By Raymund Antonio
Vice President Leni Robredo thanked her supporters who have been camping outside the Supreme Court to monitor the progress of the electoral protest filed against her by former senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr.
“To all of those who sacrificed – because many of them go there enduring the heat and rain – we are grateful to them that they do not only fight for me, but also for what is right,” she said in Filipino.
In thanking her supporters, Robredo also urged them to stand by her and continue the fight.
“I hope we will continue to fight regardless of the result, that we are ready to fight for what is right. Because if we neglect this, it would be start of the erosion of all the things we fought for in the past,” she said.
Robredo, the leader of the opposition, expressed hope for a “favorable” decision in the electoral protest she is facing before the SC, acting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET).
“We have to trust the justice system,” Robredo said. “On our part, the decision will be based on data because there was a process. So we do not see the possibility that it would be unfavorable,” she added.
But having said that, Robredo admitted she felt nervous as the Marcos camp has been claiming victory ahead of the voting by the SC justices.
“Of course, we’re nervous because they were claiming victory, so they might know something that we don’t,” she added.
The Vice President has called out false reports circulating online which claimed her opponent won in the vice presidential recount.
Calling them “fake news,” Robredo said they were preempting the decision of the PET.
The Vice President was referring to two graphic cards containing official results of the vote count from a supposed “National Board of Canvassers,” which were posted by Facebook accounts of Jesus Perpetuo Soguilon Daguno Jr. and Herbert Florida.
Robredo also mentioned the fake video posted on Youtube channel Pinoy Random TV, claiming she should “return all salaries and allowances.” She debunked these online posts.
“The only issue here is whether the protest will proceed or not,” she said.