Robredo welcomes system audit proposed by Marcos

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Naga City (CNN Philippines) — A system audit is better than answering baseless cheating allegations.

That's what leading vice presidential candidate Leni Robredo said on Wednesday (May 18) as she welcomed her main rival Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.’s call for a system audit of the election results.

“Wala naman akong pagkontra sa system audit. Ako sang-ayon ako dyan. Sang-ayon ako na may system audit para maalis yung lahat ng duda tungkol sa integridad ng proseso ng eleksyon,” Robredo told the media.

[Translation: I don’t have any opposition to the system audit. I agree to that. I agree to have the system audit to eliminate doubts about the integrity of the election process.]

The Camarines Sur representative and Liberal Party vice presidential bet said she will also benefit from the audit.

Marcos has expressed doubts about the intergrity of the election results after the Commission on Elections (Comelec), the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV), and Smartmatic admitted that a new script, or computer command, was introduced into the Comelec’s transparency server just as precinct results were coming in. Comelec officials said the script only made “cosmetic changes” and did not affect the vote count.

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The Marcos camp said the senator is ahead by more than a hundred thousand votes over Robredo in their own canvass.

But Robredo questioned her rival's figures.

“Hindi ko lang alam bakit yung numero namin nagja-jive sa numero ng Comelec. Nagja-jive sa numero ng PPCRV. Pero yung sa kanya hindi. Yun yung hindi ko alam,” she said.

[Translation: I don’t know why our numbers jive with the numbers of Comelec and PPCRV, but his numbers don’t. That’s what I don’t know.]

Although leading the unofficial tally, Robredo still admits she still worries about the final outcome.

“Sana wala silang binabalak na pandaraya na gagawin sa canvassing. Kasi yung winoworry ko ngayon klaro naman yung numero pero parang mina-mind condition nila,” said Robredo.

[Translation: I just hope they do not intend to cheat in the canvassing.  What I’m worried about right now is that the numbers are clear but they are mind-conditioning.]

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The lawmaker cited an attempt to cheat in the canvassing of the snap elections 30 years ago.

“Hindi natin makakalimutan yung nangyari nung 1986. Siguro kung hindi nag walk out yung mga tabulators baka nadaya nga tayo,” she said.

[Translation: We will never forget what happened in 1986. If the tabulators didn’t walk out, maybe we were cheated.]

Robredo was referring to the walk out by Comelec tabulators who claimed the results of the snap polls were manipulated to show Marcos’ father, the late former president and dictator Ferdinand Marcos, was winning against Corazon Aquino.

It was one of the key events that led two weeks later to the people power revolt that forced the Marcos family to flee to Hawaii.

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