Robredo: Marcos poll protest full of 'publicity stunts'

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 9) — Vice President Leni Robredo took a swipe at former Senator Bongbong Marcos on Thursday, saying his poll protest was full of "publicity stunts."

"'Yung kaso dinala na sa public, maraming kasinungalingan na sinasabi, maraming propaganda, tingin ko alam niya na matatalo siga," Robredo said at the sidelines of a photo gallery opening in Palawan province.

[Translation: The case was brought to the public, there were so many lies, so many propaganda, I think he knows he's going to lose.]

Robredo also said Marcos was using social media vlogs (video blogs) and her name to promote himself. 

"Ito mali 'to eh, kasi nasa rules naman ng korte na kapag naka-file na sa korte, 'yung korte na 'yung magdi-disisyon," she said.

[Translation: This is wrong. According to the rules of court, once filed in court, it's the court who decides.]

A word war between both parties' legal counsels began Sunday, after Marcos' lawyer Vic Rodriguez dared the Vice President to withdraw all pending motions at the Presidential Electoral Tribunal. Robredo's camp took on the challenge.

On Tuesday, the former senator called on Robredo via a Facebook post to sign a joint manifestation, waiting for her to affix her signature. But her camp refused to sign, adding that Marcos sent in the wrong document.

"Yung manifestation, wala naman siyang weight," Robredo explained.

[Translation: The manifestation has no weight.]

However, both camps vowed to do away with further motions to delay the manual recount on March 19.

READ: Robredo, Marcos lawyers: No more motions to delay manual recount

Marcos' lawyer also said they are not using the Vice President's name for publicity, as the former senator has no intent of running in the 2019 senatorial polls.

READ: Bongbong Marcos won't run in 2019 polls, claims he won VP post

Marcos lost to Robredo by over 263,473 votes in the 2016 elections.

Palawan-based journalist Catherine Santos contributed to this report.