Defeated vice presidential candidate Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. is a liar, incoming Vice President Leni Robredo said on Saturday.
Robredo, a lawyer, made the statement after Marcos held a news conference to say he was robbed of around three million votes.
Marcos, however, failed to explain how he lost those votes, merely saying his camp’s expert witnesses will later soon reveal it.
“Ginagalang natin ang kanilang kalayaang magpahayag. Ngunit nakakabahala na kada linggo ay may mga pahayag sila para ikondisyon ang ating taumbayan sa nakaraang halalan. Ito’y salungat sa mga nagpahayag na malinis ang ating eleksyon [We respect their right to express their views, but it is becoming bothersome that every week, they are saying something to condition the minds of our people. What he said was contrary to the experts who already said that we had a clean conduct of elections’],” Robredo said in a statement.
She cited reports from the Compact for Peaceful and Democratic Elections-International Observers Mission (Compact-IOM), the Commission on Elections, the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting and the Philippine National Police that the May 9 polls were fraud-free.
“Instead of working on healing the wounds [from]the elections for nation-building, they continue to sow division in our country,” Robredo said.
She jabbed at Marcos’ statement that allowing the burial of his father, the late former President Ferdinand Marcos, at the Libingan ng mga Bayani will provide closure to the issue.
The younger marcos made the statement after his recent meeting with incoming President Rodrigo Duterte in Davao City.
Duterte has said he will immediately work on arranging a hero’s burial for the elder Marcos once he assumes the presidency on June 30.
In 1971, then-President Marcos declared martial law, which left at least 76,000 victims of human rights violations such as extra-judicial killings, enforced disappearances and torture.
The victims’ survivors are still waiting for their benefits under the Marcos compensation law.
“The martial law victims are waiting for justice and closure for the last three decades. We will really be dragged from moving on if we forget the impunity in our history,” Robredo said.
Based on a recent Social Weather Stations survey, Robredo will be assuming the vice presidency with a 45 percent trust rating.
Her trust rating is way up as compared with that of Duterte who only has 26 percent to show.