ELECTION PROTEST

Weekly Updates

Week 37: March 13 – 19, 2017

On 10 March 2017, BBM received a Notice from COMELEC informing him that a briefing will be conducted at the COMELEC warehouse in Sta. Rosa, Laguna on 20 March 2017 regarding :

On 10 March 2017, BBM received a Notice from COMELEC informing him that a briefing will be conducted at the COMELEC warehouse in Sta. Rosa, Laguna on 20 March 2017 regarding :

1) the Stripping of unused CCS Kits beginning 20 March 2017
(the same day as the supposed briefing); and

2) the Back-up of Secure Digital (SD) Cards beginning 27 March 2017.

(click here to see the 10 March 2017 Notice from COMELEC)

On 15 March 2017, BBM sent COMELEC the names of his representatives for the Briefing, Stripping of the unused CCS kits, and Back-up of SD cards to be conducted on 20 March and 27 March 2017, respectively.

(click here to see the 15 March 2017 Letter from BBM)

On 16 March 2017, BBM received a Notice from the PET which resolved, among others :

1) Grant BBM’s Ex-Parte Motion to secure the ballot images as well as other election –related data in an on-going election protest filed in Siruma, Camarines Sur.

2) Authorize the COMELEC to proceed with the decryption of the SD Cards as well as the printing of the ballot images for the seven (7) contested clustered precincts of the Municipality of Araceli, Palawan.

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

After 37 weeks, we are still waiting for the PET :

• to issue a Retrieval Order [per undertaking # 7 of 21] and
• to issue a Notice of Preliminary Conference [per undertaking # 8 of 21].

 

Week 36: March 5 – 12, 2017

On 6 March 2017, BBM filed his Reply and cautioned the PET about the delaying tactics of the Robredo camp.

On 6 March 2017, BBM filed his Reply and cautioned the PET about the delaying tactics of the Robredo camp.

BBM cited the case of Manuel A. Roxas v. Jejomar C. Binay wherein the preliminary conference was scheduled barely two (2) months after the filing of Roxas’ election protest; in BBM’s case, however, eight (8) months have already lapsed and the preliminary conference has yet to be scheduled.

(click here to see the 6 March 2017 Reply from BBM)

On 9 March 2017, BBM received a Letter from the COMELEC regarding Robredo’s request that she be given copies of the printed ballot images, election returns and other election data from a pending election protest in Camarines Sur.

(click here to see the 8 March 2017 Letter from the COMELEC)

After 36 weeks, we are still waiting for the PET :

• to issue a Retrieval Order [per undertaking # 7 of 21] and
• to issue a Notice of Preliminary Conference [per undertaking # 8 of 21].

Week 35: February 27 – March 5, 2017

On 28 February 2017, BBM received Robredo’s Comment/ Opposition asking the Tribunal to deny BBM’s motion, to set the case for Preliminary Conference.

On 28 February 2017, BBM received Robredo’s Comment/ Opposition asking the Tribunal to deny BBM’s motion, to set the case for Preliminary Conference.

Although the PET recently ruled that BBM’s election protest is sufficient in form and substance, the scheduling of the Preliminary Conference is, lamentably, already over 5 months overdue.

(click here to see the 17 February 2017 Comment/Opposition from Robredo)

On 28 February 2017, BBM received a Notice from the PET which noted matters incidental to the election protest, including Robredo’s Comment / Opposition to have the Preliminary Conference scheduled. The Notice likewise gave BBM a non-extendible period of ten (10) days within which to file his Reply to Robredo’s Comment / Opposition.

(click here to see the 21 February 2017 Resolution from the PET)

On 2 March 2017, BBM duly filed an Ex-Parte Motion to secure the ballot images as well as other election –related data in an on-going election protest filed in Siruma, Camarines Sur.

(click here to see the 22 February 2017 Ex-Parte Motion from BBM)

On 3 March 2017, BBM received Robredo’s Motion for Reconsideration Pro Tanto with Prayer to Set for Hearing which asked the Tribunal to reconsider its 24 January 2017 Resolution which denied her request to dismiss BBM’s election protest.

(click here to see the 24 February 2017 Motion for Reconsideration from Robredo)

After 35 weeks, we are still waiting for the PET :

• to issue a Retrieval Order [per undertaking # 7 of 21] and
• to issue a Notice of Preliminary Conference [per undertaking # 8 of 21].

Week 34: February 20 – 26, 2017

On 20 February 2017, BBM received the following:

On 20 February 2017, BBM received the following:

1) Urgent Ex-Parte Motion of Robredo wherein she asked the PET to allow her to secure copies of the printed ballot images, election returns and audit logs from the decrypted SD cards in CamSur as well as in the protested and counter-protested clustered precincts subject of the election protest.

(click here to see the 13 February 2017 Urgent Ex-Parte Motion from Robredo)

2) Manifestation from COMELEC, informing the PET that it will be resubmitting its Comment dated 18 November 2016.

(click here to see the 14 February 2017 Manifestation from the COMELEC)

3) Notice from the PET wherein it resolved various incidental matters, including Robredo’s recent Motion dated 13 February 2016.

(click here to see the 14 February 2017 Resolution from the PET)

After 34 weeks, we are still waiting for the PET :

• to issue a Retrieval Order [per undertaking # 7 of 21] and
• to issue a Notice of Preliminary Conference [per undertaking # 8 of 21].

 

Week 33: February 13 – 19, 2017

On 14 February 2017, BBM received a Notice from the COMELEC informing him that they will be conducting a diagnostic of the Election Management System servers on 24 February 2017 at the COMELEC warehouse in Sta. Rosa, Laguna.

On 14 February 2017, BBM received a Notice from the COMELEC informing him that they will be conducting a diagnostic of the Election Management System servers on 24 February 2017 at the COMELEC warehouse in Sta. Rosa, Laguna.

(click here to see the 13 February 2017 Notice from the COMELEC)

On 15 February 2017, BBM received a Resolution from the PET wherein the tribunal resolved, among others, to DENY protestee Robredo’s request to dismiss BBM’s election protest.

(click here to see the 24 January 2017 Resolution from the PET)

After 33 weeks, we are still waiting for the PET :

• to issue a Retrieval Order [per undertaking # 7 of 21] and
• to issue a Notice of Preliminary Conference [per undertaking # 8 of 21].

Week 32: February 6 – 12, 2017

On 8 February 2017, BBM received a Notice from the PET wherein it decided to :

On 8 February 2017, BBM received a Notice from the PET wherein it decided to :

1) GRANT the 16 January 2017 Motion from the COMELEC to REBOOT the servers in the Memory Configuration Room of the Sta. Rosa warehouse; to conduct and undertake DIAGNOSTICS thereon; and to SHUTDOWN the servers once the diagnostics have been conducted.

The PET likewise informed the COMELEC:

i. to give the PET and parties prior notice of the date of the rebooting, diagnostics and shutting down of the servers;
ii. to allow the PET and the parties to observe and participate therein; and
iii. to inform the PET and the parties of the status and result of the said activities.

2) DIRECT Protestee Robredo to file her Comment on BBM’s 24 January 2017 Ex-Parte Motion to set [the] Case for Preliminary Conference within ten (10) days from receipt of said Notice.

(click here to see the 31 January 2017 Resolution from the PET)

After 32 weeks, we are still waiting for the PET :

• to issue a Retrieval Order [per undertaking # 7 of 21] and
• to issue a Notice of Preliminary Conference [per undertaking # 8 of 21].

Week 31: January 30 – February 5, 2017

On 30 January 2017, BBM received a Manifestation and Motion from the COMELEC, asking the PET to allow them to do the following at the Memory Configuration Room (MCR) in their Sta. Rosa, Laguna warehouse:

On 30 January 2017, BBM received a Manifestation and Motion from the COMELEC, asking the PET to allow them to do the following at the Memory Configuration Room (MCR) in their Sta. Rosa, Laguna warehouse:

• to REBOOT the servers in the said warehouse;
• to conduct and undertake DIAGNOSTICS on the servers; and
• to SHUTDOWN the servers once the diagnostics have been conducted.

According to the COMELEC, they need to REBOOT and SHUTDOWN the servers because on 30 December 2016 the air-conditioning units of the server room failed to function.

COMELEC claims that when the air-conditioning units of the server room of the MCR suddenly stopped functioning, the same caused the server units to heat up and emit unusual noises. Since they were afraid that a fire would ensue, their IT staff decided to SHUT DOWN the SERVER units.

Because of the said incident, the COMELEC is now asking permission to REBOOT, conduct DIAGNOSTICS as well as SHUTDOWN the SERVER units in order to “ensure” the physical integrity of the servers.

(click here to see the 16 January 2017 Manifestation and Motion from the COMELEC)

On 31 January 2017, BBM received a Notice from the PET resolving incidental matters relative to the election protest.

(click here to see the 17 January 2017 Notice from the PET)

On 31 January 2017, the COMELEC likewise issued a Notice informing the parties to the present election protest that a DECRYPTION of the Secure Digital Cards, printing ballot images, election returns and audit logs for the 25 clustered precincts of the Municipality of Siruma, Camarines Sur will be conducted on 15 February 2017 at the COMELEC office in Palacio del Gobernador, Manila.

It will be recalled that Camarines Sur is one of the provinces included in BBM’s election protest.

(click here to see the 31 January 2017 Notice from the COMELEC)

After 31 weeks, we are still waiting for the PET :

• to issue a Retrieval Order [per undertaking # 7 of 21] and
• to issue a Notice of Preliminary Conference [per undertaking # 8 of 21]

Week 30: January 23 – 29, 2017

Today marks WEEK 30 of BBM’s election protest.

Today marks WEEK 30 of BBM’s election protest.

216 days have passed since BBM filed his election protest on 29 June 2016.

On 26 January 2017, BBM filed an Ex-Parte Motion to Set[the]Case for Preliminary Conference with the PET. He asked the High Tribunal to schedule a preliminary conference for his election protest since, under Rule 29 of A.M. No. 10-4-29-SC of the 2010 PET Rules, the issues in this case had already been joined and the last pleading in relation to the said joinder was filed and served over 4 months ago – – on 9 September 2016.

(click here to see the 9 September 2016 pleading filed by BBM)
(click here to see the 26 January 2017 Ex-Parte Motion of BBM)

As of this date, we are waiting for the PET :

• to issue a Retrieval Order [per undertaking # 7 of 21] and
• to issue a Notice of Preliminary Conference [per undertaking # 8 of 21]

Week 29: January 16 – 22, 2017

On 20 December 2016, BBM received a Notice from COMELEC Commissioner Christian Lim informing him that COMELEC will be STRIPPING the VCM SD cards and CCS Kits beginning 9 January 2017 onwards at the COMELEC warehouse in Sta. Rosa, Laguna.

On 20 December 2016, BBM received a Notice from COMELEC Commissioner Christian Lim informing him that COMELEC will be STRIPPING the VCM SD cards and CCS Kits beginning 9 January 2017 onwards at the COMELEC warehouse in Sta. Rosa, Laguna.

It will be recalled that 3 months earlier, BBM already opposed the said STRIPPING activity by filing a Comment with the PET. BBM argued that the STRIPPING activity would violate the PET’s clear and express directive that the poll body preserve all the election material used in the May 2016 elections. He also informed the PET that although he had formally written to the COMELEC 4 times — on May 31, June 2, June 16 and July 14, 2016 – requesting for a forensic audit of the VCMs and CCS laptop units used during the May 2016 elections, the poll body ignored all his written requests for an audit.

In its 8 November 2016 Resolution, however, the PET allowed COMELEC to proceed with the STRIPPING activity for all the VCM and CCS Kits.

(click here to see the May 31, June 2, June 16, July 14, 2016 letters of BBM)
(click here to see the 5 September 2016 Comment of BBM)
(click here to see the 8 November 2016 Resolution from the PET)
(click here to see the 20 December 2016 Notice from COMELEC)

During the STRIPPING activity briefing held at Sta. Rosa, Laguna on 5 January 2017, COMELEC Commissioner Christian Lim informed the parties & their representatives that per SET Resolution No. 16-19, they were ordered not to strip 151 VCMs because the same formed part of the areas being protested by former Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Chairman Francis Tolentino. According to Commissioner Lim, the poll body would be issuing a written clarification regarding this. As of this date, however, no clarification has yet been issued.

A week later, on 11 January 2017, BBM received a Notice from COMELEC informing him that the poll body would be conducting a DECRYPTION activity at Palacio del Gobernador on 16 January 2017. The said DECRYPTION activity would involve the 26 — out of the 127 SD cards — that were found to contain data during the stripping of 1,356 unused VCMs last October 2016.

It is important to note that the other 101 SD cards were not part of the DECRYPTION activity since these were set aside by the Senate Electoral Tribunal (SET) upon the motion by former Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Chairman Francis Tolentino in his election protest before the SET.

(click here to see the 11 January 2017 Notice from COMELEC)

Since the DECRYPTION activity was supposed to involve unused SD cards, all the parties & their representatives who were present at the Palacio del Gobernador on 16 January 2017 were surprised to learn that 13 out the supposedly unused 26 SD cards had folders containing data in them. Because of this, the PET stepped in and ordered COMELEC to reset the DECRYPTION activity.

On 20 January 2017, BBM received a copy of the Notice from the PET resolving incidental matters relative to the election protest.

(click here to see the 10 January 2017 Notice from the PET)

As of this date, there remain only two (2) major pending motions that require resolution by the PET:

1) the 9 September 2016 Motion to strike out and/or expunge Robredo’s Answer with Counter-Protest for being filed out of time; and
2) the 20 September 2016 Manifestation with Motion to Admit Attached Verification.

(click here to see the 9 September 2016 Motion)

(click here to see the 20 September 2016 Motion)

As of this date, we are waiting for the PET :

• to issue a Retrieval Order [per undertaking # 7 of 21] and
• to issue a Notice of Preliminary Conference [per undertaking # 8 of 21]

Week 28: January 9 – 15, 2017

On 11 January 2017, BBM sent a letter to the COMELEC addressed to Commissioner Christian Robert S. Lim requesting the Commission to furnish him with an official list of the “quarantined” Vote Counting Machines (VCMs) that were found to be claimable, unclaimable and mismatched.

On 11 January 2017, BBM sent a letter to the COMELEC addressed to Commissioner Christian Robert S. Lim requesting the Commission to furnish him with an official list of the “quarantined” Vote Counting Machines (VCMs) that were found to be claimable, unclaimable and mismatched.

(click here to see the letter of BBM to the COMELEC)

On the same day, Commissioner Christian Robert S. Lim, in a Memorandum, endorsed said Letter to Director Ferdinand P. De Leon.

(click here to see the Memorandum)

On 12 January 2016 Director Ferdinand P. De Leon, in a letter of 1st Indorsement, forwarded the Letter to Director J. Thaddeus P. Hernan of the Administrative Services Department for perusal and appropriate action.

(click here to see the letter of 1st Indorsement)

Despite the above indorsements, COMELEC has not yet granted BBMs request.

This is not surprising considering that in the past, BBM wrote several letters to the COMELEC requesting for a copy of the audit logs used in the May 2016 elections. To this day, however, his request has fallen on deaf ears.

(click here to see the 2nd letter of BBM to COMELEC dated June 2, 2016)

(click here to see the 3rd letter of BBM to COMELEC dated June 16, 2016)

(click here to see the 4th letter of BBM to COMELEC dated July 13, 2016)

As of this date, there remain only two (2) major pending motions that require resolution by the PET:

1) the 9 September 2016 Motion to strike out and/or expunge Robredo’s Answer with Counter-Protest for being filed out of time; and

2) the 20 September 2016 Manifestation with Motion to Admit Attached Verification.

(click here to see the 9 September 2016 Motion)

(click here to see the 20 September 2016 Motion)

As of this date, we are waiting for the PET :

• to issue a Retrieval Order [per undertaking # 7 of 21] and
• to issue a Notice of Preliminary Conference [per undertaking # 8 of 21]

Week 27: January 2 – 8, 2017

As of this date, we are waiting for the PET :

As of this date, we are waiting for the PET :

• to issue a Retrieval Order [per undertaking # 7 of 21] and
• to issue a Notice of Preliminary Conference [per undertaking # 8 of 21]

Week 26: December 26, 2016 – January 1, 2017

As of this date, we are waiting for the PET :

As of this date, we are waiting for the PET :

• to issue a Retrieval Order [per undertaking # 7 of 21] and
• to issue a Notice of Preliminary Conference [per undertaking # 8 of 21]

Week 25: December 19 – 25, 2016

As of this date, there remain only two (2) major pending motions that require resolution by the PET:

As of this date, there remain only two (2) major pending motions that require resolution by the PET:

1) the 9 September 2016 Motion to strike out and/or expunge Robredo’s Answer with Counter-Protest for being filed out of time; and

2) the 20 September 2016 Manifestation with Motion to Admit Attached Verification.

(click here to see the 9 September 2016 Motion)

(click here to see the 20 September 2016 Motion)

As of this date, we are waiting for the PET :

• to issue a Retrieval Order [per undertaking # 7 of 21] and
• to issue a Notice of Preliminary Conference [per undertaking # 8 of 21]

Week 24: December 12 – 18, 2016

As of this date, there remain only two (2) major pending motions that require resolution by the PET:

As of this date, there remain only two (2) major pending motions that require resolution by the PET:

1) the 9 September 2016 Motion to strike out and/or expunge Robredo’s Answer with Counter-Protest for being filed out of time; and

2) the 20 September 2016 Manifestation with Motion to Admit Attached Verification.

(click here to see the 9 September 2016 Motion)

(click here to see the 20 September 2016 Motion)

As of this date, we are waiting for the PET :

• to issue a Retrieval Order [per undertaking # 7 of 21] and
• to issue a Notice of Preliminary Conference [per undertaking # 8 of 21]

Week 23: December 5 – 11, 2016

On 7 December 2016, BBM received a copy of the PET Resolution which granted BBM’s request for PET to direct the COMELEC to furnish him and other interested parties with copies of the Minutes of the Proceedings and/or Transcript of Stenographic Notes taken during the closure / stripping activities conducted in Sta. Rosa Laguna, and the results of the decryption of the SD cards of contingency VCMs which were found to contain data during the said closure / stripping activities.

On 7 December 2016, BBM received a copy of the PET Resolution which granted BBM’s request for PET to direct the COMELEC to furnish him and other interested parties with copies of the Minutes of the Proceedings and/or Transcript of Stenographic Notes taken during the closure / stripping activities conducted in Sta. Rosa Laguna, and the results of the decryption of the SD cards of contingency VCMs which were found to contain data during the said closure / stripping activities.

(click here to see the receiving copy of the PET Resolution)

As of this date, there remain only two (2) major pending motions that require resolution by the PET:

1) the 9 September 2016 Motion to strike out and/or expunge Robredo’s Answer with Counter-Protest for being filed out of time; and

2) the 20 September 2016 Manifestation with Motion to Admit Attached Verification.

(click here to see the 9 September 2016 Motion)

(click here to see the 20 September 2016 Motion)

As of this date, we are waiting for the PET :

• to issue a Retrieval Order [per undertaking # 7 of 21] and
• to issue a Notice of Preliminary Conference [per undertaking # 8 of 21]

Week 22: November 28 – December 4, 2016

On 1 December 2016, BBM received a copy of the PET Resolution which granted Robredo’s earlier request for the decryption of the Secure Digital cards set aside during the stripping activities in Sta. Rosa, Laguna and the printing of the audit log reports and other relevant data contained therein.

On 1 December 2016, BBM received a copy of the PET Resolution which granted Robredo’s earlier request for the decryption of the Secure Digital cards set aside during the stripping activities in Sta. Rosa, Laguna and the printing of the audit log reports and other relevant data contained therein.

(click here to see the receiving copy of the PET Resolution)

As of this date, there remain only two (2) major pending motions that require resolution by the PET:

1. the 9 September 2016 Motion to strike out and/or expunge Robredo’s Answer with Counter-Protest for being filed out of time; and

2. the 20 September 2016 Manifestation with Motion to Admit Attached Verification.

(click here to see the 9 September 2016 Motion)

(click here to see the 20 September 2016 Motion)

As of this date, we are waiting for the PET :

• to issue a Retrieval Order [per undertaking # 7 of 21] and
• to issue a Notice of Preliminary Conference [per undertaking # 8 of 21]

Week 21: November 21 – 27, 2016

On 23 November 2016, BBM received a copy of the Notice of the ‘Excerpt from the Minutes of the Regular En Banc Meeting of the Commission on Elections held on November 02, 2016′.

On 23 November 2016, BBM received a copy of the Notice of the ‘Excerpt from the Minutes of the Regular En Banc Meeting of the Commission on Elections held on November 02, 2016. In the said meeting, the COMELEC acknowledged receiving BBM’s letter informing them that he would not be sending any representative to the 26 October 2016 stripping activity in Sta. Rosa, Laguna because to do so would be a clear violation of the PPO issued by the PET.

(click here to see the receiving copy of the Excerpt from the Minutes of the Regular En Banc Meeting of the Commission on Elections held on November 02, 2016)

On 24 November 2016, BBM received a copy of Robredo’s Urgent Ex-Parte Motion for Leave to be Allowed to Decrypt the Set Aside Secure Digital Cards and Printing of Audit Logs dated 15 November 2016. Robredo asked the PET to issue an Order allowing the decryption of the SD cards set aside during the stripping activities as well as the printing of the audit log reports. According to Robredo, during the stripping activity in Sta. Rosa, Laguna, it was discovered that there were several SD cards containing data inside the supposedly “unused” VCM machines which the COMELEC wanted to return to Smartmatic.

(click here to see the receiving copy of Robredo’s Motion)

On 24 November 2016, BBM filed a Manifestation and reiterated his reason(s) for not sending any representative to witness the closure / stripping activities of the COMELEC in Sta. Rosa, Laguna. Per BBM, the stripping activity clearly violated the purpose of the PPO issued by the PET last 12 July 2016.

BBM requested that he be given a copy of the Minutes of the Proceedings and/or Transcript of Stenographic Notes which were taken during the 26 October 2016 and 02 November 2016 closure / stripping activities. BBM also asked that he be given the results of the decryption of the SD cards from the 1,356 VCMs which were found to contain data during the closure / stripping activities of the COMELEC in Sta. Rosa, Laguna.

(click here to see the receiving copy of BBM’s Manifestation)

As of this date, we are waiting for the PET :

• to issue a Retrieval Order [per undertaking # 7 of 21] and
• to issue a Notice of Preliminary Conference [per undertaking # 8 of 21]

Week 20: November 14 – 20, 2016

On 8 November 2016, the PET issued a Resolution covering a number of ancillary matters.

On 8 November 2016, the PET issued a Resolution covering a number of ancillary matters.

On the issue as to whether COMELEC could conduct closure / stripping activities as well as backing up of the VCM SD cards and CCS units covered by the PPO, the PET decided to :

1) MODIFY the PPO by excluding the election materials and paraphernalia used in the May 2016 elections that did not contain election results data;

2) AUTHORIZE the COMELEC and Smartmatic to immediately conduct the 2016 Automated Election System Project closure / stripping activities for all the VCM and CCS Kits, including the immediate disposal of the VCM external batteries, with prior notice to the Tribunal, the protestant and protestee, and other interested parties;

3) AUTHORIZE the COMELEC’s Election Records and Statistics Department to back-up the contents of the VCM SD Cards of all municipalities, cities, and provinces under the PPO; and

4) CONFIRM the closure / stripping activities of the BGANs which were conducted prior to the receipt of the PPO.

(click here to see the receiving copy of the PET Resolution)

As of this date, we are waiting for the PET :

• to issue a Retrieval Order [per undertaking # 7 of 21] and
• to issue a Notice of Preliminary Conference [per undertaking # 8 of 21]

Week 19: November 7 – 13, 2016

This week, BBMs lead counsel received several Notices on incidental matters pertaining to the election protest.

This week, BBMs lead counsel received several Notices on incidental matters pertaining to the election protest.

Last week, BBM respectfully requested the PET to resolve these pending matters so that the election protest can move forward.

(click here to see the receiving copy of the Notice from Acting Election Officer Laura A. Macabuhay)

(click here to see the receiving copy of the Excerpt from the Minutes of the Regular En Banc Meeting of the Commission on Elections)

(click here to see the receiving copy of the OSG’s Motion)

Of interest is Robredo’s Manifestation dated 4 November 2016 which stated that during the stripping activity for the 1,356 VCMs on 26 October 2016 in Sta. Rosa Laguna, several SD cards were found to contain data.

(click here to see the receiving copy of Robredo’s Manifestation)

As of this date, we are waiting for the PET :

• to issue a Retrieval Order [per undertaking # 7 of 21] and
• to issue a Notice of Preliminary Conference [per undertaking # 8 of 21]

Week 18: October 31 – November 6, 2016

On 2 November 2016, BBM filed a Manifestation informing the PET that he will not be filing any Reply to the Comments and Oppositions filed by protestee Robredo as this will just delay the proceedings further.

On 2 November 2016, BBM filed a Manifestation informing the PET that he will not be filing any Reply to the Comments and Oppositions filed by protestee Robredo as this will just delay the proceedings further. Instead, BBM asked the PET to immediately resolve these pending incidents on the basis of the pleadings previously submitted by the parties in support of their respective positions.

(click here to see the receiving copy of BBM’s Manifestation)

As of this date, we are waiting for the PET :

• to issue a Retrieval Order [per undertaking # 7 of 21] and
• to issue a Notice of Preliminary Conference [per undertaking # 8 of 21]