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First Posted 13:02:00 04/27/2011
Last Updated 18:36:00 06/21/2011
At last, the time of reckoning. The House of Representatives Electoral Tribunal (HRET) starts the recount today of the contested Biliran votes last May 10.
Update (Sept. 19, 2011 09:38 am) : HRET case at a stand still. Congress busy with budget hearing.
Update (June 21, 2011 08:36 am) : Election Protest. Appreciation of claims by both sides just finished, HRET decision is awaited.
Update (May 5, 2011 12:54 pm) : Complete news blackout for Chong. “We cant risk any mistake, Thanks for understanding” explains Atty. Glenn Chong. On the contrary, Gov. Espina says that he is open for an interviews when the result of the HRET comes out.
The presentation of evidence is said to end this June. The exact date is not yet fixed.
Update (April 28, 2011 10:10 pm) :Gov. Gerryboy Espina said: to Glenn Chong That’s true, Let’s just wait for the final result of the protest, nirerespeto natin yung pag file nila ng protesta, sana matapos nalang kaagad. Para kung ano man ang maging decision eh matahimik na ang mga pagiisip ng mga Biliranon.
Update (April 28, 2011 8:33 pm) :
Glenn Chong said: to Gov. Gerryboy Espina You’re entitled to your own opinion and I’m entitled in my own opinion.
Update (April 28, 2011 7:15 pm) : Gov. Gerryboy Espina said: In response to Glenn’s reaction to my statement na after the 25% na ma recount at pagnakitaan ng significant change tsaka pa lang itutuloy ang 75% na naiwan. That statement is based on our lawyers understanding. Now sa statement ni Glenn na sinasabi nya na sigurado sila sa recount ngayon na bubuksan ang remaining 75%. Sino ngayon ang parang mas labaw pa sa HRET.
Better if We will just wait for the final resolution of HRET regarding Glenn’s protest. Ang importante nagsimula na ang proceso.
Update (April 28, 2011 7:00 pm) : Gov. Gerryboy Espina said: To Glenn Chong He can say whatever he wants to say, kung yan ang kini claim nya na result ng recount wala na akong magagawa doon, bastat kami mayroon din kaming claim sa result ng recount.
Pero as far as I’m concern, unti unti nang lumalabas ang katotohanan. Para sa akin maliliwanagan na rin ang mga Biliranon na walang nangyaring dayaan noong election.
Ngayong nag start na ang recount hayaan nalang natin umandar ang proceso, at the end lalabas din ang totoo.
Sa ngayon hindi natin maiiwasan na talagang may nagpapalakas pa ng loob kahit alam na na wala ng pag-asa.
Update (April 28, 2011 6:00 pm) :
Glenn Chong said: to Gov. Gerryboy Espina Pukrata ang imung mga mata ug ayaw pa ma-ang ma-ang diha. Sulti sa tinuod. ika duha dili ikaw ang HRET ug sigurado kami base sa resulta karun na ma recount ang nahabilin na 124 ballot boxes.
Update (April 28, 2011 5:40 pm) :
Gov. Gerryboy Espina said: Rulings nang HRET 25% walang changes. Anong grounds na buksan pa ang 75%? it`s clear na walang pagbabago.
Update (April 28, 2011 5:10 pm) : Contrasting claims. Gov. Espina reports 0:0 deadlock in HRET manual recount. Glenn Chong reports highest recovery of votes for Biliran among all protest cases.
Update (April 28, 2011 4:30 pm) : Prelim Hearing. Right after the HRET recount, the tribunal conducted a preliminary hearing. Presentation of evidence by Chong sked on May 3 and 6.
Lost rejected votes. After the HRET manual recount, it was found that 6 precincts had lost the envelopes with the rejected ballots.
Update (April 28, 2011 3pm) : Finished. The manual recount of 25% of the Biliran votes by HRET just completed. Result 0:0 deadlock, said Gov. Gerryboy Espina
Update (April 28, 2011 12nn) : Almost there. As of noon today, only 15% of first 25% of Biliran votes remain to be manually counted by HRET.
HRET counted today 1/3 of the aggreed 25% of Biliran votes for manual recount. Ballot boxes from Naval and Cabucgayan were counted.