Statement of Atty. Vic Rodriguez, Legal Spokesperson of former Sen. Bongbong Marcos, on the vote recount pronouncement of the camp of former Camarines Sur 3rd District Rep. Leni Robredo

21 November 2016

BBM camp to Robredo on vote recount – are you afraid of the truth?

It is very disappointing and disconcerting that former Rep. Leni Robredo is trying to connect the issue of BBM's Election Protest to the burial of his father at the Libingan ng mga Bayani insinuating that the latter is a way of supposedly “stealing” the vice presidency away from her.

To begin with, we have no plans of stealing something that we obviously won to begin with. It is our position that BBM won the vice presidential race and had it not been for the systematic fraud and unprecedented maneuverings committed on the day of the elections, he should have been the one proclaimed.

The entire Filipino electorate witnessed how — after commanding a 1M+ lead in the votes at 7 pm on May 11, 2016 with 75% of the votes counted — the numbers suddenly dwindled in favor of Robredo at a uniform ratio of 40 - 1. This was countenanced by the "thieves in the night".

This is the reason why we have filed the Election Protest, which the Presidential Electoral Tribunal had found sufficient in form and substance. It is our position that the evidence we will be presenting would clearly and convincingly show that BBM won the vice presidential race.

The camp of Robredo apparently wants to undermine the proceedings at the PET by openly accusing us of moving for the recounting of votes without the direction of the PET. Such is a blatant and malicious lie, a figment of one's imagination meant to deceive the public. Robredo, who is a lawyer, should know that there is no way a recount can be done without the approval of the PET or even the Commission on Elections.

May we remind Mrs. Robredo and her lawyers that a recount is still a long way to go in BBM’s Election Protest. A preliminary conference and the order of retrieval have yet to be issued. Clearly, they are getting ahead of themselves.

Also, a recount is not indispensable for BBM to win his case. A recount may or may not be conducted in the course of his Election Protest depending on the weight of the evidence presented. And even granting a recount will be conducted, we would expect Robredo and her lawyers to welcome the same if they are really confident on the results of the election.

Having repeatedly asserted that they won the election fair and square, they should be the first to welcome a recount to prove once and for all the truth to their claims. Discrediting the process this early on, are they afraid of a vote recount? Are they afraid to know the truth?

Yes indeed there was a thief in the night, and it happened on the night of the elections - shortly after the script in the Transparency Server was changed.

More interestingly, with all these unfounded and uncalled for accusations on the Election Protest and trying to connect it to the burial issue and President Rodrigo Duterte, are they gearing up for the so-called Plan B?