Malacañang dismissed as “false and baseless” the allegation of Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. that the administration was behind alleged poll fraud to ensure his defeat in the recent vice-presidential race.
Marcos, who lost to administration bet Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo in the May 2016 elections by over 200,000 votes, earlier said in a news conference that he was robbed of about three million votes.
“Such allegations are totally false and baseless. Instead of innuendoes, let the accuser present concrete proof in the proper forum,” Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said in a text message.
Marcos recalled that during the campaign period, President Benigno Aquino 3rd said that he would prevent the return of the Marcoses into power.
But Coloma clarified, “What the President said during the campaign period (especially during the EDSA commemoration) was that the people need to close ranks to prevent the return of dictatorship in our land.”
Marcos intends to file an electoral protest on June 28 before the Commission on Elections and the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET).