ELECTION PROTEST

Weekly Updates

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]

 

Week 85: February 12 – 18, 2018

On 13 February 2018, BBM received a Manifestation from the COMELEC wherein it approved the pull-out of equipment and other election materials located at their warehouse in Sta. Rosa, Laguna.

On 13 February 2018, BBM received a Manifestation from the COMELEC wherein it approved the pull-out of equipment and other election materials located at their warehouse in Sta. Rosa, Laguna.

(click here to see the 13 February 2018 Manifestation from the COMELEC)

On 15 February 2018, BBM received a Motion from Robredo stating that “if there exists in the records of the Tribunal any such [delaying] motion, the same should be considered as duly abandoned or withdrawn.”

(click here to see the 15 February 2018 Motion from Robredo)

After 85 weeks (or roughly 599 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 84: February 5 – 11, 2018

On 5 February 2018, BBM received a Letter from the COMELEC regarding the change in the number of precincts in Tuburan, Basilan relative to the election protest of Tan vs. Hataman.

On 5 February 2018, BBM received a Letter from the COMELEC regarding the change in the number of precincts in Tuburan, Basilan relative to the election protest of Tan vs. Hataman.

(click here to see the 5 February 2018 Letter from the COMELEC)

On 9 February 2018, BBM received a Letter from the COMELEC informing him about the inventory of 24 contested precincts in Taraka, Lanao del Sur relative to the election protest case of Tan vs. Hataman.

(click here to see the 9 February 2018 Letter from the COMELEC)

After 84 weeks (or roughly 592 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 83: January 29 – February 4, 2018

On 29 January 2018, BBM received a Letter from the COMELEC informing him about the inventory of 10 ballot boxes  in Lamitan City, Basilan relative to the election protest of Tan vs. Hataman.

On 29 January 2018, BBM received a Letter from the COMELEC informing him about the inventory of 10 ballot boxes  in Lamitan City, Basilan relative to the election protest of Tan vs. Hataman.

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

On 29 January 2018, BBM received a Letter from the COMELEC informing him about the inventory of 7 ballot boxes in Tabuan-Lasa, Basilan relative to the election protest case of Tan vs. Hataman.

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

On 31 January 2018, BBM received a Notice from the PET, which resolved to :

1. Note without Action BBM’s Reiterative Motion to turn over all the official and authenticated copies of the decrypted and printed ballot images and other election for all the protested clustered precincts of Camarines Sur, Iloilo and Negros Oriental in view of its previous Resolutiondated 17 January 2018 which allowed BBM to secure photocopies or soft copies of the same;

2. Note without Action the Caloocan City Treasurer’s Letter requesting the transfer of certain ballot boxes to the COMELEC CIBU Building in Caloocan City.

The PET further resolved to :

1. Authorize the Retrieval Team assigned in Camarines Surto:

a. Augment the PET personnel by hiring twenty (20) local field handlers;

b. Charter a bus to transport the PET, PNP and other Supreme Court security personnel;

c. Hire a motor vehicle to mobilize the above personnel as well as 2 additional drivers, if necessary; and

2. Approve the supplemental budget of PhP 112,500.- for the above undertakings.

(click here to see the 31 January 2018 Notice from the PET)

On 31 January 2018, BBM received a Notice from the PET, which resolved to :

1. Note the Report of the Retrieval Team Leader regarding the delivery date of the ballot boxes from Camarines Sur;

2. Note the Report of the Office of the Chief Attorney regarding the use of an alternative staging area for the ballot boxes from Camarines Sur;

3. Direct the Process Servicing Unit to resend their Resolutions to certain persons in Naga City and Lucena City;

4. Note and Grant the following:

i. Letter from BBM’s counsel requesting that his official representatives be allowed to observe the retrieval activities in Camarines Sur.

ii. Letter from Robredo’s counsel requesting that her official representatives be allowed to observe the retrieval activities in Camarines Sur.

(click here to see the 31 January 2018 Notice from the PET)

On 31 January 2018, BBM received a Letter from the COMELEC informing him about the inventory of 24 ballot boxes in Buli-Buli Sumisip, Basilan relative to the election protest case of Tan vs. Hataman.

(click here to see the 31 January 2018 Letter from the COMELEC)

After 83 weeks (or roughly 585 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 82: January 22 – 28, 2018

On 26 January 2018, BBM received a Notice from the Senate Electoral Tribunal [SET] regarding the  decryption proceedings in the election protest of Tolentino vs. De Lima;

On 26 January 2018, BBM received a Notice from the Senate Electoral Tribunal [SET] regarding the  decryption proceedings in the election protest of Tolentino vs. De Lima;

(click here to see the 26 January 2018 Notice from the SET)

After 82 weeks (or roughly 578 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 81: January 15 – 21, 2018

On 16 January 2018, BBM received a Notice from the House of Representatives Electoral Tribunal [HRET] regarding the decryption proceedings in the election protest of Padilla vs. Cuaresma.

On 16 January 2018, BBM received a Notice from the House of Representatives Electoral Tribunal [HRET] regarding the decryption proceedings in the election protest of Padilla vs. Cuaresma.

(click here to see the 16 January 2018 Notice from the HRET)

On 17 January 2018, BBM received a Notice from the PET which resolved to :

1. Allow BBM to secure soft copies of the decrypted ballot images, election returns and audit logs of Camarines Sur, Iloilo and Negros Oriental subject to incidental costs. However, the official, printed and authenticated copies would be retained by the PET.

The PET further resolved to :

1. Deny BBM’s Partial Motion for Reconsideration to reverse the PET’s decision to grant Robredo’s Motion to secure soft copies of the decrypted ballot images and other reports of Camarines Sur, Iloilo and Negros Oriental;

2. Note the Letter from COMELEC regarding the election appeal case of Yusoph vs. Lajid;

3. Note and Grant the Letter from COMELEC regarding the transfer of certain ballot boxes involving Tabaco City;

4. Note the Memorandum regarding the compensation of the Head Revisor, among others;

5. Note the Memorandum to Hire one (1) Contractual Registered Psychometrician with a monthly salary of PhP40,000.- for an initial period of 3 month;.

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

On 17 January 2018, BBM received a Notice from the COMELEC informing the parties in the election protest of Daoaten vs. Biscarra that it would proceed with the retrieval of ballot boxes and other election material in Luba, Abra;

(click here to see the 17 January 2018 Notice from the COMELEC)

On 18 January 2018, BBM received a Notice from the COMELEC informing the parties in the election protest of Tan vs. Hataman that it turn over the ballot boxes and other election material to the COMELEC-Philpost Warehouse in Port Area, Manila;

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

After 81 weeks (or roughly 571 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 80: January 8 – 14, 2018

On 10 January 2018, BBM filed a Motion reiterating his request to turnover all the official and authenticated copies of the decrypted and printed ballot images, election returns and audit logs for all the protested clustered precincts of Camarines Sur, Iloilo and Negros Oriental.

On 10 January 2018, BBM filed a Motion reiterating his request to turnover all the official and authenticated copies of the decrypted and printed ballot images, election returns and audit logs for all the protested clustered precincts of Camarines Sur, Iloilo and Negros Oriental.

(click here to see the 10 January 2018 Motion from BBM)

On 11 January 2018, BBM received an Omnibus Motion from Robredo for clarification of the Resolution dated 05 December 2017.  She also asked that the parties and their representatives be allowed to examine and escort the ballot boxes and other election materials of Camarines Sur during the retrieval activity scheduled by the PET from January 23 to January 26, 2018.

(click here to see the 11 January 2018 Motion from Robredo)

After 80 weeks (or roughly 564 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 79: January 1 – 7, 2018

No significant developments

No significant developments

After 79 weeks (or roughly 557 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 78: December 25 – 31, 2017

No significant developments

No significant developments

After 78 weeks (or roughly 550 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 77: December 18 – 24, 2017

On 20 December 2017, BBM received a Letter from the COMELEC wherein it requested from the House of Representatives Electoral Tribunal (HRET) temporary prior custody of election materials and paraphernalia of 13 clustered precincts of Languyan, Tawi-Tawi relative to the election protest of Tan vs. Hataman.

On 20 December 2017, BBM received a Letter from the COMELEC wherein it requested from the House of Representatives Electoral Tribunal (HRET) temporary prior custody of election materials and paraphernalia of 13 clustered precincts of Languyan, Tawi-Tawi relative to the election protest of Tan vs. Hataman.

(click here to see the 20 December 2017 Letter from COMELEC)

On 22 December 2017, BBM received a Notice from the PET, which resolved to Note Robredo’s Reply regarding BBM’s Comment/Opposition to her Motion to secure soft copies of the decrypted Secured Digital cards of Camarines Sur, Iloilo and Negros Oriental.

With respect to the Exploratory Mission/Retrieval Team, the PET further resolved to :

1. Authorize certain personnel of the PET Retrieval Team to travel to Camarines Sur on 22 January 2018 to begin the collection of ballot boxes and other election materials and paraphernalia from the 1,813 clustered precincts of Camarines Sur. The said Retrieval Team shall be housed at Villa del Rey Hotel if available, otherwise, the CBD Plaza Hotel will serve as an alternate;

2. Direct all City and Municipal Treasurers and Election Officers to deliver on a specific schedule, the ballot boxes and other election materials and paraphernalia regardless of any pending election protest/case before the HRET, SET, COMELEC or any trial court to the designated staging area/hub of the PET Retrieval Team at Camarines Sur Convention Center, Capitol Complex in Cadlan, Pili, Camarines Sur or if Camarines Sur Convention Center is unavailable, at the Freedom Sports Complex of DepEd – Region V Division office;

3. Direct the Regional Trial Court judges before whom any election protest involving the clustered precincts of the Municipalities of Siruma and Calabanga are pending to release, with proper receipt and notice to the parties, the ballot boxes and other election materials and paraphernalia to the PET Retrieval Team in Camarines Sur;

4. Direct the PNP Camarines Sur Police Provincial Officer and the respective Chiefs of Police of the cities and municipalities of Camarines Sur to provide adequate police security and escort when the ballot boxes and other election materials and paraphernalia are transported to the PET Retrieval Team’s staging area/hub;

5. Direct the PNP Provincial Director and respective Chiefs of Police of the cities and municipalities of Quezon Province, San Pablo, Laguna and Santo Tomas, Batangas to provide adequate police route security and escort or security measures when the convoy of trucks carrying the ballot boxes and other election materials and paraphernalia enters into and passes by their respective areas of jurisdiction in going to Manila from Camarines Sur;

6. Designate the Philippine Postal Corporation (Philpost) as the official carrier for transporting, on a door-to-door basis, the ballot boxes and other election materials and paraphernalia from Camarines Sur to the Supreme Court-Court of Appeals Gymnasium at the Supreme Court Compound in Ermita, Manila;

7. Authorize the Clerk of PET, Atty. Felipa B. Anama, to enter into a contract of carriage with the Philpost relative to the transport of the ballot boxes and other election materials and paraphernalia from Camarines Sur to the Supreme Court Compound; and

8. Grant the PET Retrieval Team an estimated amount of P9,619,223.73 for the retrieval activity in Camarines Sur chargeable to BBM’s cash deposit.

(click here to see the 22 December 2017 Notice from PET)

After 77 weeks (or roughly 543 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 76: December 11 – 17, 2017

On 14 December 2017, BBM received a Notice from the COMELEC wherein it informed the parties that the ballot boxes containing the Secured Digital (SD) cards of the May 9, 2016 National and Local Elections will be transferred from the COMELEC Project Management Office in Palacio del Gobernador, Intramuros to 3rd Floor, Casa Rocha Building, Intramuros from December 27 to 29, 2017.

On 14 December 2017, BBM received a Notice from the COMELEC wherein it informed the parties that the ballot boxes containing the Secured Digital (SD) cards of the May 9, 2016 National and Local Elections will be transferred from the COMELEC Project Management Office in Palacio del Gobernador, Intramuros to 3rd Floor, Casa Rocha Building, Intramuros from December 27 to 29, 2017.

(click here to see the 14 December 2017 Notice from COMELEC)

After 76 weeks (or roughly 536 days), we are still waiting for the PET :

to issue a Retrieval Order  [per undertaking # 7 of 21]

Note that on 29 August 2017, the PET resolved to Partially Grant [BBM’s] Motion for Retrieval only insofar as all [the] precincts in the provinces of Camarines Sur, Iloilo and Negros Oriental are concerned.” [per item “C” of the Resolution]

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

Week 75: December 4 – 10, 2017

On 4 December 2017, BBM filed his Partial Motion for Reconsideration of the PET’s Resolution that granted Robredo’s Motion to secure soft copies of the ballot images and other reports from the Decryption proceedings for all the pilot precincts of BBM.

On 4 December 2017, BBM filed his Partial Motion for Reconsideration of the PET’s Resolution that granted Robredo’s Motion to secure soft copies of the ballot images and other reports from the Decryption proceedings for all the pilot precincts of BBM.

(click here to see the 4 December 2017 Motion from BBM)

On 5 December 2017, BBM received a Reply from Robredo wherein she claimed that BBM cannot fault her for non-payment of the decryption fee that was required by the COMELEC under its Order of Payment.

(click here to see the 5 December 2017 Reply from Robredo)

On 5 December 2017, BBM received a Letter from the COMELEC regarding the Order of Payment for the Decryption and Printingof Ballot Images, Election Returns and Audit Logs of all contested clustered precincts in the pilot provinces of Francis Tolentino.

(click here to see the 5 December 2017 Letter from COMELEC)

On 6 December 2017, BBM received a Notice from the SET regarding the compliance of the Order of Payment for the Decryption and Printing of Ballot Images, Election Returns and Audit Logs of all contested clustered precincts in the pilot provinces of Francis Tolentino.

(click here to see the 6 December 2017 Notice from SET)

On 7 December 2017, BBM received a Notice from the PET which resolved to :

1. Note BBM’s Manifestation regarding his payment of Decryption costs and expenses;

2. Note and Grant the COMELEC’s request for retrieval of election materials relative to the election case of Galua vs. Montante in Kitcharao, Agusan del Norte;

3. Note and Allow the continuation of various election appeal cases;

4. Note and Grant the COMELEC’s request for confirmation relative to the election protest case of Tan v. Hataman;

5. Confirm the COMELEC’s request for clarification relative to the election protest case of Tan v. Hataman; and

6. Note the Letter of the COMELEC regarding his request for clarification relative to the election protest case of Tan v. Hataman.

(click here to see the 7 December 2017 Notice from PET)

On 7 December 2017, BBM received a Notice from the PET which resolved to :

1. Note BBM’s Compliance regarding his List of Witnesses for his Third Cause of Action;

2. Note the COMELEC’s Letter regarding the election appeal case of Jainal v. Abubakar and Grant its request to continue with the pending proceedings; and

3. Note the COMELEC’s Letter regarding the election appeal case of Romero S. Daoaten v. Rosalina C. Biscarra and Grant its request for retrieval of ballot boxes and continuation of the appeal proceedings.

(click here to see the 7 December 2017 Notice from PET)

After 75 weeks (or roughly 529 days), we are still waiting for the PET :

• to issue a Retrieval Order [per undertaking # 7 of 21]

 Note that on 29 August 2017, the PET resolved to Partially Grant [BBM’s] Motion for Retrieval only insofar as all [the] precincts in the provinces of Camarines Sur, Iloilo and Negros Oriental are concerned.” [per item “C” of the Resolution]

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

Week 74: November 27 – December 3, 2017

On 27 November 2017, BBM received a Notice from the Senate Electoral Tribunal (SET) wherein it resolved several matters relative to the election protest of Tolentino vs. De Lima.

On 27 November 2017, BBM received a Notice from the Senate Electoral Tribunal (SET) wherein it resolved several matters relative to the election protest of Tolentino vs. De Lima.

(click here to see the 27 November 2017 Notice from SET)

On 27 November 2017, BBM received a Notice from the Senate Electoral Tribunal (SET), which resolved to require the COMELEC to conduct Decryption and Printing of Ballot Images, Election Returns and Audit Logs of all clustered precincts in the pilot provinces of Francis Tolentino and to notify the SET and the parties of the schedule of Decryption proceeding.

(click here to see the 27 November 2017 Notice from SET)

On 29 November 2017, BBM received a Comment from Robredo wherein she questioned the credibility of the witnesses submitted by BBM for his third cause of action (Annulment of votes for the position of Vice President in the Provinces of Basilan, Lanao del Sur and Maguindanao).

(click here to see the 29 November 2017 Comment from Robredo)

On 29 November 2017, BBM received a Notice from the House of Representatives Electoral Tribunal (HRET) informing the parties that the Decryption proceedings for the fifty-eight (58) clustered precincts in Northern Samar relative to the election protest of Abayon vs. Daza will begin on 6 December 2017at 9:00 a.m. at the COMELEC office in Intramuros, Manila.

(click here to see the 29 November 2017 Notice from HRET)

After 74 weeks (or roughly 522 days), we are still waiting for the PET :

• to issue a Retrieval Order [per undertaking # 7 of 21]

Note that on 29 August 2017, the PET resolved to Partially Grant [BBM’s] Motion for Retrieval only insofar as all [the] precincts in the provinces of Camarines Sur, Iloilo and Negros Oriental are concerned.” [per item “C” of the Resolution]

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

Week 73:  November 20 – 26, 2017

On 21 November 2017, BBM filed a Motion requesting the PET to direct the COMELEC-ERSD to turnover all the official printed and authenticated copies of the decrypted ballot images, election returns and audit logs for all the protested clustered precincts of Camarines Sur, Iloilo and Negros Oriental.

On 21 November 2017, BBM filed a Motion requesting the PET to direct the COMELEC-ERSD to turnover all the official printed and authenticated copies of the decrypted ballot images, election returns and audit logs for all the protested clustered precincts of Camarines Sur, Iloilo and Negros Oriental.

(click here to see the 21 November 2017 Motion from BBM)

On 22 November 2017, BBM received a Notice from the COMELEC wherein it resolved to adopt in to all the recommendations and directives of the ERSD relative to the retrieval and transportation of the Book of Voters and Election Day Computerized Voters List (EDCVL) used in the technical examination proceedings in the election protest of Angana vs. Zambo, et. al. in Toledo City, Cebu, and to return the same to the COMELEC Philpost Warehouse for safekeeping.

(click here to see the 22 November 2017 Notice from COMELEC)

On 24 November 2017, BBM received a Notice from the PET which resolved, to:

1. Note BBM’s Compliance regarding his revised list of witnesses for each of the clustered precincts in Basilan, Lanao del Sur and Maguindanao;

2. Note Robredo’sComment on BBM’s Partial Motion for Reconsideration for Technical Examination;

3. Note BBM’s Comment on Robredo’sManifestation on the Preliminary Conference Order;

4. Note the COMELEC’s Compliance of the PET’s Show Cause Order regarding the post-election activities conducted in Bucay, Abra;

5. Note the COMELEC’s Letter dated October 23, 2017 and Grant the lower court’s request for temporary custody of the original ballots relative to the election protest ofBuctuan vs.Melico;

6. Grant Robredo’s Motion to secure soft copies of the printed ballot images from the ongoing decryption activity for Camarines Sur, Iloilo and Negros Oriental;

7. Note the COMELEC’s Compliance regarding the information that was requested by the PET relative to the decryption and printing process;

8. Note and Grant the COMELEC’s Letter which informed the PET that they intend to turnover the boxes containing printed ballot images, audit logs, election returns and statistical data of the decrypted clustered precincts of Baao, Camarines Sur for storage purposes and that they will continuously transmit and turnover decrypted and printed materials of the remaining municipalities of Camarines Sur, Iloilo and Negros Oriental;

9. Deny Zorayda Alonzo al.’s Motion for Reconsideration“considering that the latter have neither legal interest in the matter subject of the instant protest nor will be adversely affected by its resolution;”

10. Note Robredo’s Comment on the Preliminary Conference Order but Deny her request for the restatement of Issue No. 1 in the Pre-Trial Order for lack of merit.

11. Note Robredo’s Manifestation to the Motion for Reconsideration filed by Zorayda Alonzo al.;

12. Deny BBM’s Partial Motion for Reconsideration for Technical Examination; and

13. Note BBM’s Comment to the Motion for Reconsideration filed by Zorayda Alonzo al.

(click here to see the 24 November 2017 Notice from PET)

On 24 November 2017, BBM received a Notice from the COMELEC informing the parties that it directed the Election Officer of Caramoan, Camarines Sur to desist from any action on the Petition for Recall against Mayor Marlyn S. Cordial until her Motion for Reconsideration is ruled upon.

(click here to see the 24 November 2017 Notice from COMELEC)

After 73 weeks (or roughly 515 days), we are still waiting for the PET :

• to issue a Retrieval Order [per undertaking # 7 of 21]

 Note that on 29 August 2017, the PET resolved to Partially Grant [BBM’s] Motion for Retrieval only insofar as all [the] precincts in the provinces of Camarines Sur, Iloilo and Negros Oriental are concerned.” [per item “C” of the Resolution]

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