Election Protest: This election protest was filed on 20 June 2016 by Protestant Francis N. Tolentino to assail the proclamation of Protestee Leila de Lima as the 12th winning senatorial candidate in the 09 May 2016 National and Local Elections. Protestant Tolentino alleged that massive fraud and irregularities attended the elections, consisting of: a) Tampering of the Automated Election System (AES); b) Pre-Shading of Ballots; c) Impossible 100% Voter Turnout; d) Votes for Tolentino Not Counted; and e) Pre-loading of Secure Digital (SD) Cards with Negative Votes.
Status: In Resolution No. 16-142, the Tribunal resolved, among others, to grant the Motion to Withdraw filed by protestant Francis N. Tolentino, and to consider the election protest closed and terminated.
In July 2019, protestant Tolentino filed with the Supreme Court a petition for certiorari assailing SET Resolution No. 16-141, which denied his Motion for Return of Payments, and SET Resolution No. 16-143, which denied the motion for reconsideration. The case, docketed as G.R. No. 248005, is still pending.