By Merlina Hernando-Malipot
The camp of Vice President Leni Robredo on Friday urged former Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos, Jr. to “move on” after the Supreme Court (SC) sitting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET) cited that the VP’s lead over the former senator widened after the initial recount.
In a resolution released by the PET, it showed that Robredo was able to maintain and even increased her lead against Marcos by over 15,000 votes based on the results of the recount of votes in Negros Oriental, Iloilo, and Camarines Sur in the vice presidential electoral protest.
Robredo’s Spokesperson Atty. Barry Gutierrez, in a statement, said that the recent resolution of the PET citing the initial recount results in the three pilot provinces is “enough reason” to dismiss the electoral protest filed by Marcos in 2016.
“Mula simula, ito na ang aming sinasabi, na ayon sa recount ng tatlong pilot provinces, tumaas lalo ang lamang ni VP Leni kay Marcos (From the beginning, this is what we are saying, according to the recount of the three pilot provinces, VP Leni’s lead over Marcos has increased),” Gutierrez said. “Tinawag kaming sinungaling, inakusahan kaming nagkakalat ng fake news (We were called liars, accused of spreading fake news),” he added.
With the recent PET resolution, Gutierrez could not help but ask: “Sino ang napatunayang sinungaling? (Who is proven to be a liar?). For Robredo’s camp, it is “very clear” that Marcos defeated in the recount which he chose himself. “Malinaw ang aming posisyon, sapat nang batayan ito para ibasura ang protesta (Our position is clear, this is sufficient basis for the protest to be dismissed),”he added.
In an apparent swipe at the Marcos family who has been telling critics to “move on” from the Martial Law, Gutierrez said: “Ibabalik ko kay Ginoong Marcos ang isang paboritong sabihin ng pamilya nya: Move on na. Natalo ka, tanggapin mo na (I’ll return to Mr. Marcos the favorite saying of his family: ‘Move on’ – you lost, accept it.”