Bongbong Marcos to file electoral protest on June 28

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(File photo) Sen. Bongbong Marcos lost to Rep. Leni Robredo in the vice presidential race by over 200,000 votes.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) – Losing vice presidential candidate Sen. Bongbong Marcos on Saturday confirmed he will file an electoral protest on June 28.

Marcos said his camp is currently collecting affidavits and pieces of evidence to go with the electoral case as they finalize which grounds to raise.

"Maraming pagbabasehan eh (There could be many bases)," he said in a press forum in Quezon City.

Marcos has alleged that there was massive vote-buying and possible manipulation of the unofficial count following the controversial new command entered in the transparency server of the Commission on Elections (Comelec).

He has also questioned the high number of undervotes, or those that did not vote for any candidate for vice president.

“I think the best expression is ‘napaka walang hiya ang pagkagawa sa pagbabastos at pagbabalewala sa boses ng taumbayan. Kaya talagang ito'y patuloy nating ipaglalaban’,” Marcos exclaimed.

[Translation: “I think the best expression is ‘It is very shameful how the public’s voice was degraded and neglected. So we will continue to fight for it.”]

“I do not do this solely for myself although of course it is important for me that the true result will be known, this wrong be righted,” he said.

Marcos lost to Rep. Leni Robredo in the vice presidential race by over 200,000 votes.

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Marcos in Duterte Cabinet

Whether he wins or loses in his protest bid, it looks like Marcos would be given a high government position in the incoming administration.

Marcos met with President-elect Rodrigo Duterte late Friday in Davao City, where they talked about the prospects of Marcos taking a Cabinet seat – a year after the ban on candidates getting political appointments lapses.

He also thanked Duterte for earlier statements saying he will not appoint Robredo to any Cabinet post because he “does not want to hurt” Marcos.

Marcos on Saturday said it would be an honor for him to serve under the Duterte administration, but clarified that no post has been offered to him yet.

Libingan ng mga Bayani burial

Marcos said he went to Davao City to personally thank Duterte for allowing the burial of his late father at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.

Also read: Duterte: I will allow Marcos' burial at Libingan ng mga Bayani

He said it would finally bring closure “not only to my family but to the rest of the country.”

The late former President Ferdinand Marcos was ousted after ruling the country for two decades. He was ousted by a people power revolt in 1986. He died in exile in Hawaii in 1989.

Marcos’ critics oppose a hero’s burial for him — believing he’s responsible for the human rights abuses and extra-judicial killings that occurred during his administration. He’s also accused of plundering the country’s wealth during his term.

Over 26 years after former President Marcos’ death, Duterte said arrangements for his burial can finally be made — tentatively set to coincide with Marcos’ birthday on September 11.

Also read: Sociologist explains: Despite father's dictatorship, why are Marcoses still popular?

CNN Philippines’ Anjo Alimario, Triciah Terada and Eimor Santos contributed to this report.