Weekly Updates

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. 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.

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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 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)

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