REQUIREMENTS FOR FILING AN
ELECTION PROTEST

WHO may file?

Any candidate who: (1) has duly filed a certificate of candidacy, (2) has been voted for the same office, and (3) has obtained the second or third highest number of votes.

WHEN to file?

Within fifteen (15) days from June 30 of the election year or the date of actual assumption to office, whichever is later.

WHERE to file?

At the Information System and Judicial Records Management Service (ISJRMS) Office, located at Room 301, 3rd Floor, Right Wing, Electoral Tribunal Building.

WHAT are the requirements?

1. The election protest should state the following information:

a. The date of proclamation of the winner and the number of votes obtained by the parties per proclamation;
b. The total number of contested individual and clustered precincts per municipality or city;
c. The individual and clustered precinct numbers and location of the contested precincts;
d. The specific acts or omissions complained of constituting the electoral frauds, anomalies or irregularities in the contested precincts; and
e. A statement as to whether or not there is a need for a revision of ballots.

2.  The election protest must be verified, or should contain an affidavit that the affiant has read it and that the allegations therein are true and correct based on affiant's personal knowledge or authentic records.

3. The election protest hall contain a sworn certification that: (a) protestant has not theretofore commenced any action or filed any claim involving the same issues in any court, tribunal or quasi-judicial agency and, to the best of his or her knowledge, no such other action or claim is pending therein; (b) if there is such other pending action or claim, a complete statement of the present status thereof; and (c) if protestant should thereafter learn that the same or similar action or claim has been filed or is pending, he or she shall report that fact within five (5) days therefrom to the Tribunal.

4. The election protest shall be filed either personally with the Office of the Secretary of the Tribunal or by registered mail addressed to the Secretary of the Tribunal, together with fifteen (15) clearly legible copies thereof.
If filed by registered mail, it shall likewise be accompanied by a postal money order to cover the filing fees and cash deposit as prescribed by these Rules.

5. The required legal fees must be paid.

WHAT are the legal fees to be paid?

1. Php 20, 000.00 Filing fee

2. If a claim for damages or attorney’s fees is set forth in a protest or counter-protest, an additional filing fee shall be paid, which shall be, if the sum claimed is:

a. More than Php 20,000.00 but less than Php 40,000.00 ………. Php 1,000.00
b. Php 40,000.00 or more but less than Php 60,000.00     ………. Php 1,500.00
c. Php 60,000.00 or more but less than Php 80,000.00     ....……. Php 2,000.00
d. Php 80,000.00 or more but less than Php 100,000.00  .………. Php 2,500.00
e. Php 100,000.00 or more but less than Php 150,000.00..….…... Php 3,000.00
f. For every P 1,000.00 in excess of Php 150,000.00     ……….... Php 100.00

3. Cash deposit in the following amounts:

a. If the protest or counter-protest does not require the bringing to the Tribunal of the ballot boxes, copies of election returns as well as other election documents and paraphernalia from the district concerned, ten thousand pesos (Php 10,000.00) to be paid within ten (10) calendar days after the filing of the protest or counter-protest.

b. If the protest or counter-protest requires the bringing of ballot boxes, copies of election returns and other election documents and paraphernalia, three thousand pesos (Php 3,000.00) for each clustered precinct involved therein. If, as thus computed, the amount of the deposit does not exceed one hundred fifty thousand pesos (Php 150,000.00), the same shall be paid in full with the Tribunal within ten (10) calendar days after the filing of the protest or counter-protest.

c. If the required deposit exceeds one hundred fifty thousand pesos (Php 150,000.00), a partial cash deposit of at least one hundred fifty thousand pesos (Php 150,000.00), shall be made within ten (10) calendar days after the filing of the protest or counter-protest. The balance shall be paid in such installments as may be required by the Tribunal on at least five (5) calendar days advance notice to the party required to make a cash deposit.

REQUIREMENTS FOR FILING A
PETITION FOR QUO WARRANTO

WHO may file?

Any registered voter of the congressional district concerned, or any registered voter in case of party-list representatives

WHEN to file?

Within fifteen (15) days from June 30 of the election year or the date of actual assumption to office, whichever is later.

If based on the ground of citizenship, or on the grounds that occur during the term of office of the winning candidate, at anytime during the Member's tenure

WHERE to file?

At the Information System and Judicial Records Management Service (ISJRMS) Office, located at Room 301, 3rd Floor, Right Wing, Electoral Tribunal Building.

WHAT are the requirements?

1. The petition for quo warranto must be verified, or should contain an affidavit that the affiant has read the it and that the allegations therein are true and correct based on the affiant's personal knowledge or authentic records.

2. The petition for quo warranto shall contain a sworn certification that: (a) petitioner has not theretofore commenced any action or filed any claim involving the same issues in any court, tribunal or quasi-judicial agency and, to the best of his or her knowledge, no such other action or claim is pending therein; (b) if there is such other pending action or claim, a complete statement of the present status thereof; and (c) if protestant should thereafter learn that the same or similar action or claim has been filed or is pending, he or she shall report that fact within five (5) days therefrom to the Tribunal.

3. The petition for quo warranto shall be filed either personally with the Office of the Secretary of the Tribunal or by registered mail addressed to the Secretary of the Tribunal, together with fifteen (15) clearly legible copies thereof. If filed by registered mail, it shall likewise be accompanied by a postal money order to cover the filing fees and cash deposit as prescribed by these Rules.

5. The required legal fees must be paid.

WHAT are the legal fees to be paid?

1. Php 20, 000.00 Filing fee

2. If a claim for damages or attorney’s fees is set forth in the petition for quo warranto, an additional filing fee shall be paid, which shall be, if the sum claimed is:

a. More than Php 20,000.00 but less than Php 40,000.00 ………. Php 1,000.00
b. Php 40,000.00 or more but less than Php 60,000.00     ………. Php 1,500.00
c. Php 60,000.00 or more but less than Php 80,000.00     ....……. Php 2,000.00
d. Php 80,000.00 or more but less than Php 100,000.00  .………. Php 2,500.00
e. Php 100,000.00 or more but less than Php 150,000.00..….…... Php 3,000.00
f. For every P 1,000.00 in excess of Php 150,000.00     ……….... Php 100.00

3. Cash deposit of ten thousand pesos (Php 10,000.00) to be paid within ten (10) calendar days after the filing of the petition.

FILING OF PLEADINGS AND SUBMISSION OF OTHER DOCUMENTS
RELATED TO AN EXISTING CASE

HOW to file or submit?

Pleadings, motions or any other document to be filed, including all the attachment the thereto, and proof of service to the opposing party, MUST be submitted in fifteen (15) legible copies to the ISJRMS (located at Room 301, 3rd Floor, Right Wing, Electoral Tribunal Building)

Duration: 10-15 minutes
Fees: None
Forms: None
Office Hours: 8:30 am to 5:00 pm, Monday to Friday


REQUEST FOR CERTIFIED TRUE COPIES OF DOCUMENTS
RELEVANT TO A PENDING CASE

WHO may request?

  • Party or parties to the pending case to which the requested document pertains
  • Counsel on record of the pending case to which the requested document pertains
  • Duly authorized representative of the party or parties, or of the counsel on record of the pending case to which the requested document pertains

HOW to request?

1. Submit the following documents to the ISJRMS (located at Room 301, 3rd Floor, Right Wing, Electoral Tribunal Building):

(a) Duly accomplished Request Form available at the ISJRMS;

(b) Letter address to the Secretary of the Tribunal indicating the name and contact information of the requesting party and his/her representative, the purpose of the request, and the specific document/s subject of the request;

(c) If the requesting party cannot receive the document personally, his/ her representative must submit (i) a letter authorizing the said person to receive the document in behalf of the requesting party, and (ii) proof of identification.

2. Upon apporval of the Secretary of the Tribunal, secure Order of Payment from the Accounting Service (located at Room 210, 2nd Floor, Right Wing, Electoral Tribunal Building);

4. Pay the required legal fees (Php 20.00 per page; Php 200.00 research fee) at the Cash Service (located at Room 208, 2nd Floor, Right Wing, Electoral Tribunal Building);

5. Submit official receipt or proof of payment to ISJRMS to receive requested document.

Duration: 20-30 minutes
Fees: Php 20.00 per page/ Php 200.00 research fee
Forms: Request Form available at ISJRMS
Office Hours: 8:30 am to 5:00 pm, Monday to Friday


 REQUEST FOR CERTIFIED TRUE COPIES OF DOCUMENTS
RELEVANT TO A TERMINATED CASE

WHO may request?
  • Any person
HOW to request?

1. Fill out the REQUEST FORM (available at the ISJRMS, located at Room 301, 3rd Floor, Right Wing, Electoral Tribunal Building) indicating the name and contact information of the requesting party, the purpose of the request and the specific documents desired to be copied.

2. Submit Request Form to Records Officer of the ISJRMS for recommendation, approval and assessment.

3. Secure Order of Payment from the Accounting Service (located at Room 210, 2nd Floor, Right Wing, Electoral Tribunal Building).

4. Pay the required legal fees (Php 20.00 per page; Php 200.00 reserach fee) to the Cash Service (located at Room 208, 2nd Floor, Right Wing, Electoral Tribunal Building).

5. Submit official receipt or proof of payment to ISJRMS to receive requested document.

Duration: 15-20 minutes
Fees: Php 20.00 per page/ Php 200.00 Research Fee
Forms: Request Form available at ISJRMS
Office Hours: 8:30 am to 5:00 pm, from Monday to Friday



 
For inquiries, comments and suggestions kindly contact us thru:

Information System and Judicial Records Management Service
Rm. 301, 3rd Floor, Right Wing, Electoral Tribunal Building
Commonwealth Avenue, Quezon City
Tel. No. (+632) 931 7642
E-mail: isjrms@hret.gov.ph