deposited after the May 2016 elections; and

3. Grant the request of the COMELEC that it be allowed to open the ballot boxes to enable them to retrieve and recover the missing or unreturned BGAN units, GPRS modems and headphones which were consigned to the various Boards of Canvassers during the May 2016 elections.

The PET also Authorized :

1. The conducting a Revision Training Seminar by the PET Ad Hoc Committee on April 5 and 6, 2018 at the Public Information Office in the Supreme Court building;

2. The attendance of twenty-five (25) participants for the said seminar;

3. The use of multi-media equipment for the duration of the seminar;

4. The PhP 16,900.- expenditure chargeable against the regular fund of the Tribunal;

5. The payment of PhP 16,900.- as part of the seminar expenses;

With respect to the hiring of contractual personnel, the Tribunal also Approved:

1. The hiring of 37 applicants in connection with BBM’s protest for an initial period of 6 months; and

2. The salary adjustment of the contractual lawyers for the Panel of Commissioners from PhP 30,000.- to PhP 50,000.- per month.

(click here to see the 15 May 2018 Notice from the PET)

On 15 May 2018, BBM received a Notice from the COMELEC informing the parties that the Voter’s Registration Records (VRRs) and the Election Day Computerized Voters List (EDCVLs) originating from the COMELEC’s Philpost Warehouse would be delivered on Wednesday, 22 May 2018. The parties were requested to witness the proceedings.

(click here to see the 15 May 2018 Notice from the COMELEC)

On 17 May 2018, BBM received a Notice from the PET, wherein it resolved to :

1. Authorize the travel of the PET Retrieval Team to Iloilo for the purpose of collecting the ballot boxes and other election paraphernalia from 2,740 clustered precincts on May 21 to May 25, 2018;

2. Authorize the PET Ad Hoc Committee to schedule the delivery of the ballot boxes and other election paraphernalia to the designated staging area in Iloilo;

3. Direct :

i. the City Municipal Treasurers and Election Officers in Iloilo to deliver all the ballot boxes and other election paraphernalia to the designated staging area in Iloilo;

ii. the Senate Electoral Tribunal (SET) to deliver the ballot boxes and other election paraphernalia from Iloilo to the PET office in Manila; and

iii. the COMELEC and the House of Representatives Electoral Tribunal (HRET) to deliver the ballot boxes still in their possession (ie : 368 from HRET and 38 from the COMELEC) from Camarines Sur to the PET office in Manila;

4. Direct the PNP Iloilo Police Provincial Officer as well as the Chiefs of Police in Iloilo to provide adequate police security during the transporting of the ballot boxes and other election paraphernalia to the designated staging area in Iloilo;

5. Direct the Chief of Police of Manila to provide adequate police security during the transporting of the ballot boxes and other election and paraphernalia from Manila Port Area to the SC-CA gymnasium;

6. Authorize the PET Retrieval Team to reimburse the cost of transportation and trucking expenses incurred by Municipal/City Treasurers/ Election Officers in connection with the delivery & collection of the ballot boxes and other election paraphernalia in Iloilo;

7. Authorize the Philippine Postal Corporation (Philpost) to be the official “door-to-door” carrier for transporting the ballot boxes and other election paraphernalia from Iloilo to the SC-CA gymnasium;

8. Authorize the PET Clerk to enter into a contract of carriage with Philpost for the above mentioned purpose;

9. Authorize the PET Retrieval Team to augment the wages of the PET ballot box handlers and to hire 15 local haulers during the retrieval period;

10. Grant the expense request of the Retrieval Team in the estimated amount of PhP 10,457,916.32 for the above mentioned collection activity in Iloilo.

The PET further resolved to :

1. Note the Second Manifestation of Grave Concern of Robredo;

2. Require BBM and the COMELEC to comment on Robredo’s Urgent Motion for Reconsideration x x x to Use 25% Threshold Percentage in the Revision, Recount and Re-Appreciation of Ballotswithin 10 days from notice;

3. Note without Action the Letter from Atty. George Erwin M. Garcia in view of the above requirement to file their Comments thereon;

4. Note the Counter-Manifestation (to Robredo’s Second Manifestation of Grave Concern) of BBM;

5. Note & Grant the Letter – request of Atty. Maria Bernadette V. Sardillo that the compact disks (CDs) they provided the COMELEC during the decryption activity be returned to them;

6. Direct the Clerk of the Tribunal to turn over the above mentioned CDs to Robredo’s counsel;

7. Require Robredo’s counsel to coordinate with the Tribunal’s Clerk for the turnover of the above mentioned CDs;

8. Note the Incident Report relative to the alleged inappropriate behavior of Atty. Joan M. Padilla and admonish her not to talk to any of the head revisors and not to disrupt the revision process in general;

9. Note several Incident Reports regarding wet ballots, missing Election Returns (ERs) and Voters’ Receipts (VRs) and other discrepancies in Camarines Sur;  Per the PET, the revision of the decrypted ballot images shall be done only after the revision of all the ballot boxes from Camarines Sur currently in the custody of the PET;

10. Require the Municipal Treasurers to explain, within 10 days from notice, why the ballots were wet and/or damaged;

11. Note the Incident Report dated 2 April 2018 regarding to the re-opening of ballot boxes in Barangay San Isidro, Camarines Sur;

12. Note the Incident Report dated 10 April 2018 regarding the re-opening of ballot boxes in Barangay San Isidro, Camarines Sur;

13. Note the Incident Report dated 10 April 2018 regarding wet ballots, re-sealed ballot boxes in Santo Niño, Sagñay, Camarines Sur;

14. Note the Incident Report dated 13 April 2018 relative to the physical counting of valid votes in Bula, Camarines Sur;

15. Note & Grant COMELEC’s request to access the Memory Configuration Area at its Sta. Rosa Warehouse to effect repairs, provided it be conducted in the presence of the PET representatives and the parties; and

16. Note the Memorandum of the PET Commissioners in connection with Robredo’s Manifestation of Grave Concern and Affirm the findings of the PET Commissioners that the actions of the Head Revisors complained of by Robredo were in conformity with the PET Revision Guidelines.

(click here to see the 17 May 2018 Notice from the PET)

On 18 May 2018, BBM received a Notice from the COMELEC directing several election officers from Akbar, Basilan to explain why the ballots and other election documents in various clustered precincts have not yet been delivered;

(click here to see the 18 May 2018 Notice from the COMELEC)

After 98 weeks (or roughly 690 days), the PET:

• has begun the manual recounting of votes for Camarines Sur
[per undertaking # 11 of 21]

After Camarines Sur, the remaining two (2) “pilot province” are Iloilo & Negros Oriental.

Week 97: May 7 – 13, 2018

On 8 May 2018, BBM received a Notice from the COMELEC approving the request of the PET to secure Certified True Copies of the Election Returns in the provinces of Camarines Sur, Iloilo & Negros Oriental.

On 8 May 2018, BBM received a Notice from the COMELEC approving the request of the PET to secure Certified True Copies of the Election Returns in the provinces of Camarines Sur, Iloilo & Negros Oriental. The photocopying of these ERs has been scheduled for Wednesday, 16 May 2018 at the COMELEC offices in Intramuros.

(click here to see the 8 May 2018 Notice from the COMELEC)

On 11 May 2018, BBM received a Notice from the COMELEC allowing protestant Abdusakur Tan to utilize his unused cash deposit to pay for the Technical Examination fees relative to the election protest of Tan vs. Hataman. The COMELEC likewise issued a directive saying that the technical examination involving 167 clustered precincts in the aforementioned election protest be completed within 6 months.

(click here to see the 11 May 2018 Notice from the COMELEC)

After 97 weeks (or roughly 683 days), the PET:

• has begun the manual recounting of votes for Camarines Sur
[per undertaking # 11 of 21]

After Camarines Sur, the remaining two (2) “pilot province” are Iloilo & Negros Oriental.

Week 96: April 30 – May 6, 2018

On 2 May 2018, BBM received Robredo’s Compliance [to the Show Cause Order issued by the PET] and said that she never violated the sub judice ruling issued by the High Tribunal.

On 2 May 2018, BBM received Robredo’s Compliance [to the Show Cause Order issued by the PET] and said that she never violated the sub judice ruling issued by the High Tribunal.

(click here to see the 2 May 2018 Compliance from Robredo)

On 2 May 2018, BBM received Robredo’s Motion for Reconsideration wherein she again asked the PET to adopt the “25% shading threshold used by the COMELEC” in the revision, recounting and re-appreciation of ballots.

(click here to see the 2 May 2018 Motion from Robredo)

After 96 weeks (or roughly 676 days), the PET:

• is manually recounting the votes for Camarines Sur
[per undertaking # 11 of 21]

After Camarines Sur, the remaining two (2) “pilot province” are Iloilo & Negros Oriental.

Week 95: April 23 – 29, 2018

On 23 April 2018, BBM filed a Counter-Manifestation in which he repudiated the false and malicious accusations of Robredo against one of his counsels, Atty. Joan Padilla.

On 23 April 2018, BBM filed a Counter-Manifestation in which he repudiated the false and malicious accusations of Robredo against one of his counsels, Atty. Joan Padilla. BBM said Robredo’s camp wrongfully accused Atty. Padilla of disrupting the revision proceedings on 13 April 2018 – especially since she couldn’t provide the PET with any formal Complaint or any written Affidavit from any of the PET representatives or any of the party revisors who were actually present in the revision area.

(click here to see the 23 April 2018 Counter – Manifestation from BBM)

On 23 April 2018, BBM filed his Compliance [to the Show Cause Order issued by the PET] and explained why he should not be cited in contempt as a result of the sub judice ruling issued by the High Tribunal.

BBM stated that he has been mindful of the sub judice rule and that he did not make any comment or disclosure pertaining to the revision proceedings which may be construed as prejudicing the issue, influencing the court and/or obstructing the administration of justice.

He explained that when the media interviewed him during the first day of revision, his statements were limited to his personal observations and that the same was not intended violate the directives of the Tribunal.

As for the statements of BBM’s spokesperson, Atty. Victor Rodriguez, BBM stressed they were compelled to clarify the misleading pronouncements and opinions of Robredo’s lawyers.

(click here to see the 23 April 2018 Compliance from BBM)

On 24 April 2018, BBM received a Letter from the COMELEC wherein it sought the guidance of the PET on whether or not it could continue with the election appeal case of Pantoja vs. Palacio in Calatagan, Batangas.

(click here to see the 24 April 2018 Letter from the COMELEC)

On 26 April 2018, BBM received a Notice from the COMELEC granting the Motion to Conduct Technical Examination (of the Voter’s Signatures and Thumbmarks Appearing on the EDCVL and VRRs in the Pilot Protested Clustered Precincts) filed by protestant Abdulsakur M. Tan in the election protest of Tan vs. Hataman.

 (click here to see the 26 April 2018 Notice from the COMELEC)

After 95 weeks (or roughly 669 days), the PET:

• is manually recounting the votes for Camarines Sur
[per undertaking # 11 of 21]

After Camarines Sur, the remaining two (2) “pilot province” are Iloilo & Negros Oriental.

Week 94: April 16 – 22, 2018

On 17 April 2018, BBM received a Manifestation from the COMELEC wherein it asked the PET to lift the Precautionary Protection Order (PPO) on the Election Management System Servers (EMS) used during the May 9, 2016 national and local elections because the said servers will be used in the May 13, 2019 elections.

On 17 April 2018, BBM received a Manifestation from the COMELEC wherein it asked the PET to lift the Precautionary Protection Order (PPO) on the Election Management System Servers (EMS) used during the May 9, 2016 national and local elections because the said servers will be used in the May 13, 2019 elections. The COMELEC further asked the PET if they could:

• have the EMS data backed-up and / or cloned in the presence of the PET representatives and other parties;

• remove the EMS hard drive in the presence of the PET representatives and other parties and turn over the same to the PET.

(click here to see the 17 April 2018 Manifestation from the COMELEC)

On 20 April 2018, BBM received a Manifestation from Robredo wherein she accused one of BBM’s counsels, Atty. Joan Padilla, of disrupting the revision proceedings on 13 April 2018.

(click here to see the 20 April 2018 Manifestation from Robredo)

After 94 weeks (or roughly 662 days), the PET:

• is manually recounting the votes for Camarines Sur
[per undertaking # 11 of 21]

After Camarines Sur, the remaining two (2) “pilot province” are Iloilo & Negros Oriental.

Week 93: April 9 – April 15, 2018

On 11 April 2018, Robredo filed a Manifestation of Grave Concern with the PET stating that she was not allowed to claim four (4) ballots which were shaded in her favor because the same were inside the envelope for unused/excess ballots.

On 11 April 2018, Robredo filed a Manifestation of Grave Concern with the PET stating that she was not allowed to claim four (4) ballots which were shaded in her favor because the same were inside the envelope for unused/excess ballots.

(click here to see the 11 April 2018 Manifestation of Grave Concern from Robredo)

On 13 April 2018, BBM received a Notice from the PET wherein it resolved to :

1. Deny Robredo’s Urgent Ex Parte Motion to Direct the Head Revisors to Apply the Correct Threshold Percentage as Set by the Commission on Elections in the Revision, Recount and Re-Appreciation of the Ballots, in order to expedite the proceedings.

The PET said that it “is not aware of any COMELEC Resolution that states the applicability of a 25% threshold; and that the Tribunal cannot treat the Random Manual Audit Guidelines and Report as proof of the threshold used by the COMELEC.

The PET like wise stated that it has “no basis to impose a 25% threshold in determining whether a vote is valid”, and that “protestee’s claim of a systematic reduction of her votes is without basis and shows a misunderstanding of the revision process.

2.Direct the parties to Show Cause and Explain, within 10 days from receipt of Noticewhy they should not be cited in contempt for violating the sub judice rule as ordered by the Tribunal; and

3. Note Robredo’s Manifestation of Grave Concern and Refer the same to the PET Commissioners for appropriate action.

(click here to see the 13 April 2018 Notice from the PET)

After 93 weeks (or roughly 655 days), the PET:

• is manually recounting the votes for Camarines Sur
[per undertaking # 11 of 21]

After Camarines Sur, the remaining two (2) “pilot province” are Iloilo & Negros Oriental.

Week 92: April 2 – April 8, 2018

On 2 April 2018, BBM received a Letter from the COMELEC wherein it requested guidance from the Senate Electoral Tribunal [SET] regarding the continuation of proceedings in the election protest of Platon vs. Insular.

On 2 April 2018, BBM received a Letter from the COMELEC wherein it requested guidance from the Senate Electoral Tribunal [SET] regarding the continuation of proceedings in the election protest of Platon vs. Insular.

(click here to see the 2 April 2018 Letter from the COMELEC)

On 4 April 2018, BBM received a Letter from the COMELEC wherein it acknowledged receiving certain directives relative to the retrieval of ballot boxes as well as the continuation of proceedings in the election protests of Tolin vs. Lim and Buzon vs. Literatus in Salug, Zamboanga del Norte.

(click here to see the 4 April 2018 Letter from the COMELEC)

After 92 weeks (or roughly 648 days), the PET:

• has begun the manual recounting of votes for Camarines Sur
[per undertaking # 11 of 21]

After Camarines Sur, the remaining two (2) “pilot province” are Iloilo & Negros Oriental.

Week 91: March 26 – April 1, 2018

On 26 March 2018, BBM received a Letter from the COMELEC acknowledging the 23 March 2018 Notice from the PET regarding the continuation of the certain proceedings / appealed cases before the COMELEC.

On 26 March 2018, BBM received a Letter from the COMELEC acknowledging the 23 March 2018 Notice from the PET regarding the continuation of the certain proceedings / appealed cases before the COMELEC.

(click here to see the 26 March 2018 Letter from the COMELEC)

After 91 weeks (or roughly 641 days), we are still waiting for the PET:

• to begin the manual recounting of votes for Camarines Sur, Iloilo & Negros Oriental
[per undertaking # 11 of 21]

Week 90: March 19 – 25, 2018

On 23 March 2018, BBM received a Notice from the PET informing the parties that the revision of ballots for Camarines Sur will commence on 2 April 2018.  The PET further stated that :

On 23 March 2018, BBM received a Notice from the PET informing the parties that the revision of ballots for Camarines Sur will commence on 2 April 2018.  The PET further stated that :

• there would only be forty (40) revision teams (instead of the original fifty (50) teams required by the tribunal;

• the parties could designate a maximum of ten (10) party supervisors and ten (10) counsels for accreditation provided that only two (2) supervisors and one (1) counsel for each of the parties shall be allowed in the revision area at any given time;

• the parties should submit the names, addresses and ID photos of their respective :

• fifty (50) party revisors

• ten (10) alternate revisors

• ten (10) party supervisors

• ten (10) party counsels

so they could be accredited by the Clerk of the Tribunal;

• the parties should strictly comply with the PET Revisor’s Guide;

• the parties should strictly observe the sub judice

The PET further resolved to :

1. Note the Letter of the Assistant Court Administrator and Chief of Public Information Office asking if the recount could be covered by the media. The Tribunal said that the recount was not open for coverage since only the PET’s representatives, the parties and their representatives are allowed inside the revision area;

2. Note the Letter of the COMELEC Division Clerk of Court in connection with some of the appealed cases in Salug, Zamboanga del Norteand Allow the COMELEC to continue with the proceedings;

3. Note the Letter of the COMELEC Division Clerk of Court relative to the election protest of Asmandun vs. Hajiri and Allow the COMELEC to continue with the proceedings;

4. Note the Letter of Atty. Jose M. Tolentino and Grant the request to borrow the Book of Voters currently in the custody of the PET provided that the same will not be taken out of the Tribunal’s premises;

5. Note the Memorandum of the Provincial Election Supervisor of Camarines Sur relative to the COMELEC’s Resolution directing him to secure authority from the PET and the SET prior to the removal of files and documents covered by the Precautionary Protection Order of the said Tribunals and to :

a. Authorize the transfer of documents and other election paraphernalia to the Office of the Provincial Treasurer during the repair and renovation of the Office of the Provincial Election Supervisor;

b. Direct the Provincial Treasurer of Camarines Sur to temporarily take custody of the said election documents;

c. Authorize the re-taking of the custody of the said election documents after completion of the repair and renovation of the Office of the Provincial Election Supervisor; and

d. Direct the Provincial Election Supervisor to inform the PET of the status of these activities.

6. Note the Memorandum of the Acting Administrative Officer on the hiring of various contractual personnel;

7. Note the Memorandum of the Acting Administrative Officer and adjust the rate of the Head Revisor to PhP 1,260.- per day and accordingly amend the Compensation of the Revision Committees under the PET Rules.

(click here to see the 23 March 2018 Notice from the PET)

After 90 weeks (or roughly 634 days), we are still waiting for the PET:

• to begin the manual recounting of votes for Camarines Sur, Iloilo & Negros Oriental
[per undertaking # 11 of 21]

Week 89: March 12 – 18, 2018

On 12 March 2018, BBM received a Notice from the COMELEC informing the parties that the recount of ballots in the election protest case of Tan vs. Hataman will commence on 4 April 2018.

On 12 March 2018, BBM received a Notice from the COMELEC informing the parties that the recount of ballots in the election protest case of Tan vs. Hataman will commence on 4 April 2018. It also directed the parties to observe proper guidelines during the recount proceedings.

(click here to see the 12 March 2018 Notice from the COMELEC)

On 13 March 2018, BBM received a Notice from the COMELEC which “noted” the Minutes of the Inventory and Sealing of Ballot Boxes and other Election Documents in Taraka, Lanao del Sur relative to the election protest of Tan vs. Hataman.

(click here to see the 13 March 2018 Notice from the COMELEC)

On 14 March 2018, BBM received a Letter from the COMELEC requesting for temporary custody of the ballot boxes in some of the clustered precincts in Languyan, Tawi-Tawi because the same were also involved in the election protest of Ajihil vs. Sahali.

(click here to see the 14 March 2018 Letter from the COMELEC)

After 89 weeks (or roughly 627 days), we are still waiting for the PET:

• to begin the manual recounting of votes for Camarines Sur, Iloilo & Negros Oriental
[per undertaking # 11 of 21]

Week 88: March 5 – 11, 2018

On 5 March 2018, BBM received a Notice from the PET regarding the expenses of the Exploratory Mission / Retrieval Team for  Iloilo and Negros Oriental; The PET resolved to :

On 5 March 2018, BBM received a Notice from the PET regarding the expenses of the Exploratory Mission / Retrieval Team for  Iloilo and Negros Oriental; The PET resolved to :

1. Authorize an Alternate Security Officer to accompany the Exploratory Mission Team to Iloilo and Negros Oriental; and

2. Authorize the payment of an additional PhP 66,670.- to cover the travel expenses of the said Alternate Security Officer.

The PET further resolved to :

1. Approve the hiring of contractual Head Revisors for an initial period of 6 months at the rate of PhP 1,260.- per clustered precinct and ballot box.  The appointment of the said Head Revisors shall depend on the outcome of their psychological examination and training.

 (click here to see the 5 March 2018 Notice from the PET)

After 88 weeks (or roughly 620 days), we are still waiting for the PET:

• to begin the manual recounting of votes for Camarines Sur, Iloilo & Negros Oriental
[per undertaking # 11 of 21]

Week 87: February 26 – March 4, 2018

On 1 March 2018, BBM filed a Manifestation saying that since he did not have any pending motion with the PET, he was not in a position to file a similar “non delaying” Motion like Robredo.

On 1 March 2018, BBM filed a Manifestation saying that since he did not have any pending motion with the PET, he was not in a position to file a similar “non delaying” Motion like Robredo.

(click here to see the 1 March 2018 Manifestation from BBM)

After 87 weeks (or roughly 613 days), we are still waiting for the PET:

• to begin the manual recounting of votes for Camarines Sur, Iloilo & Negros Oriental
[per undertaking # 11 of 21]

Week 86: February 19 – 25, 2018

On 21 February 2018, BBM received a Notice from the PET wherein it required BBM to comment on Robredo’s Motionto Withdraw Any and All Pending Motions Which May Delay Recount Proceedings.

On 21 February 2018, BBM received a Notice from the PET wherein it required BBM to comment on Robredo’s Motionto Withdraw Any and All Pending Motions Which May Delay Recount Proceedings.

The PET also stated that “considering that the revision process is about to commence, the Tribunal DIRECTS both protestant and protestee to observe the sub judice rule.”

The PET further resolved to Note the Report of the Head of the Retrieval Team:

1. informing them of the termination of the retrieval activity in Camarines Sur;

2. as well as Grant the request for the following:

a. issuance of an Authority to Travel to Iloilo [from February 22 to 26, 2018] and to Negros Oriental [from February 27 to March 3, 2018] for the members of the exploratory team; and

b. approval of the expenses for the exploratory mission in the amount of PhP 292,780.-, the same to be charged against the cash deposit of BBM.

(click here to see the 21 February 2018 Notice from the PET)

After 86 weeks (or roughly 606 days), we are still waiting for the PET:

• to begin the manual recounting of votes for Camarines Sur, Iloilo & Negros Oriental
[per undertaking # 11 of 21]