The camp of former senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. expressed confident in its case against Vice President Leni Robredo saying that they don’t necessarily need a recount to prove Marcos was the real winner during the 2016 May polls.
Vic Rodriguez, Marcos’ legal spokesperson, maintained that the former senator won the elections if “thieves in the night” supposedly did not tamper with election results.
Rodriguez responded after Robredo insinuating that Marcos was behind rumors that votes for the vice presidential race will be recounted soon without the PET’s go signal.
“To begin with, we have no plans of stealing something that we obviously won to begin with. It is our position that BBM won the vice presidential race and had it not been for the systematic fraud and unprecedented maneuverings committed on the day of the elections, he should have been the one proclaimed,” Rodriguez said in a statement.
“This is the reason why we have filed the Election Protest, which the Presidential Electoral Tribunal had found sufficient in form and substance. It is our position that the evidence we will be presenting would clearly and convincingly show that BBM won the vice presidential race,” he added.
Robredo won over Marcos in the May 2016 polls by a little over 200,000 votes. She has accused him of spreading rumors that the country will have a new vice president by next year after the supposed recount is finished.
Rodriguez, however, said Robredo and her lawyers are “getting ahead of themselves” by alleging Marcos will move for a recount of votes soon since the PET has yet to schedule a preliminary conference and issue an order of retreival.
“May we remind Mrs. Robredo and her lawyers that a recount is still a long way to go in BBM’s Election Protest,” he said.
“Also, a recount is not indispensable for BBM to win his case. A recount may or may not be conducted in the course of his Election Protest depending on the weight of the evidence presented,” Rodriguez added.
Marcos’ spokesperson said Robredo’s camp should welcome the recount if it is confident that she won the vice presidential race.