On 15 August 2016, BBM filed a Manifestation with the PET on the proposed plan of the COMELEC to strip the Vote Counting Machines (VCMs) and Consolidation Canvassing System (CCS) laptop units of their election data. He argued that the plan was in blatant violation of the PET’s clear and express directive to the poll body to preserve all election materials used in the last polls.
BBM likewise manifested that he received numerous reports that harassment and intimidation were being employed upon his witnesses by supporters of Robredo.
On 15 August 2016, Robredo filed her Answer to BBM’s Election Protest, together with a Counter-Protest.
Under Rule 23 and 24 of the 2010 PET Rules, Robredo’s Answer should be filed within 10 days from receipt of the Summons issued by the PET.
By her own categorical admission, Robredo received the Summons on 2 August 2016*. Therefore, her Answer should have been filed on 12 August 2016. Since she belatedly filed her Answer on 15 August 2016, the same was filed out of time.
On 16 August 2016, the PET issued a Resolution requiring the parties to comment on the COMELEC’s proposed plan to strip the Vote Counting Machines (VCMs) and Consolidation Canvassing System (CCS) laptop units of their election data.