On 13 August 2018, BBM received a Manifestation from the COMELEC informing the Tribunal of the pull-out of ten (10) units of laptops from the contingency units stored at the COMELEC Warehouse in Sta. Rosa, Laguna on 16 August 2018 at 9:00 in the morning. According to the COMELEC, the said activity was needed for the Laboratory Testing (Lab Test) for the Election Management System (EMS), Consolidated Canvassing System (CCS), Vote Counting Machines (VCM) and Optical Mark Readers (OMR) in preparation for the May 2019 National and Local Elections.
On 13 August 2018, BBM received a second Manifestation from the COMELEC regarding the fifty (50) VCMs requested by the Tribunal for the ongoing judicial revision. The COMELEC suggested that the “appropriate revision/audit procedures as defined by the PET” be used instead of using VCMS in determining the threshold percentage.
On 17 August 2018, BBM received a Manifestation with Urgent Motion for Clarification from Robredo, seeking for “clarification on the specific statements they uttered” which was in violation of the sub judice rule. Robredo also manifested that she paid the Php 50,000.- Court Fine.
On 17 August 2018, BBM received a Motion from the COMELEC requesting for a fifteen (15) day extension or until 29 August 2018 to file their Comment on BBM’s Strong Opposition to the use of decrypted ballot images for the ongoing revision at the PET.
On 17 August 2018, BBM received an Urgent Motion from Robredo opposing BBM’s position on the use of decrypted ballot images for the ongoing revision at the PET.
After 111 weeks (or roughly 781 days) :
• The PET still has to complete the manual recount of votes from Camarines Sur.
** there are ballot boxes remaining from 365 clustered precincts at the HRET due to the election protest of Luis R. Villafuerte vs. Gabriel H. Bordado.
** there is 1 ballot boxes remaining from 1 clustered precinct at the COMELEC – RMAT from the municipality of Nabua.
• 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 :
• In a Resolution dated 10 April 2018, the PET denied Robredo’s Ex Parte Motion.
• In a Resolution dated 24 April 2018, the PET required BBM and the COMELEC to comment on Robredo’s Urgent Motion for Reconsideration.
• On 2 May 2018, Robredo filed an Urgent Motion for Reconsideration.
• On 28 May 2018, BBM filed his Opposition to Robredo’s Motion
• On 6 July 2018, BBM received a Manifestation from the Office of the Solicitor General.
• In a Resolution dated 24 July 2018, the PET resolved to note the OSG’s Manifestation and Motion
• On 26 July 2018, BBM received a Comment from the COMELEC
• In several Resolutions, the PET :
> referred other matters to the the PET Commissioners.
• 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 the COMELEC’s request.
• On 20 July 2018, BBM received a Reply from the COMELEC.
• In a Resolution dated 24 July 2018 but received on 9 August 2018, the PET resolved to lift the Precautionary Protection Order (PPO) on the Election Management System (EMS) servers.
• To date, Robredo has NOT yet filed any comment regarding the above issue.
• In a Resolution dated 29 August 2017, the PET directed BBM to submit a new list of witnesses for the provinces of Basilan, Lanao del Sur and within five (5) days.
• On 11 September 2017, BBM filed his Compliance and submitted his list of witnesses.
• 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.”
> It is worth mentioning that on 11 September 2017, BBM had already submitted 171 names of potential wirtnesses to 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.
• In a Resolution dated 7 November 2017, the PET “noted” BBM’s Compliance.