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VP Leni says Bongbong out to ‘revise’ story of 2016 polls

Office of the Vice President 
31 January 2018

With ‘evidence’ of ‘Marcos-specific’ cheating
VP Leni says Bongbong out to ‘revise’ story of 2016 polls

Vice President Leni Robredo on Wednesday said former Senator Bongbong Marcos is out to “revise” the story of the 2016 elections by presenting ballot images that allegedly show that cheating was done specifically to ensure his loss.

VP Leni noted that such allegations are premature given that the recount has yet to begin, with retrieval of ballot boxes still ongoing, and so far only in her home province, Camarines Sur, one of the three pilot provinces that the defeated vice presidential candidate identified in his election protest.

“Iyong nakakapag-alala lang, tila may plano na pareho ng pag-revise ng history. Parang nire-revise din iyong kuwento,” she told reporters in Naga City.

“Ang dami pang ballot boxes ang naiwan dito sa  Camarines Sur. Hindi pa nata-transport papuntang Manila. So saan galing iyong ebidensya, hindi pa nga tapos iyong Camarines Sur, hindi pa nga tapos iyong pag-transport?” she added.

The Vice President reiterated anew that the speedy resolution would be in her best interest, since it would put an end to Marcos spreading lies about the 2016 polls.

She has repeatedly said that she is confident that the results of the recount will only match the original count in May 2016.

“Maraming propagandang lumalabas na hindi totoo, kaya iyong nais talaga natin matapos na, para wala nang pagkakataon na gumawa pa ng mga kasinungalingan,” she added.

Earlier, Romulo Macalintal, VP Leni’s lead counsel for the case, belied the allegations made by Marcos, insisting that the former senator is only “fishing for evidence” and is the one afraid of the upcoming recount.

“Alam ni Mr. Marcos na madi-dismiss ang kaniyang protesta. Kasi, ang kaniyang ginawa, recount of ballots. Sa lahat ng election protest, magbuhat pa noong 2010 hanggang sa kasulukuyan, walang nanalo sa recount of ballots,” he said in a radio interview. “Kasi kung ano iyong physical count na lumalabas sa recount, iyon din ang lumalabas, reflected doon sa mga return, at doon sa na-proclaim. Kaya si Mr. Marcos gumagawa ng ganitong mga pahayag, iniiba niya iyong issue, ano ha, nililigaw niya doon sa recount.”

“Natatakot na ang kampo ni Mr. Marcos sapagkat alam niya na walang patutunguhan ang kanyang protesta,” Macalintal added, also asking the defeated candidate not to use his client for political ambition in the 2019 senatorial polls.

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