Vice President Leni Robredo sees the involvement of former Senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos, Jr. in what she called "concerted" online attacks against her.
Robredo made the pronouncement while denouncing Marcos, who she says still couldn't accept his defeat in the vice presidential race in the May 2016 elections.
“Ito po, confirmed na natin ito, na ‘yung ating katunggali noong nakaraang eleksyon, na ayaw tanggapin ang kaniyang pagkatalo, patuloy na umaasa na siya ay uupo,” she said.
She drew parallels between the May polls and the 1986 snap elections, saying that just like then, people need to show that they will not allow another Marcos to mar election results.
“Ang tingin po natin ‘yung laban na ito, hindi lang sa Supreme Court. Ang laban na ito ay kung papayag ang taumbayan o hindi na ganoon na lamang wawalanghiyain ang resulta ng eleksyon, gaya ng ginawa nila noong 1986,” she said.
“‘Yung nangyari 31 years ago, ganoon pa rin ang nangyayari… Noong 2016, nagkaroon ng eleksyon, nagkaroon ng resulta, gustong baligtarin ‘yung resulta. Ang solusyon po diyan, pareho pa rin ng solusyon [noon]: ipakita natin na hindi tayo papayag,” she added.
Robredo was one of the recipients of the Eminent Women in Politics and Governance award from Miriam College’s Women and Gender Institute, given in light of International Women’s Month.
Robredo she has just kept her “laser-light focus” focus on work despite the hostility she has encountered since she took office.
“Maraming fake news at allegations na hindi naman totoo. It’s human nature na ‘pag sinabing hindi totoo, idedepensa mo ang sarili mo, but you ask yourself, ano ba ang dapat kong pagtuunan ng pansin?” she said.
“Kung aasikasuhin ang lahat ng ingay, baka hindi ko na magawa ‘yung trabaho. So we take the high ground, focus on our mandate,” she added.
However, Robredo has said she was “drawing the line” now that her detractors have dragged her late husband, former Interior Sec. Jesse Robredo, in attacks against her. —JST, GMA News