Robredo denies asking Marcos to concede

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MANILA - Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo on Tuesday denied that she asked her vice presidential rival, Senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr., to concede.

This, after Marcos' lawyer, former Commission on Elections (Comelec) Chairman Sixto Brillantes, called the congresswoman "presumptuous" for already claiming victory when Congress has yet to convene as a canvassing body.

"How can Robredo claim victory when not a single official canvass document has been opened? Congress has not even convened as canvass body. Now Robredo wants BBM to concede based on alleged small unofficial lead. She cannot be that presumptuous," Brillantes had said on his Twitter account.

Speaking to reporters in Naga on Tuesday, Robredo insisted that her camp did not issue any statement urging the senator to concede in the vice presidential race.

She also clarified that her speech at the Church of the Gesu at the Ateneo de Manila University last Sunday was only meant to calm her supporters.

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"Wala namang ganoong statement. Nakita ko ang pahayag ni Chairman Brillantes na pinapa-concede daw namin si Senator Marcos. Hindi ko alam kung saan iyon nanggaling pero sa kampo namin, walang ganoon," she said.

"Iyong announcement na iyon, hindi namin kine-claim na kami na iyong panalo pero ina-appease lang namin ang pakiramdam ng mga supporters na ganito ang numero, ganito pa ang hindi pumapasok at sa hindi pumapasok, hindi na kayang habulin," she added.

She said the supposed statement from her camp is only part of efforts to "discredit" her.

"Nakikita naman natin ang social media, maraming pinapaako sa akin na statements. Maraming nilalabas na statements na umano nanggaling sa akin kahit hindi naman. Eh tayo kino-condemn na natin ang ganitong paraan ng pag-mamuddle ng katotohanan kasi unfair ito sa publiko," she said.

Robredo said the Marcos camp seems to be conditioning the minds of the public to believe that there was cheating in the elections.

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She said she remains confident that it will eventually be proven that no cheating took place.

"Ako, interesado ako doon," she said of the alleged evidence the Marcos camp would supposedly present once the canvassing of the votes starts.

"Kung mayroong ganoong ebidensiya, interesado din ako kasi as of now, hindi ko pa rin ma-imagine kung paano dadayain."

The Liberal Party (LP) candidate called on Marcos to also calm his supporters and respect the results of the elections.

"Iyong pakiusap ko ay huwag makikipag-away. Mag-take ng high ground kasi ito ang panahon na nagne-nation building na ulit tayo kasi very divisive ang election. Hindi nakakatulong sa ating bansa kung nag-aaway-away tayo."

"Parati naman niyang sinasabi na kaya siya kumandidato dahil mahal niya ang bansa. Kung mahal niya ang bansa dapat tumulong siya na hikayatin ang tao na galangin kung ano ang resulta ng eleksyon. Huwag mag-reresort sa mga kasinungalingan," Robredo added.

AGAINST DEATH PENALTY

Meanwhile, Robredo reiterated that she opposes the plan of presumptive President Rodrigo Duterte to revive the death penalty. But she said she is leaving the decision to lawmakers.

"Ako, ever since naman ipinahayag ko na kontra ako sa death penalty. Pero iyon kasing bagay na iyon hindi sa amin manggagaling pero ang pagbalik ng death penalty is all up to Congress," she said.

Robredo also said she is open to federalism but with reservations.

"Gusto ko lang pakinggan iyong version na sina-suggest niya... Kasi kung kagaya sa US, ako medyo natatakot ako na hindi pa handa ang marami nating mga LGUs (local government units) to stand on their own, pero bukas ako kasi ever since naman, kaming mag-asawa pinu-push talaga namin ang local autonomy," he said. - With report from ANC