Notwithstanding the decryption and copying proceeded

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Notwithstanding, the decryption and copying proceeded as scheduled. Moreover, Chato alleged that the ballot images were taken from polluted Compact Flash (CF) cards. Atty. Anne A. Romero-Cortez (Atty. Cortez), the Camarines Norte Provincial Elections Supervisor, was said to have admitted during canvassing proceedings that the CF cards. On June 8, 2011, the HRET issued the assailed Resolution No. 11-321 denying Chato's Urgent Motion to Prohibit the Use by Protestee of the Decrypted and Copied Ballot Images in the Instant Case on the ground that she failed to show proof that the CF cards used in the twenty (20) precincts in the Municipalities of Basud and Daet with substantial variances were not preserved or were violated. Significantly, the HRET declared that, although the actual ballots used in the May 10, 2010 elections are the best evidence of the will of the voters, the picture images of the ballots are regarded as the equivalent of the original, citing Rule 4 of the Rules on Electronic Evidence, which reads: Sec. 1. Original of an electronic document. An electronic document shall be regarded as the equivalent of an original document under the Best Evidence Rule if it is a printout or output readable by sight or other means, shown to reflect the data accurately. Sec. 2. Copies as equivalent of the originals. When a document is in two or more copies executed at or about the same time with identical contents, or is a counterpart produced by the same impression as the original, or from the same matrix, or by mechanical or electronic re-recording, or by chemical reproduction, or by other equivalent techniques which accurately reproduces the original, such copies or duplicates shall be regarded as the equivalent of the original. Notwithstanding the foregoing, copies or duplicates shall not be admissible to the same extent as the original if: (a) a genuine question is raised as to the authenticity of the original; or (b) in the circumstances it would be unjust or inequitable to admit the copy in lieu of the original. Aggrieved, Chato filed a Motion for Reconsideration, which was denied in the Resolution No. 11-487 dated September 15, 2011. In this petition for certiorari and prohibition with prayer for a temporary restraining order and/or writ of prohibitory injunction, Chato claims that the HRET committed grave abuse of discretion amounting to lack or excess of jurisdiction in issuing Resolution No. 11-321 dated June 8, 2011 and Resolution No. 11-487 dated September 15, 2011. The acts complained of in these cases pertain to the HRET’s exercise of its discretion, an exercise which we find to be well within the bounds of its authority and, therefore, beyond our power to restrict or curtail. The crucial issue posed by Chato is whether or not the picture images of the ballots may be considered as the "official ballots" or the equivalent of the original paper ballots which the voters filled out. She maintains that, since the automated election system (AES) used during the May 10, 2010 elections was paper-based, the "official ballot"
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