Once again, the Supreme Court grants the Motion of the COMELEC for additional time or until 26 September 2017 to comply with the PET’s Show Cause Order. This is the second time that the COMELEC requests to extend their compliance. PET somehow tolerates it. Despite Bongbong Marcos’ confidence that the recount can show the truth, the delay hampers it because of such connivance. This prompts people to believe that the President is right to impeach the SC Chief Justice, Maria Lourdes-Sereno. She is a Liberal Party player and an appointee of ex-Pnoy who vows to block Marcos from the executive post.
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Comelec is Slow to Comply
Its recommended procedures, logistics, schedule and estimated costs relative to the Decryption and Printing of Ballot Images for Camarines Sur, Iloilo, and Negros Oriental are not yet ready. Its compliance with the PET’s Show Cause Order by 18 September 2017 has been extended. It is already the second time that the COMELEC requested for additional time to comply with the said Order. One of its excuses is the local elections which the President already moved for next year.
Bongbong Marcos’ Compliance
Marcos manifests on his list of witnesses for Basilan, Lanao del Sur, and Maguindanao. He also identifies the corresponding clustered precincts of these witnesses as required. The Supreme Court, however, grants the decryption of the Secure Digital (SD) cards relative to the 751 pilot protested precincts of Francis Tolentino. Provided that prior notice is given to all the parties in interest so they can observe and participate in the said activities.
Leni Robredo’s Manifestation
Marcos’ actions are the answers to Leni Robredo’s manifestation regarding the Preliminary Conference Order. He has commented on his list of witnesses for Basilan, Lanao del Sur and Maguindanao as well as identified the corresponding clustered precincts of these witnesses. Such scrutinies are supposed to be discussed during the electoral protest sessions. Therefore, it is right to say that “delay” is the name of Robredo’s game.
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