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Week 43: April 24 – 30, 2017

On 24 April 2017, BBM received an urgent Ex-Parte Omnibus from Robredo wherein she asked the PET to issue a resolution :

1) clarifying the cash deposit to be paid by BBM;
2) directing the COMELEC to submit the itemized cost of the fees payable to Smartmatic because of the delay in returning the 92,509 VCMs used in the 9 May 2016 elections which are the subject of the election protest and the PPO; and
3) holding in abeyance Robredo’s payment of the cash deposit for the 8,042 counter-protested clustered precincts

(click here to see the 12 April 2017 Manifestation with urgent Ex-Parte Omnibus Motion from Robredo)

On 25 April 2017, BBM received a Letter from the COMELEC requesting the PET to authorize them to have temporary custody of the ballot boxes and other election – related documents and paraphernalia used in the 9 May 2016 elections for the position of Governor in ARMM.

(click here to see the 22 April 2017 Letter from the COMELEC)

On 26 April 2017, BBM received two (2) Notices from the PET:

The 18 April 2017 Resolution of the PET which resolved, among others, to:

1) Note the 7 April 2017 Manifestation of Robredo;
2) Direct the COMELEC to clarify the matters raised by Robredo in her 7 April 2017 Manifestation ; and
3) Note BBM’s 17 April 2017 cash deposit payment in the amount of Php 36,023,000.00

(click here to see the 18 April 2017 Notice from the PET)

The 25 April 2017 Resolution of the PET which resolved, among others, to:

1) Deny the 12 April 2017 Manifestation with urgent Ex-Parte Omnibus Motion of Robredo;
2) Direct Robredo to comply with the payment of the first installement of the cash deposit within a non-extendible period of 5 days from notice;
3) Defer action on the 19 April 2017 Omnibus Motion of BBM (for the dismissal of the counter-protest), until Robredo’s compliance with the payment of the cash deposit ;
4) Grant the setting the preliminary conference on 21 June 2017, at 2 p.m.; and
5) Require both parties to file their respective Preliminary Conference Briefs at least 5 days before the 21 June 2017 conference.

(click here to see the 25 April 2017 Notice from the PET)

The PET set the Preliminary Conference for BBM’s election protest to 21 June 2017 — which is 357 days from the time he filed his protest on 29 June 2016.

After 43 weeks, we are still waiting for the PET :

• to issue a Retrieval Order [per undertaking # 7 of 21]

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