Week 95: April 23 – 29, 2018
On 23 April 2018, BBM filed a Counter-Manifestation in which he repudiated the false and malicious accusations of Robredo against one of his counsels, Atty. Joan Padilla. BBM said Robredo’s camp wrongfully accused Atty. Padilla of disrupting the revision proceedings on 13 April 2018 – especially since she couldn’t provide the PET with any formal Complaint or any written Affidavit from any of the PET representatives or any of the party revisors who were actually present in the revision area.
On 23 April 2018, BBM filed his Compliance [to the Show Cause Order issued by the PET] and explained why he should not be cited in contempt as a result of the sub judice ruling issued by the High Tribunal.
BBM stated that he has been mindful of the sub judice rule and that he did not make any comment or disclosure pertaining to the revision proceedings which may be construed as prejudicing the issue, influencing the court and/or obstructing the administration of justice.
He explained that when the media interviewed him during the first day of revision, his statements were limited to his personal observations and that the same was not intended violate the directives of the Tribunal.
As for the statements of BBM’s spokesperson, Atty. Victor Rodriguez, BBM stressed they were compelled to clarify the misleading pronouncements and opinions of Robredo’s lawyers.
On 24 April 2018, BBM received a Letter from the COMELEC wherein it sought the guidance of the PET on whether or not it could continue with the election appeal case of Pantoja vs. Palacio in Calatagan, Batangas.
On 26 April 2018, BBM received a Notice from the COMELEC granting the Motion to Conduct Technical Examination (of the Voter’s Signatures and Thumbmarks Appearing on the EDCVL and VRRs in the Pilot Protested Clustered Precincts) filed by protestant Abdulsakur M. Tan in the election protest of Tan vs. Hataman.
After 95 weeks (or roughly 669 days), the PET:
• is manually recounting the votes for Camarines Sur
[per undertaking # 11 of 21]
After Camarines Sur, the remaining two (2) “pilot province” are Iloilo & Negros Oriental.