Robredo admits getting nervous as decision on Marcos electoral protest nears: 'kasi nagke-claim sila ng victory'

Former Senator Bongbong Marcos and Vice President Leni Robredo / compiled photo from ABS CBN

Vice President Leni Robredo said that she is hopeful for a favorable decision on the electoral protest filed by former Senator Bongbong Marcos, as the results might release on Tuesday.

On the other hand, the sitting Vice President also could not help but feel anxious as the camp of Marcos has reportedly been claiming victory.

"Hindi kasi natin pwedeng pangunahan 'yung korte, hindi ko rin pwedeng i-discuss 'yung kaso. But we hope for a favorable decision considering na alam namin kung ano 'yung nangyari during the entire process," Robredo said, according to a report by CNN Philippines

"Sa atin kasi, 'yung pagde-desisyon ay base sa datos so hindi natin nakikita na pwedeng maging unfavorable. Pero of course, kinakabahan din tayo kasi nagke-claim sila (Marcos) ng victory, so baka may alam sila na hindi natin alam," Robredo added

Aside from the assurance of maintaining the second-highest position in the land, Robredo said the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET)'s decision will also end the alleged propaganda against her.

The embattled Vice President stressed that the court's decision is  "bigger than the both of us," because it depicts the integrity of the country's electoral and judicial system.

"Kailangan tayong magtiwala kasi ito 'yung electoral process na nagpanalo sa amin ni Presidente, nagpanalo ng mga nakaupo na officials ngayon. So kapag hindi natin pinaniwalaan 'yung electoral process, parang sinasabi natin na lahat ng nakaupo ngayon, huwad," she said.

Robredo was proclaimed vice president three years ago with a lead of 263,473 votes against Marcos during the May 2016 elections.

The votes recount began started in April 2018 when former Senator Marcos filed his election protest.

Sometime in June 2018, Robredo asked the PET to declare her as winner as her lead rose by about 15,000 from the recount in three provinces. However, the PET rejected the petition in July since it has not released the final tally at the time.

The decision will determine whether Marcos' protest will be dismissed or if will be given a chance to recount all other provinces being contested aside from  Iloilo, Negros Oriental, and Camarines Sur.

Source: CNN Philippines

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