Marcos' camp to challenge Robredo victory

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Vice Presidential candidates Sen. Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. and Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo in passionate exchange during the vice presidential debate on Sunday (April 10).

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — The camp of incoming president Duterte welcomes the victory of Leni Robredo as vice president, but not so for her rival, Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos, Jr.

Related: Duterte is new president, Robredo is vice president

"The Cinderella of Philippine politics" — that was how incoming press secretary Sal Panelo described Robredo after her come-from-behind winning streak in the vice presidential race.

"'Yung sinabi mo is a fresh wind in the suffocating air, sabi ko kay president. She's a fresh welcome in the Cabinet," Panelo said on Saturday (May 28).

[Translation: What you said is a fresh wind in the suffocating air, I told the president. She is a fresh welcome in the Cabinet.]

His statement was in response to Robredo’s pronouncement that she is fully supporting incoming president Duterte.

Panelo said Duterte has yet to discuss a Cabinet position for Robredo, adding the post may likely be in line with her anti-poverty advocacy.

But while Robredo is preparing to become vice president, the camp of Marcos is not giving up the fight.

"As far as Bongbong Marcos is concerned, the fight is not over. We have to continue asking for a systems audit. We have to search for the truth. Importante yon [That is important]," said Marcos' campaign adviser Rep. Jonathan dela Cruz.

Dela Cruz also questioned the high number of undervotes, or the absence of votes for any candidate for vice president. He said these totalled 3.5 million.

He also noted the low voter turnout in the provinces where they think Marcos has strong support, adding Robredo may even resign if she finds out the real winner.

"Pag nakita na niya ang nangyari baka siya mismo mag-resign. Sapagkat, alam po niya, I'm sure, even Malacañang, LP [Liberal Party], they know in their hearts they did something that violated the sovereign will of the people," said Dela Cruz.

[Translation: If she sees what happened, she may resign. She knows, I'm sure Malacañang, the Liberal Party, they know in their hearts they did something that violated the sovereign will of the people.]

Marcos' legal team is considering filing an electoral protest and pushing for the exclusion of Smartmatic in future automated polls.