25 October 2017
Amid claims that Robredo camp sought delay of decryption
VP Leni to Bongbong: ‘’Wag kang makiuso sa fake news’
Vice President Leni Robredo on Wednesday called anew on former senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. to stop spreading fake news about the electoral protest he lodged against her.
This comes after the Marcos camp claimed once more that VP Leni and her legal team are delaying the proceedings, this time by asking for the postponement of the decryption of ballot images.
“Noong una kong nabasa, natawa ako, pero sabi ko nga, parang hindi naman nadadala itong mga Marcos … Alam natin na nauuso ngayon iyong fake news, pero hindi naman kailangang makiuso siya,” she said in an interview with Brigada News FM Sorsogon on Wednesday morning.
VP Leni said the falsehood of such claim may easily be verified before concerned bodies in the protest, including the Commission on Elections (Comelec) and the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET). She also warned the public that Marcos and his camp will stop at nothing in their desire to return to power.
“Parang iyong experience natin sa kanila, kapag eleksyon, ayaw tumanggap ng pagkatalo. Nandaraya. Pero ngayon, parang may dumagdag nang pandaraya, mayroon nang fake news,” she said. “Hanggang ba naman ngayon, dahil hindi niya nakuha iyong gusto niya, magsisinungaling pa siya, guguluhin niya iyong mga tao sa mga balita na hindi naman totoo?”
Earlier, the Vice President’s legal team slammed as false the claims made by the Marcos camp, saying that they did not file any motion seeking the delay of the scheduled decryption and printing of ballots from Camarines Sur, Iloilo, and Negros Oriental—the three pilot provinces that the defeated vice presidential candidate identified in his protest.
“We deny making such motion, we have made no such motion, and there was no attempt to delay the proceeding on our part. The official record of the proceedings will speak for itself,” Atty. Maria Bernadette Sardillo, co-counsel for the Vice President, said in a statement.
She added that Marcos “should advise his lawyers to look promptly at their own submissions to the court and get their facts straight, so they can say who has been causing delays in this case.”