Week 71: November 6 – 12, 2017
On 6 November 2017, BBM received a Letter from the COMELEC wherein it acknowledged the HRET’s preferential right over all the election material in Languyan, Tawi-Tawi due to the electon case of Ajihil vs. Sahali. The COMELEC also informed the HRET of its preparatory activities for the recount proceedings in the electon case of Tan vs. Hataman.
On 7 November 2017, BBM filed his Comment / Opposition to Robredo’s Motion that she be allowed to secure soft copies of the printed ballot images from the ongoing Decryption activity of the COMELEC for Camarines Sur, Iloilo & Negros Oriental.
It will be recalled that the ongoing decryption activity was initiated solely by BBM. Thus, BBM had to shoulder the decryption fee of Php 2.9M including an additional Php 2M for the initial supplies required by the COMELEC. Robredo did not join BBM in this undertaking and, in fact, actively opposed the same as early as June 2017. According to BBM, since “[Robredo] did not contribute any share in the expenses and supplies for this undertaking, she should not be allowed by this Honorable Tribunal to obtain soft (and even printed) copies of the decrypted images of the ballots, election returns, audit logs and other relevant documents for all the protested clustered precincts of the pilot provinces.”
After 71 weeks (or roughly 501 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 for Camarines Sur, Iloilo and Negros Oriental [per undertaking # 11 of 21]
• to resolve our Motion for Reconsideration for the technical examination of the signatures appearing in the Election Day Computerized Voters List [EDCVL] as against the signatures appearing on the Voters Registration Record [VRRs] in connection with the annulment of votes in Basilan, Lanao del Sur and Maguindanao.