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Bongbong asks PET to speed up proceedings on VP poll protest

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By Freddie G. Lazaro

LAOAG CITY, Ilocos Norte — To speed-up the proceedings, former Senator Ferdinand (Bongbong) R. Marcos Jr. has asked the Supreme Court, sitting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET), to order the decryption and printing of ballot images from the clustered precincts of 30 contested provinces.

MB FILE—Sen Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. speaks during a press conference regarding his alleged involvement in the multi-billion-peso pork barrel scam during a press conference at the Senate building in Pasay City on September 10, 2013. Marcos said his signature and that of his chief of staff in documents on the transfer of his pork barrel funds to an NGO were faked.(Photo by Jacqueline Hernandez) MANILA BULLETIN

Sen Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. (Photo by Jacqueline Hernandez) MANILA BULLETIN File Photo

In a seven (7)-page Motion, Marcos’ counsel, George Erwin Garcia, moved to decrypt and print the ballot image from the Secure Digital (SD) cards and/or data storage devices from each of the 36,465 protested clustered precincts in the contested areas ahead of the scheduled preliminary conference on June 21, 2017 to hasten the process.

Garcia explained that the decryption and printing may be ordered by the Tribunal before the scheduled preliminary conference since the 2010 Rules of the PET allow any course of action that will expedite the proceedings.

“Rule 29(a) of the 2010 PET Rules enumerated the items to be considered during the preliminary conference, which includes among others, such other matters as may aid in the prompt disposition of the election protest,” Garcia noted.

He added that such procedure will also “assist in the preparation for the recount proceedings and the presentation of evidence for the protest.”

The contested areas subject of the proposed decryption and printing of ballot images included the provinces of Cebu, Leyte, Negros Occidental, Negros Oriental, Masbate, Zamboanga del Sur, Zamboanga Del Norte, Bukidnon, Iloilo Province, Bohol, Quezon, Batangas, Western Samar, Misamis Oriental, Camarines Sur, Palawan, Albay, Zamboanga Sibugay, Misamis Occidental, Pangasinan and Isabela; Iloilo City, Bacolod City, Cebu City, Lapu-Lapu City and Zamboanga City and the 2nd District of Northern Samar.

Garcia said the decryption and printing of the ballot images will be conducted and supervised by the Election Records and Statistics Departments (ERSD) of the Commission on Elections (COMELEC).

He was however quick to note the motion is without prejudice to the conduct of the Judicial Recount/Revision, Technical Examination and Forensic Investigation of the paper ballots and/or the ballot images, voter’s receipts, election returns, audit logs, transmission logs, the lists of voters, particularly the Election Day Computerized Voter’s List (EDCVL), and voters registration records (VRRs), and other paraphernalia used in the May 2016 elections.

The camp of the former Senator had also earlier asked the PET to assign three (3) hearing officers who will hear the three main issues in his election protest in order to fast-track the much-delayed proceedings.

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  • Human_factor

    Corrupt and plunder Marcos clan will never stop until Bongbong becomes a VP using billions of dollars stolen from PH treasury. So ironic DuDirty provided all political and power play assistance to Marcoses after initial possession of P75 Million donation during presidential campaign and perhaps more under the table. Should DuDirty show of force as president allowed dictator and corrupt F…k Marcos to be buried in heroes cemetery where previous presidents objected and denied what is more forcing congress and electoral system to work under his tutelage.

  • txslim55

    a simple an cheap bullet will stop all the Marcos’s

  • Dutertard

    kating kati na itong ilokanong ito oh… nagmamadali ng husto.. Hoy tang ina mong talunan ka.. mag dildil kna na lng ng saluyot..wla na patutunguhan ung protesta mo.. BOBO!