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PRESIDENTIAL ELECTORAL TRIBUNAL
MANUEL A. ROAS!
- versus – P.E.T. Case No. ""#
$E$OMAR C. BINA%!
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ALICIA C. LA&A'A!
RICARDO M. BAUTISTA!
$OEL B. ABALOS!
$ONAT(AN R. SI)EL
- versus -
SITO S. BRILLANTES! $R.!
In his capacit+ as Chai,-an
of the Co--ission on Elections!
an. Co-elec Co--issione,s
Lucenito N. Ta/le! Elias R. %usoph!
Li-! Ma,ia ',acia Cielo M.
Pa.aca! an. AL. A. Pa,eno!
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PETITION 0OR CONTEMPT
12hethe, Di,ect! In.i,ect! o, C,i-inal3
PETITIONERS! through counsel, and by way of this Petition for
CONTEMPT of COURT in consolidation and related to the above-
captioned principal action as mandated in Section 4, Rule !of the Revised
Rules of "ourt, most respectfully manifest and state, that#
!. $he petitioners are# ALICIA C. LA&A'A, of legal age,
%ilipino, and a registered voter with residence address at !&
'ontserrat st. Sta. Rosa (state, )rangay *on +ose Sta. Rosa,
&. RICARDO M. BAUTISTA! of legal age, %ilipino, and a
registered voter with residence at !-! %elix 'analo Street, )rgy.
.abayanan, San +uan "ity, 'etro 'anila.
-. $OEL ABALOS! of legal age, %ilipino, and a registered
voter, with residence at St. %rancis, )arangay Pooc, Sta. Rosa
4. $ONAT(AN R. SI)EL! of legal age, %ilipino, and a registered
voter, with office address at *.% bldg. &%, Ri/al )lvd, )arangay
Pooc, Santa Rosa, ,aguna.
0ll of them shall be collectively referred to as Petitioners
for purposes of brevity.
$he Petitioners are represented by ATT%. 'ERARDO A. DEL
MUNDO! with law office address at 1o. !& 2eroes del 345, corner
6on/ales Streets, )rgy. 54, 7one 5, "aloocan "ity, 'etro 'anila, through
whom the petitioners may be served with summons, pleadings, orders,
resolutions, notices, and other documents.
-. $he Public Respondents "hairman and "ommissioners are the
highest officials of the "ommission on (lections 8hereinafter called
"omelec for short9. 0ll the public respondents are duty - bound under the
4567 Constitution to 8143 Enfo,ce an. a.-iniste, all la9s an. ,e/ulatios
,elati:e to the con.uct of an election! plebiscite! initiati:e! ,efe,en.u-!
an. ,ecall.;! a-on/ othe, po9e,s an. functions.
4. $he public respondents may be served with summons, pleadings,
orders, resolutions, notices, and other documents at their "omelec office at
the Palacio del 6overnador, :ntramuros, 'anila.
;. <n +anuary &-, &==, Republic Act No. 5<=5 9as app,o:e.. It
is 8AN ACT AMENDIN' REPUBLIC ACT NO. 6#<=!
ENTITLED 8AN ACT AUT(ORI&IN' T(E
COMMISSION ON ELECTIONS TO USE AN
AUTOMATED ELECTION S%STEM IN T(E MA% 44!
4556 NATIONAL OR LOCAL ELECTIONS AND IN
SUBSE>UENT NATIONAL AND LOCAL ELECTORAL
EERCISES! TO ENCOURA'E TRANSPARENC%!
CREDIBILIT%! 0AIRNESS AND ACCURAC% O0
ELECTIONS! AMENDIN' 0OR T(E PURPOSE BATAS
PAMBANSA BL'. 664! AS AMENDED! REPUBLIC ACT
NO. 74== AND OT(ER RELATED ELECTION LA2S!
PRO?IDIN' 0UNDS T(ERE0OR AND 0OR OT(ER
5. <n 'arch &!, &=!&, respondent "<'(,(" (n )anc
promulgated its Resolution 1o. 4-5 which resolved among others#
>2(EREAS! an auto-ate. election s+ste- 1AES3 9ill be
in the Ma+ 4<! @"4< national an. local elections in acco,.ance
9ith Section = of Republic Act No. 5<=5;
AA AA AA
82(EREAS! the Co--ission;s P,oBect Mana/e-ent
Office fo, the Ma+ 4<! @"4< National an. Local Elections
has sub-itte. an Inspection Repo,t sho9in/ that the PCOS
use. in the Ma+ 4"! @"4" elections a,e p,ope,l+ sto,e. at the
Cabu+ao 2a,ehouse 9he,e sai. PCOS a,e cu,,entl+ stocCe..;
<fficial copy of said "omelec Resolution 1o. 4-5 is attached as ANNE
8A; and made integral part hereof.
. :n early +anuary &=!4, petitioners received intelligence reports
from several ?nowledgeable sources that the P"<S machines have already
been transferred from its -.4-hectare warehousing complex, located at :on
Street corner (ast Road, ,ight :ndustrial Science Par? 8,:SP9, "abuyao,
,aguna to a nearby much smaller, warehouse reportedly without
8"opies of pictures showing the said @arehouse and facilities as
occupied and which P"<S machines and all its integral, peripheral and
component paraphernalia used in the &=!= and &=!- automated elections are
?ept and stored, manned by personnel wor?ing in the said warehouse,
befo,e the t,ansfe,! are hereto attached as ANNEES 8B; 9ith noticeD
E2ARNIN' TO T(E PUBLIC; The contents of the Me-o,+
Confi/u,ation Roo- 1MCR3 insi.e this 9a,ehouse a,e the p,ope,t+ of
the Co--ission on Election an. a,e un.e, the P,ecautiona,+
P,otection O,.e, .ate. Au/ust <4! @"4" issue. b+ the P,esi.ential
Electo,al T,ibunal 1Sup,e-e Cou,t3; in connection 9ith the ?iceF
P,esi.ential p,otest of Manuel A. RoAas :s. $eBo-a, Bina+3! 8BF4;19ith
I.entifiable pictu,e of Co-elec Chai,-an SiAto B,illantes! $,.3! >BF@;!
8BF<; an. 8BF#;. 8BF<;! BF#;
8Afte, the t,ansfe, to anothe, s-alle, 9a,ehouse! the o,i/inal fi,st
2a,ehouse beca-e e-pt+ as sho9n in the he,ein attache. copies of
ANNE 8C;! 8CF4;! 8CF@;! 8CF<;! 8CF#;3.
A. Petitioners respectfully submit that the transfer was arbitrary,
unlawful, and contemptible as it would reBuire proper authority and
permission from the 2onorable Presidential (lectoral $ribunal 8P($9 where
the electoral protest of the losing vice-presidential candidate 'anuel 0.
Roxas is still pending as well as in the 2ouse of Representatives (lectoral
$ribunal 82R($9 where electoral protest by -& congressional losers are
4. @ith due respect, the clandestine transfer without public bidding
and proper permission of the P"<S machines along with its integral,
peripheral and component 0utomatic (lectoral System 80(S9 paraphernalia
is in gross and culpable violation of the P($ Resolution promulgated on
0ugust -!, &=!= in P($ "ase 1o. ==4 titled >'anuel 0. Roxas vs. +eComar
". )inayD wherein the P($ resolved to#
> AA AA AA 1B3 'RANT the sepa,ate -otions of the
p,otestant an. p,otestee fo, a P,ecautiona,+ P,otection O,.e,
pu,suant to Rule <= of the @"4" Rules of the P,esi.ential
NO2! T(ERE0ORE! pu,suant to ,ule <= of the @"4" Rules of
the P,esi.ential Electo,al T,ibunal! %ou! the Co--ission on Elections!
+ou, a/ents! ,ep,esentati:es! o, pe,sons actin/ in +ou, place o, stea.!
inclu.in/ the -unicipal t,easu,e,s! elections office,s! an. the
,esponsible pe,sonnel an. custo.ians! a,e he,eb+ DIRECTED to
PRESER?E an. SA0E'UARD the inte/,it+ of the ballot boAes!
thei, contents an. Ce+s! list of :ote,s 9ith :otin/ ,eco,.s! booCs of
:ote,s an. othe, .ocu-ents an. pa,aphe,nalia use. in the Ma+ @"4"
elections fo, the position of ?iceFP,esi.ent of the Republic of the
Philippines! as 9ell as the .ata sto,a/e .e:ices containin/ the elect,onic
.ata e:i.encin/ the ,esults of elections in the conteste. 7=!<#"
cluste,e. p,ecincts subBect of the P,otest an. Counte,FP,otest!
effecti:e i--e.iatel+ an. continuin/ until fu,the, o,.e,s f,o- the
'I?EN b+ the autho,it+ of the (ono,able Renato C. Co,ona!
Chai,pe,son of the P,esi.ential Electo,al T,ibunal an. Chief $ustice
of the Sup,e-e Cou,t of the Philippines! this <4
.a+ of Au/ust @"4";
8"opy of the official record of the said P.(.$. Resolution is hereto attached
as ANNE 8D;9.
!=. %urther, petitioners hereby invo?ed Section 5 of Batas
Pa-bansa Bl/. 66# app,o:e. on Dece-be, "<! 456G 8An Act
Constitutin/ an In.epen.ent P,esi.ential Electo,al T,ibunal to T,+!
(ea, an. Deci.e Election Contests in the Office of P,esi.ent an. ?iceF
P,esi.ent of the Philippines! App,op,iatin/ 0un.s the,efo, an. fo,
8Section 5. The T,ibunal shall ha:e the po9e, to ,eco--en.
the i--e.iate p,osecution of pe,sons! eithe, public office,s o, p,i:ate
in.i:i.uals! 9ho in its opinion appea, to ha:e pa,ticipate. in an+
i,,e/ula,it+ connecte. 9ith the can:assin/ an.Ho, acco-plishin/ of
election ,etu,ns! inclu.in/ but not li-ite. to the fo,/in/ o, falsification
of a.:ance ,epo,t of election ,etu,ns! ta-pe,in/ in an+ -anne, 9ith the
election ,etu,ns! failu,e to affiA the ,eIui,e. si/natu,es an.
thu-b-a,Cs b+ an+ -e-be, o, -e-be,s of the boa,. of election
inspecto,s o, boa,. of can:asse,s! o, unnecessa,+ .ela+ in the sen.in/
o, t,ans-ission of an+ election ,etu,ns o, pa,aphe,nalia use. in the
election! o, in the t,anspo,t an. safeCeepin/ of ballot boAes.
T(E TRIBUNAL S(ALL BE EMPO2ERED TO STORE OR
DEPOSIT BALLOT BOES! ELECTION RETURNS ANDALL
OT(ER ELECTION PARAP(ERNALIA IN A SA0E AND SECURE
PLACE UNDER 'UARD B% APPROPRIATE DEPUTIES
APPOINTED B% T(E TRIBUNAL! AND! UPON 0ORMAL
RE>UEST B% T(E CONTESTANTS OR T(EIR ATTORNE%S! T(E
LATTER S(ALL BE AUT(ORI&ED TO POST T(EIR O2N
T(E TRIBUNAL OR AN% O0 ITS DUL% AUT(ORI&ED
MEMBERS S(ALL (A?E T(E PO2ER TO PUNIS( 0OR
CONTEMPT! AS PRO?IDED 0OR IN RULE 74 O0 T(E RE?ISED
RULES O0 COURT! UNDER T(E SAME PROCEDURE AND 2IT(
T(E SAME PENALTIES PRO?IDED T(EREIN AND EERCISED
B% SUPERIOR COURTS.; 1Caps.! ou,s3.
!!. 0s additional support to this Petition for "ontempt of "ourt,
whether *irect, or :ndirect, or "riminal "ontempt, petitioners respectfully
submit the ,etter of 'r. +onathan R. Sinel, a concerned citi/en and
registered voter, and, as Spo?esperson of the 16< 'ovement 0gainst 6raft
E 0buse of Power 8'060P9 dated 'ay &&, &=!4 which highlights the
foregoing statement of facts as addressed to and received, by the "hief
+ustice of the Supreme "ourt and "hairperson of the Presidential (lectoral
$ribunal, Padre %aura, 'anila.
8<fficial copy of said ,etter of 'ay &&, &=!4, is hereto attached as ANNE
8E; the averments thereof are made integral parts hereof9.
!&. $hat, an official copy of the said P($ Resolution promulgated
on 0ugust -!, &=!= entitled >PRECAUTIONAR% PROTECTION
ORDER; was duly received by the "ommission on (lections through The
Solicito, 'ene,al representing the "omelec and the 6overnment, and the
respondentsD "omelec had Cudicial notice thereof.
!-. $hat, the respondents3 "omelec high officials continue to
disobey, ignore and violate the 2onorable $ribunal3s Resolution, as it
bra/enly and contumaciously ignored, disobeyed, and disregarded its duty
to preserve and safeguard the integrity of the P"<S machines and its
component paraphernalia, ballot boxes, their contents and ?eys, lists of
voters with voting records, boo?s of voters and other election official
records, not only for 'ay &=!= elections and more so, for the 'ay &=!-,
and the coming 'ay &=!5 national and local elections, as exposed in the
media by '060P3s Spo?esperson, 'r. +onathan R. SiFel.
$he admission of "omelec spo?esman *ir. +ames +imene/ that the
P"<S machines were already transferred from its warehouse in "abuyao,
,aguna, whether Cudicial or extra-Cudicial, is conclusive and needs no
*irector +ames +imene/ admitted this fact about the transfer of the P"<S
machines in an interview with "hannel !! 1ews $G 'arch ;, &=!4
edition of +essica Soho3s S$0$( of the 10$:<1 program
8www.youtube.comHwatchIvJ=7h.Kv4=t9 wherein a
portion of his pertinent statement is hereto transcribed as follows#
> @e moved it to smaller location. So yun ang nangyari. $here3s nothing
secret about it. @ala namang Protective <rder eh, covering the P"<S that
were transferred. 0h, so wala tayong na-violate dyan. ; 1Attache. he,e9ith
as ANNE 80;3.
!4. :n support of this instant Petition for "ontempt, whether,
*irect, or :ndirect, andHor "riminal "ontempt, petitioners anchor their
arguments by adopting any of the applicable Curisprudence on the matter,
8In its b,oa. sense! a conte-pt is a .is,e/a,. of! o,
.isobe.ience to! the ,ules o, o,.e,s of a le/islati:e o,
Bu.icial bo.+ o, an inte,,uption of its p,ocee.in/s b+
.iso,.e,l+ beha:io, o, insolent lan/ua/e in its p,esence
o, so nea, the,eto as to .istu,b its p,ocee.in/s o, to
i-pai, the ,espect .ue to such a bo.+.; 147 C.C.S.! 6F53
8Conte-pt of cou,t ha:e been classifie. as ci:il o,
c,i-inal! o, as .i,ect o, const,ucti:e. In a..ition to the
te,- 8const,ucti:e;! as an antithesis of 8.i,ect; the cou,ts
ha:e use. such 9o,.s as 8in.i,ect; an. 8conseIuential;.
eithe, a ci:il o, c,i-inal conte-pt -a+ be .i,ect o,
in.i,ect.; 147 C.$.S.! G.3
8It is a ci:il conte-pt fo, a pe,son to fail to co-pl+
9ith an o,.e, of a cou,t ,eIui,in/ hi- to pa+ -one+ fo,
his 9ifeJs suppo,tK TO ?IOLATE AN IN$UNCTION
p,ese,:in/ the business ,i/hts of the plaintiffK to Bustif+
falsel+ on Bu.icial bon.K to inte,pose a falsel+ :e,ifie.
ans9e,K o, fo, an atto,ne+ to taCe con:e+ance f,o- a
client pen.ent lite.; 14@ A-. $u,.! <5<F<5#3
8C,i-inal conte-pt p,ocee.in/s a,e those b,ou/ht
to p,ese,:e the po9e, an. :in.icate the .i/nit+ of the
cou,t an. to punish fo, .isobe.ience of its o,.e,s. A c,i-inal
conte-pt is co--itte. b+ a pa,t+ in a ci:il action 9he,e he
falsel+ p,eten.s that he is too ill to atten. cou,tK B% A
0AILURE TO TURN O?ER PROPERT% AS ORDEREDK
b+ the conceal-ent of assets b+ a banC,uptK b+ p,ocee.in/
9ith a sale in .efiance of an o,.e, of the cou,tK o, b+
:iolatin/ an inBunction a/ainst inte,fe,ence 9ith a co-plainant
e-plo+ee! althou/h as to this lastF-entione. point the,e is
autho,it+ to the cont,a,+.; 14@ A-. $u,.! <5@F<5@3
8A pe,son /uilt+ of .i,ect conte-pt -a+ be punishe.
su--a,il+. 1Sec. 4! Rule 74! Rules of Cou,t3. The $u./e .oes
not ha:e to 9ait fo, an+ co-plaint befo,e he can act. 1To,,es :s.
Teo.o,o! 4"4 Phil.! #@53. The cou,t -a+! upon its o9n
Cno9le./e of the facts! 9ithout fu,the, p,oof! 9ithout issue o,
t,ial! an. 9ithout heain/ an eAplanation of the -oti:es of the
offen.e, i--e.iatel+ p,ocee. to .ete,-ine 9hethe, the facts
Bustif+ punish-ent an. to inflict such punish-ent as see-s
p,ope, 9ithin li-its allo9e. b+ la9.; 14@ A-. $u,.! #6"3
!;. Petitioners3 submission to this 2onorable Presidential (lectoral
$ribunal is respectfully prayed for, and allowed, where an INDIRECT
CONTEMPT under Section 4 of the Revised Rules of "ourt has been
committed against a superior court 8P.(.$.9, the charge may be filed with
such superior court, under Sec. 4, Rule !, Revised Rules of "ourt, which
8SEC. #. (o9 p,ocee.in/s co--ence.. FF P,ocee.in/s
fo, in.i,ect conte-pt -a+ be initiate. -otu p,op,io b+ the
cou,t a/ainst 9hich the conte-pt 9as co--itte. b+ an o,.e,
o, an+ othe, fo,-al cha,/e ,eIui,in/ the ,espon.ent to sho9
cause 9h+ he shoul. not be punishe. fo, conte-pt.
In all othe, cases! cha,/es fo, in.i,ect conte-pt shall be
co--ence. b+ a :e,ifie. petition 9ith suppo,tin/ pa,ticula,s
an. ce,tifie. t,ue copies of .ocu-ents o, pape,s in:ol:e.
the,ein! an. upon full co-pliance 9ith the ,eIui,e-ents fo,
filin/ initial plea.in/s fo, ci:il actions in the cou,t conce,ne..
If the conte-pt cha,/es a,ose out of o, a,e ,elate. to a p,incipal
action pen.in/ in the cou,t! the petition fo, conte-pt shall
alle/e that fact but sai. petition shall be .ocCette.! hea,. an.
.eci.e. sepa,atel+! unless the cou,t in its .isc,etion o,.e,s the
consoli.ation of the conte-pt cha,/e an. the p,incipal action
fo, Boint hea,in/ an. .ecision.;
P R A % E R
2(ERE0ORE! an. in the li/ht of the fo,e/oin/! petitione,s
p,a+ that this Petition fo, In.i,ect Conte-pt pu,suant to Sections 7 an.
6! Rule 74! Re:ise. Rules of Cou,tD 143 Be hea,. fo,th9ith! b+ the
(ono,able P.E.T. -otu p,op,io ,eIui,in/ the ,espon.ents TO
S(O2 CAUSE 9h+ the+ shoul. not be punishe. fo, conte-ptK 1@3
The,eafte,! to ,en.e, A 'UILT% ?ERDICT a/ainst the ,espon.ents
.ue to :iolation of the PET RESOLUTION .ate. Au/ust <4! @"4"K 1<3
To pa+ a fine of Thi,t+ Thousan. Pesos 1Php<"!""".""3 each of the
,espon.entsK 1#3 O, to PUT IN $AIL o, IMPRISONMENT not
eAcee.in/ siA 1=3 -onths! o, BOT(K 1G3 To o,.e, co-plete ,estitution
to all the pa,ties 1liCe e-plo+ees an. 9o,Cfo,ce! lesseeHo9ne,s of the
p,ope,t+Han. 2a,ehouseHfacilities fi,st an. o,i/inall+ use. b+ the
,espon.ent Co-elec3! 1=3 To enfo,ce the conte-pt 9hich consiste. in
the ,efusal o, o-ission to .o an act 9hich is +et in the po9e, of the
,espon.ents to pe,fo,-! an. to o,.e, ,espon.entsJ i-p,ison-ent until
the+ pe,fo,- an. co-pl+ 9ith the (ono,able PET PRECAUTIONAR%
PROTECTION ORDER pu,suant to its Resolution of Au/ust <4! @"4".
Othe, ,elief! Bust! eIuitable an. inci.ental un.e, the p,e-ises a,e
also p,a+e. to this (ono,able T,ibunal! the SA?IOR fo, honest!
o,.e,l+! clean! an. c,e.ible elections.
Caloocan Cit+ fo, Manila! $une @@! @"4#.
'ERARDO A. DEL MUNDO LA2 O00ICE
*el 'undo )ldg., 1o. !& 2eroes del 345
corner 6on/aes Streets, )rgy 54, 7one 5
"aloocan "ity, 'etro 'anila
"ellphone 1o. =4&A-=;!4=L (mailH%)
'ERARDO A'UILA DEL MUNDO
Counsel fo, the Petitione,s
PTR No. MLT #<<GGG5! <H@GH4#
:)P 1o. 4;5;&, N" "hap., 4H!4H!4
Roll 1o. &4&, '",( +"'P% ==!;
CERTI0ICATION O0 NONF0ORUM S(OPPIN'
2E! Alicia C. LaMa/a! Rica,.o M. Bautista! $oel B. Abalos! an.
$onathan R. SiNel! afte, ha:in/ been .ul+ s9o,n! .epose an. state thatD
!. @e are the petitioners in the above-captioned petition for
&. @e caused the preparation of this petition, with its verification
and certification and the filing of the sameL that we have read the petition
and ac?nowledged that the contents thereof are true and correct of our own
personal ?nowledge andHor based upon authentic documentsL
- @e have not filed any similar petition or any pleading with any
court, tribunal, Buasi-Cudicial agency, the "omelec, or any of the Regional
<ffices, or before any other body, nor is there any such petition or
application pending thereinL
4. :f we should thereafter learn that the same or similar petition or
Pleading has been filed or is pending, we shall report that fact within five 8;9
days there from to this 2onorable $ribunal.
ALICIA C. LA&A'A
D,i:e,Js License No. *o4-A&-=!;4A
Issue. at On ****************
RICARDO M. BAUTISTA
Issue. at San +uan 1"R &
*istrict On ****************
$OEL B. ABALOS
PRC No. =4!4--A
Issue. at Sampaloc 'anila On %ebruary A, &==
$ONAT(AN R. SI)EL
CTC No. !4&4A4!5
Issue. at Sta. Rosa "ity, ,aguna On 'ay &5, &=!4
SUBSCRIBED AND S2ORN to before me, this
MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM at 'anila, Phils., affiants exhibiting to me their
respective valid :dentification cards with numbers, dates and place of issue
as indicated below their respective names.
*oc. 1o. MMMMML
Page 1o.MMMMM L
Series of &=!4.
Cop+ of the foregoing petition for contempt are sent by registered
mail to the parties hereinbelow indicated with return card, since personal
service cannot be made due to constraints of time, distance and lac? of
'ERARDO A. DEL MUNDO
The Co--ission On Elections
Chai,-an an. the Co--issione,s
Palacio .el 'obe,na.o,
The Solicito, 'ene,al
4<# A-o,solo St,eet
Le/aspi ?illa/e! 4@@5 MaCati Cit+
Public Info,-ation Office
Att+. Bien:eni.o I. So-e,a! $,.
Att+. $oe Nathan P Tenef,ancia
Att+. Ro.el A. C,uM
Counsel fo, the P,otestant RoAas
446 Pe,ea St,eet! Le/aspi ?illa/e
4@@5 MaCati Cit+
%o,ac A,,o+o Chua Cae.o O Co,onel La9 0i,-
Counsel fo, P,otestee Bina+
<4"< A 2est To9e,
Phil. StocC EAchan/e Cente,
EAchan/e Roa.! O,ti/as Cente,
Pasi/ Cit+ 4="G
Subi.o Pa/ente Ce,teMa Men.oMa O Bina+ La9 0i,-
Counsel fo, P,otestee Bina+
0loo,! ?aluePoint EAecuti:e Bl./.
@@7 Salce.o St.! Le/aspi ?illa/e
MaCati Cit+ 4@@5
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