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Is the Supreme Court Unmindful of Bongbong Marcos’ Ballot Images Decryption and Printing Requests?

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welcome By: Elena Grace Flores

The Supreme Court is quick to postpone the preliminary conference from June 21 to July 11. That favors Vice President Leni Robredo. However, it is still quiet on the requests of Bongbong Marcos to order the Comelec to decrypt and print ballot images during the 2016 elections.

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[VIDEO]: QRT: Marcos, hiniling sa PET ang pag-decrypt at pagpapa-print sa ballot images noong 2016 elections

Bongbong Marcos’ Pleas

Marcos’ legal counsel, George Garcia, requests the decryption and printing of ballot images from secure digital cards. Plus other storage devices from each of the 36,445 clustered precincts. The tribunal may order it before the preliminary conference initially on June 21. Since the prelim is postponed for July 11, the Comelec has ample time to comply if ordered by PET.

Speed Up Process

The “Rule 29(a) of the 2010 PET Rules lists the items to be considered during the preliminary conference. It includes other matters that may aid fast disposition of the election protest,” said Garcia. He added that the procedure can also “assist to prepare for the recount proceedings and the presentation of evidence for the protest.”

Target Areas

The contested areas mentioned in the plea are the provinces of Cebu, Leyte, Negros Occidental, Negros Oriental, Masbate, Zamboanga del Sur, Zamboanga del Norte, Bukidnon, Iloilo, Bohol, Quezon, Batangas, Western Samar, Misamis Oriental, and 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 second district of Northern Samar complete the list.

Responsible Sector

Garcia suggests that the Election Records and Statistics Departments (ERSD) of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) should be on top of the process. This could speed up the electoral protest if SC grants it because they can be verified by the naked eye as they are discussed following the agenda for the preliminary conference. No reactions yet from Robredo. Marcos awaits for SC’s reply.

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