Week 64: September 18 – 24, 2017
On 20 September 2017, BBM received a Manifestation from Robredo wherein she claimed that the request of Zorayda Alonzo et al that they be allowed “to intervene in the instant Election Protest for the sole purpose of paying the second installment of [her] cash deposit” was “hinged on their right to suffrage.”
On 20 September 2017, BBM received a Manifestation from Robredo wherein she stated that the Preliminary Conference Order faithfully reflected the contents of the Preliminary Conference Briefs and Comments filed by both parties, including the Counter-Manifestation of BBM.
On 20 September 2017, BBM received a Manifestation / Compliance from the COMELEC wherein it informed the PET of its recommended procedures, logistics and costs for the Decryption and Printing of Ballot Images of all the precincts in BBM’s 3 pilot provinces, namely, Camarines Sur, Iloilo and Negros Oriental.
While the COMELEC manifested that it would abide by the schedule of decryption preferred by the Tribunal, it also provided the PET with the following Resolutions and Memoranda by way of reference:
1. COMELEC Resolution No. 10155 – Guidelines to Decrypt Ballot Images in connection with the May 9, 2016 National and Local Elections;
2. COMELEC Resolution No. 9226 – Compensation and distribution of honoraria to the members of the recount committees as well as the meal allowances for the support staff;
3. COMELEC Resolution No. 9720 – Amending some provisions of the AES Law;
4. Minute Resolution No. 11-0399 – Guidelines on the: i. Delivery and production of the PCOS machines, and ii. Configuration of the CF Cards and i-Buttons and the decryption of ballot images;
5. Order of Payment for the decryption costs in the amount of Php 2,974,075.- which should be shouldered by BBM; and
6. List of Supplies needed which should be shouldered by BBM.
In the same Manifestation, the COMELEC asked for more time to reply to BBM’s Comment on why it is the Commission’s responsibility to pay for the storage fees and other necessary expenses incurred by the overseas posts.
As for the Show Cause Order which directed the COMELEC to explain why it failed to seek the PET’s prior approval before conducting post-election activities in Bucay, Abra, the Commission stated that it would comply with the said Order on 18 September 2017.
After 64 weeks (or roughly 452 days), we are still waiting for the PET :
• to issue a Retrieval Order [per undertaking # 7 of 21]
Note that on 29 August 2017, the PET resolved to “Partially Grant [BBM’s] Motion for Retrieval only insofar as all precincts in the provinces of Camarines Sur, Iloilo, and Negros Oriental are concerned.” [per item “C” of the Resolution]
• to begin the manual recounting of votes [per undertaking # 11 of 21]
We are also waiting for the COMELEC :
• to decrypt and print the ballot images in Camarines Sur, Iloilo and Negros Oriental
• Note that on 29 August 2017, the PET resolved to “Partially Grant [BBM’s] Motion for Decryption and Printing of Ballot Images dated June 1, 2017 only insofar as all the precincts in the provinces of Camarines Sur, Iloilo, and Negros Oriental are concerned, and Direct the COMELEC to inform the Tribunal of its recommended procedures, logistics, schedule, and estimated costs for the activity within a non-extendible period of ten (10) days from receipt of this Resolution.” [per item “G” of the Resolution]