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.
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.
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
• In a Resolution dated 10 April 2018, the PET denied Robredo’s Ex Parte Motion.
• On 2 May 2018, Robredo filed an Urgent Motion for Reconsideration.
• In a Resolution dated 24 April 2018, the PET required BBM and the COMELEC to comment on Robredo’s Urgent Motion for Reconsideration.
• On 28 May 2018, BBM filed his Opposition.
• On 1 June 2018, BBM received a Motion for Additional Time (15 days or until 11 June 2018) 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, 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.
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, the PET required BBM and Robredo to comment on COMELEC’s request.
• On 25 May 2018, BBM filed his Opposition.
• To date, Robredo has NOT yet filed any comment regarding the above issue.
4. BBM’s Third Cause of Action
> It is worth mentioning that on 11 September 2017, BBM had already submitted 171 names of potential witnesses to the PET.
• In a Resolution dated 19 September 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.”
• 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.
• In a Resolution dated 7 November 2017, the PET “noted” BBM’s Compliance.