Weekly Updates

Week 98: May 14 – 20, 2018

On 15 May 2018, BBM received a Notice from the PET requiring him and Robredo to Comment on the Manifestation and Motion of the COMELEC regarding the lifting of the Precautionary Protection Order (PPO) on the Election Management System Servers (EMS) used during the May 9, 2016 elections.

The PET further resolved to :

1. Note and Grant the request of the COMELEC Election Officer in Puerto Princesa City, Palawan to borrow the Book of Voters currently in the custody of the Tribunal for the recall petition against Vice Mayor Luis M. Marcaida III, provided that the verification be conducted within the premises of the Tribunal;

2. Note the Letter of the COMELEC Administrative Services specifying the list of boxes (canvassing kits) where Broadband Global Access Network (BGAN) units, GPRS modems and headphones may have been deposited after the May 2016 elections; and

3. Grant the request of the COMELEC that it be allowed to open the ballot boxes to enable them to retrieve and recover the missing or unreturned BGAN units, GPRS modems and headphones which were consigned to the various Boards of Canvassers during the May 2016 elections.

The PET also Authorized :

1. The conducting a Revision Training Seminar by the PET Ad Hoc Committee on April 5 and 6, 2018 at the Public Information Office in the Supreme Court building;

2. The attendance of twenty-five (25) participants for the said seminar;

3. The use of multi-media equipment for the duration of the seminar;

4. The PhP 16,900.- expenditure chargeable against the regular fund of the Tribunal;

5. The payment of PhP 16,900.- as part of the seminar expenses;

With respect to the hiring of contractual personnel, the Tribunal also Approved:

1. The hiring of 37 applicants in connection with BBM’s protest for an initial period of 6 months; and

2. The salary adjustment of the contractual lawyers for the Panel of Commissioners from PhP 30,000.- to PhP 50,000.- per month.

(click here to see the 15 May 2018 Notice from the PET)

On 15 May 2018, BBM received a Notice from the COMELEC informing the parties that the Voter’s Registration Records (VRRs) and the Election Day Computerized Voters List (EDCVLs) originating from the COMELEC’s Philpost Warehouse would be delivered on Wednesday, 22 May 2018. The parties were requested to witness the proceedings.

(click here to see the 15 May 2018 Notice from the COMELEC)

On 17 May 2018, BBM received a Notice from the PET, wherein it resolved to :

1. Authorize the travel of the PET Retrieval Team to Iloilo for the purpose of collecting the ballot boxes and other election paraphernalia from 2,740 clustered precincts on May 21 to May 25, 2018;

2. Authorize the PET Ad Hoc Committee to schedule the delivery of the ballot boxes and other election paraphernalia to the designated staging area in Iloilo;

3. Direct :

i. the City Municipal Treasurers and Election Officers in Iloilo to deliver all the ballot boxes and other election paraphernalia to the designated staging area in Iloilo;

ii. the Senate Electoral Tribunal (SET) to deliver the ballot boxes and other election paraphernalia from Iloilo to the PET office in Manila; and

iii. the COMELEC and the House of Representatives Electoral Tribunal (HRET) to deliver the ballot boxes still in their possession (ie : 368 from HRET and 38 from the COMELEC) from Camarines Sur to the PET office in Manila;

4. Direct the PNP Iloilo Police Provincial Officer as well as the Chiefs of Police in Iloilo to provide adequate police security during the transporting of the ballot boxes and other election paraphernalia to the designated staging area in Iloilo;

5. Direct the Chief of Police of Manila to provide adequate police security during the transporting of the ballot boxes and other election and paraphernalia from Manila Port Area to the SC-CA gymnasium;

6. Authorize the PET Retrieval Team to reimburse the cost of transportation and trucking expenses incurred by Municipal/City Treasurers/ Election Officers in connection with the delivery & collection of the ballot boxes and other election paraphernalia in Iloilo;

7. Authorize the Philippine Postal Corporation (Philpost) to be the official “door-to-door” carrier for transporting the ballot boxes and other election paraphernalia from Iloilo to the SC-CA gymnasium;

8. Authorize the PET Clerk to enter into a contract of carriage with Philpost for the above mentioned purpose;

9. Authorize the PET Retrieval Team to augment the wages of the PET ballot box handlers and to hire 15 local haulers during the retrieval period;

10. Grant the expense request of the Retrieval Team in the estimated amount of PhP 10,457,916.32 for the above mentioned collection activity in Iloilo.

The PET further resolved to :

1. Note the Second Manifestation of Grave Concern of Robredo;

2. Require BBM and the COMELEC to comment on Robredo’s Urgent Motion for Reconsideration x x x to Use 25% Threshold Percentage in the Revision, Recount and Re-Appreciation of Ballotswithin 10 days from notice;

3. Note without Action the Letter from Atty. George Erwin M. Garcia in view of the above requirement to file their Comments thereon;

4. Note the Counter-Manifestation (to Robredo’s Second Manifestation of Grave Concern) of BBM;

5. Note & Grant the Letter – request of Atty. Maria Bernadette V. Sardillo that the compact disks (CDs) they provided the COMELEC during the decryption activity be returned to them;

6. Direct the Clerk of the Tribunal to turn over the above mentioned CDs to Robredo’s counsel;

7. Require Robredo’s counsel to coordinate with the Tribunal’s Clerk for the turnover of the above mentioned CDs;

8. Note the Incident Report relative to the alleged inappropriate behavior of Atty. Joan M. Padilla and admonish her not to talk to any of the head revisors and not to disrupt the revision process in general;

9. Note several Incident Reports regarding wet ballots, missing Election Returns (ERs) and Voters’ Receipts (VRs) and other discrepancies in Camarines Sur;  Per the PET, the revision of the decrypted ballot images shall be done only after the revision of all the ballot boxes from Camarines Sur currently in the custody of the PET;

10. Require the Municipal Treasurers to explain, within 10 days from notice, why the ballots were wet and/or damaged;

11. Note the Incident Report dated 2 April 2018 regarding to the re-opening of ballot boxes in Barangay San Isidro, Camarines Sur;

12. Note the Incident Report dated 10 April 2018 regarding the re-opening of ballot boxes in Barangay San Isidro, Camarines Sur;

13. Note the Incident Report dated 10 April 2018 regarding wet ballots, re-sealed ballot boxes in Santo Niño, Sagñay, Camarines Sur;

14. Note the Incident Report dated 13 April 2018 relative to the physical counting of valid votes in Bula, Camarines Sur;

15. Note & Grant COMELEC’s request to access the Memory Configuration Area at its Sta. Rosa Warehouse to effect repairs, provided it be conducted in the presence of the PET representatives and the parties; and

16. Note the Memorandum of the PET Commissioners in connection with Robredo’s Manifestation of Grave Concern and Affirm the findings of the PET Commissioners that the actions of the Head Revisors complained of by Robredo were in conformity with the PET Revision Guidelines.

(click here to see the 17 May 2018 Notice from the PET)

On 18 May 2018, BBM received a Notice from the COMELEC directing several election officers from Akbar, Basilan to explain why the ballots and other election documents in various clustered precincts have not yet been delivered;

(click here to see the 18 May 2018 Notice from the COMELEC)

After 98 weeks (or roughly 690 days), the PET:

• has begun the manual recounting of votes for Camarines Sur
[per undertaking # 11 of 21]

After Camarines Sur, the remaining two (2) “pilot province” are Iloilo & Negros Oriental.

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