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Robredo confident in poll victory, concedes propaganda defeat

Philippine Vice President Maria Leonor "Leni" Robredo smiles during the 16th National Convention of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines in Pasay, south of Manila, Philippines on Thursday, March 23, 2017. House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez recently said, he is mulling to file impeachment complaint against Robredo for sending a video message to the United Nations Side Session at the Commission on Narcotic Drugs Annual Meeting allegedly criticizing extra-judicial killings in the so-called war on drugs by President Rodrigo Duterte. Duterte himself is the object of an impeachment complaint filed by another congressman for the thousands of alleged killings in the country. AP/Aaron Favila

MANILA, Philippines — Vice President Leni Robredo expressed confidence on Tuesday about her victory in last year’s elections, though she conceded defeat to former Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr. in the propaganda war on social media.

In an interview with DZMM Teleradyo, Robredo stood by her victory confidently and said that between her and Marcos, the son of the late strongman Ferdinand Marcos, she was the one who did not have the capacity to cheat.

“Ako sigurado ako, Ted (Failon), sa aking panalo. Wala naman akong capacity dumaya,” the vice president said.

A well-financed Marcos lost to Robredo by around 200,000 votes. After Robredo’s proclamation, Marcos camp filed a protest and called for a recount of votes, claiming voting irregularities in 662 poll precincts.

Robredo said that Marcos submitted affidavits covering only 57 voting precincts. This was why her legal team questioned where the affidavits and evidence were for the rest of the 662 precincts.

“Ang kanyang pinoprotesta ay 662 municipalities. Pero ang 662 municipalities, naglagay siya ng sinasabi niyang mga afffidavits, yung affidavits ang kino-cover lang 57 doon sa 662,” Robredo said. “So iyong ang tinatanong natin, nasaan ang affidavits para doon sa the rest of the 662. Bakit yung meron ka lang affidavits doon sa 57?” the vice president asked.

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The vice president insisted that since Marcos was alleging that he had evidence, he should show and present this in court.

Robredo asserted that it was in her interest that this case is solved immediately to finally put to rest questions on her mandate.

“Sa aking interes, mas makakabuting mangyari ang recount. Kasi hanggang hindi pa iyan nangyayari, binibigyan ko lang ng pagkakataon yung mga supporter in Marcos na sabihin na isya ang tunay na vice president,” she said.

“Mali yata sa logic na ako pa iyong ayaw na mangyari ang recount,” she said.

She also blamed the Marcos camp for the delays in the resolution of the case, noting that even if it filed the case in July 2016 they filed a motion for the setting of the preliminary conference only in January.

'Propaganda war'

Robredo’s confidence on her electoral mandate however melted when she discussed the incessant and vicious propaganda against her on the internet.

“Pero talagang talo tayo sa propaganda, iyong bawat galaw o kahit wala pang galaw mayroon na talaga silang kuwento,” she lamented.

She alleged that Marcos has solid propaganda machinery online that has been used to sow malicious and often untrue rumors against her.

“Kaya iyong sabi ko parati na mahirap talagang kalabang ang Marcos. Alam naman natin ang strategy na ginamit nila sa kanilang hidden wealth. Thirty-one years after, wala pa ding nangyayari,” she said as she also noted the similarities in legal tactics employed by the Marcoses.

“Iyon din ang ine-employ ngayon. Ang nakakalungkot lang, sila ang may capacity. Ang infrastructure nila sa social media in place.”

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