Updated 11:06 AM PHT Sat, April 22, 2017
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 22) — Vice President Leni Robredo disclosed on Friday one of the factors that compelled her to run in the last elections was to prevent former senator Bongbong Marcos from making a political comeback.
"Actually one of the reasons kung bakit nakumbinsi akong tumakbo (why I was convinced to run)…was also because of an impending Marcos return," Robredo said in a forum at the University of the Philippines in Los Baños, Laguna (UPLB).
"Ito na iyong matagal na pinaglaban. Ito iyong political awakening ko noong ako ay college pa at ngayon nabibigyan tayo ng pagkakataon na harangan na makabalik," she added.
[Translation: This is what we fought for for so long. This is my political awakening back in college, and now, we are given the chance to block their return.]
Robredo beat Marcos for the vice presidency by 260,000 votes, prompting the former senator to file an electoral protest contesting the results from some 39,000 precincts in 27 provinces and cities.
The Vice President also took a swipe at Marcos, maintaining she won her seat fair and square.
"Tapos na eleksyon. Tingin ko alam naman niya na hindi siya nadaya pero yung desire na makabalik sa kapangyarihan, yun ang nakakatakot," Robredo said.
[Translation: The election is over. I think he knows he was not cheated, but the desire to return to power, that's the scary part.]
As part of the electoral protest, the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET) required Marcos to pay ₱36.023 million to fund the poll recount, while it required Robredo to pay ₱8 million to process her counter-protest.
While Marcos complied to pay the first tranche of his payment by the April 17 deadline, Robredo failed to do so.
The Marcos camp then wanted the Supreme Court to dismiss Robredo's counter-protest due to the non-payment, but the Vice President was quick to counter this.
"Nakakalungkot na marami pang kautangan sa bayan, na hindi pa nababayaran, at iyong kautangan na iyon, iyon din ang ginagamit para makabalik sa kapangyarihan," Robredo said.
[Translation: It saddens me that the country still has a lot of unpaid debt, and that same debt is being used to get back to power.]
CNN Philippines' Digital Producer Ver Marcelo contributed to this report.