VP Robredo asks Ilonggos’ help over poll protest case

Vice President Leni Robredo has asked the help of Ilonggos amid the ongoing vice presidential electoral protest.

While she could not openly discuss the merits of the case because of the subjudice rule, Robredo appealed to the Ilonggo community to secure the ballots used in the 2016 elections, the results of which is being protested by her rival, former Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos before the Supreme Court sitting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET).

The SC has set pilot manual recount and judicial revision of ballots in Iloilo, Negros Oriental and Camarines Sur, Robredo’s home province.

“Iloilo is one of the provinces na tinuro na merong dayaan. Magpapatulong tayo sa mga taga dito na masecure sana ‘yung mga balota kasi dadalhin ‘yan from Iloilo to the Supreme Court,” she said.

Robredo added that their main interest is for the ballots not to be tampered.

“Hindi magkaroon ng access ‘yung iba na hindi naman authorized so that when it reaches the Supreme Court, its integrity is still intact. Kasi alam naman na hindi nagkaroon ng dayaan dito,” Robredo said after she attended the 4th Babaenihan National Level Event at the University of the Philippines – Visayas (Iloilo City campus) on Friday, March 9.

She is confident that she won in Iloilo fair and square.

“At tingin ko ‘yung mga taga-Iloilo ang makakapagsabi niyan,” she added.

Robredo got an overwhelming 573,729 votes in Iloilo as against Marcos’ 94,411 votes.

Marcos’ camp claimed that it’s quite implausible since his runningmate, the late senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago, was from Iloilo.

Robredo’s runningmate, former Senator Mar Roxas is an Ilonggo, too, being from Capiz province.

Roxas enjoyed large margins in Western Visayas over Miriam and President Rodrigo Duterte.

Robredo won the vice presidential race with 263,473-vote margin in the national count.Marcos had 14,155,344 total votes while Robredo had 14,418,817.

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