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.
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.
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.
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.
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].