Robredo to Marcos: Learn to accept results or don’t run

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 21)— After defeated vice presidential candidate Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr. announced his plan to run in the 2022 elections, Vice President Leni Robredo advised him to accept whatever the results will be, including his possible defeat.

Robredo said she is not against Marcos’ plan to run in the 2022 elections.

Kung gusto niyang kumandidato ulit, puwede naman, karapatan niya iyon. Pero kung kakandidato ulit, siguraduhin lang na tatanggapin iyong resulta ng eleksyon. Kasi kapag hindi tatanggapin iyong resulta ng eleksyon, dinadamay niya iyong lahat na institusyon,” said the vice president in an interview with reporters.

[Translation: If he wants to run again in the elections, it is his right. But he should make sure that he will accept the results of the elections. Because if he does not learn to accept the results, he is just dragging down the institutions.]

The former senator and son of the late dictator recently said that he is interested to run for a post in the 2022 national elections.

Robredo noted that anyone can run for any government post, but one should accept the results.

Pero dapat lahat na tatakbo, tatanggapin iyong resulta ng eleksyon. Kasi kung matatalo ka, hindi mo tatanggapin, eh huwag ka nang tumakbo,” she said in a separate television interview.

[Translation: Everyone that runs for a government post should accept the results of the elections. Because if you lose and you cannot accept it, you better not run.]

It was a tight race between Marcos and Robredo during the 2016 elections, as the former was beaten by the latter with a slim margin of 263, 473 votes.

Since then, Marcos has claimed that he was “robbed” of the position.

He recently appealed to the Supreme Court, acting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal, anew to revisit the ballot recount conducted in Iloilo, Camarines Sur, and Negros Oriental, where Robredo won.