The camp of Vice president Leni Robredo on Sunday expressed alarm over the alleged plans to recount ballots without the permission of the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET).
There is no detail on how the supposed plan is to be carried out, and who will spearhead the move, but Robredo’s camp accused former Senator Bongbong Marcos to be the mastermind without presenting any evidence.
“Over the weekend, supporters of Vice President Leni Robredo expressed concern about alleged plans of recounting ballots without the direction of the Presidential Election Tribunal. The objective is to steal the vice presidency from VP Leni,” Robredo’s spokesperson Georgina Hernandez said in a statement.
“This fear and grave concern are exacerbated by the way the Marcoses sneaked the burial of the dictator from the Filipino public. To get what they desperately want, they have resorted to impunity and complete disregard for the rule of law,” she added, alluding to the clandestine burial of the deposed strongman that sparked protests throughout the country.
This is amid an electoral protest filed by the late dictator’s son and namesake, former Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., who is asking the PET to reopen ballot boxes in various clustered precincts; annul the election results in Lanao Del Sur, Basilan and Maguindanao; and a recount of 22 provinces and five cities.
Robredo’s camp said a text message from a “trusted source” regarding the electoral protest is circulating, which reads: “Recount of ballots from 4-5 provinces will start end of November and will finish by December, deliberations after. You can bet early next year, we have a new VP.”
Seeking comment from Marcos camp, Atty. Gina Arcanghel said accusation is baseless and pure hearsay.
“This drama is created in order to condition the minds of Filipino people. If they are clean, they should be ready to whatever recount that may happen in the future. It is impossible to recount the ballots without due and legal process. Robredo and her people should wake-up from hallucination”, Arcanghel said.
Arcanghel also urged the public to be more investigative over the news stories released by main stream media and ask people to focus on livelihood instead of politics. /Lara Sandoval/
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