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.
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.
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.
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.