Robredo’s camp: Cheating claims insult to Robredo supporters

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — The allegation that there could have been rigging of the partial unofficial results of the May 9 vice presidential election showing Rep. Leni Robredo ahead of Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. is an insult to her supporters, a spokesperson for the Camarines Sur congresswoman said Wednesday (May 11).

Robredo’s camp insisted, her ratings have clearly been rising in the last days of campaign period, boosted by her supporters.

“Kung titignan po, nung Abril pa lang po ay unti-unti ng tumataas ang rating ni Cong. Leni sa iba’t-ibang mga survey,” Robredo’s spokesperson Georgina Hernandez said.

“Ang pagtaas na ito ay bunga ng hirap at pawis ng mga taga suporta at volunteers ni Cong. Leni. Kaya para sabihin na ito’y minanipula lang, ay malaking insulto sa kanilang pagsisikap.”

[Translation: If you take a look, Cong Leni’s rating has slowly been climbing in the different surveys. This rise is the product of the hard work and sweat of Cong Leni’s supporters and volunteers. To say that [the results] are manipulated is a huge insult to their efforts.]

In a press conference, the Marcos’ camp said the senator is leading in their own quick count.

Hernandez suggested the senator and his supporters bring the matter to the proper venue.

“Kung mayroon silang nakitang anomalya sa bilangan, mas maganda sigurong idaan natin sa tamang proseso at huwag idaan sa media ang reklamo,” said Hernandez.

[Translation: If they see any anomaly in the counting, maybe it would be better for the complaints to go through the right process and not aired through the media.]

Robredo’s camp also urged the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to respond to the allegations made by Marcos and his supporters.

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Hernandez added, they respect the statements of Sen. Miriam Defensor, who expressed her support to Marcos and backed his claims of possible rigging of election results.  In a press conference, Marcos’ camp said the senator is leading in their own quick count.

Read: Marcos suspects poll cheating

Communications Secretary Sonny Coloma, meanwhile, said the allegations are "untrue and unfounded."

"Comelec is fully responsible for overseeing the automated election system and the executive branch has no part in this process," he added.