Robredo: Poll protest victory is a blessing

Published February 18, 2021, 9:45 AM

by Raymund Antonio

Vice President Leni Robredo considers the dismissal of the electoral protest against her a “blessing” after enduring so much beating since 2016. 


Robredo, an opposition leader, noted how she has been attacked since she won the vice presidential race almost five years ago. 

“Hindi ko alam kung lalala pa, kasi ‘di ba since 2016 naman bugbog na bugbog na tayo. Pero iyon nga eh. Para sa akin, isang malaking gift na, saka isang malaking blessing na kahit grabe, ganito kagrabe iyong attacks, more than majority pa din iyong naniniwala sa atin (I do not know if it will get worse because since 2016, we’ve been attacked. But that’s it. For me, this is a gift and one big blessing because despite the gravity of the attacks, more than the majority still believe in us),” she said.

The vice president said she considers it a miracle that people still support and believe in her despite the lies spewed about the legitimacy of her mandate as the country’s second highest official.

“Tingin ko iyon iyong miracle eh: na lahat na kasalanan ay pinaako na sa akin—buti hindi natin inako—pero mayroon pa ding mga naniniwala. At hindi iyon naging sagabal para magawa natin nang maayos iyong ating trabaho (I think that is the miracle: that I was made responsible for all the sins—it’s a good thing we didn’t budge—but there are still who believed in us),” she shared.

According to Robredo, her victory in the electoral protest will fuel her to focus on her work in addressing the country’s needs. She also asked her supporters to set aside rancor and move forward.

The Supreme Court, sitting as Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET), unanimously junked on Tuesday, February 17, Marcos’ electoral protest, with seven justices fully concurred in the dismissal while eight concurred in the results.

Robredo’s lead lawyer Romulo Macalintal said that it is “very hard to overturn a 15-member en banc voting unanimously dismissing the case.”