BREN Z. GUIAO vs. COMELEC
137 SCRA 366
FACTS OF THE CASE
Petitioner Guiao was a candidate for Assemblyman in the May, 1984elections in Pampanga. At seven o'clock in the evening, the Provincial Boardof Canvassers met at the Conference Hall, Provincial Capitol in San Fernando,Pampanga, to canvass the election returns from the voting centers in theprovince. By 11:30 o'clock in the evening of May 16, 1984, the canvass of allelection returns from all the voting centers of Pampanga had beencompleted without any objection raised by anyone to any of the canvassedreturns. Petitioner Guiao garnered 5
place.It was only after the canvass had been completed did Petitioner Guiaosubmit to the Board of Canvassers his written objections to the inclusion inthe canvass of election returns from various voting centers of differentmunicipalities, on grounds that the canvassed returns were incomplete; thatthere was duress, intimidation, falsification, and the canvassed returns wereobviously manufactured; that there were threats, coercion; and thatComelec's copy was not authentic, statistically improbable; and, that personsin Saudi Arabia were made to appear as if they had voted.Notwithstanding delay in the submission of these written objections,the Board of Canvassers nevertheless held a hearing on the same day. TheChairman of the Board of Canvassers, Atty. Manuel Lucero also sent to theCommission on Elections a memorandum, stating and informing that the—Objections were raised after the completion of the canvass and requestingthat the Provincial Board of Canvassers in Pampanga be authorized toproclaim the winning candidate based on the results of the completedcanvass without prejudice to the outcome of the hearing on the objections.