MANILA- Vice President Leni Robredo on Monday expressed worries of possible "concerted effort" to remove her from the vice presidency.
Robredo said her camp received reports of an alleged vote recount last Friday and Saturday, but hopes that the reports were untrue since only the Presidential Electoral Tribunal can order a recount.
"Kami naman nagtitiwala na hindi 'yun totoo," she said. "Kasi, may pakiramdam talaga na...parang lahat ng paraan na kayang gawin, gagawin."
(We hope that it is not true. Because there is really a feeling that everything that can be done, will be done.)
"Ang sa 'kin lang, dahil sa nangyari nung past few days, kailangan maging vigilant."
(It’s just that for me, because of what happened in the past few days, there is a need to be more vigilant.)
Robredo said her camp has not received any order of a vote recount from the PET, which is set to meet Tuesday.
Asked if she feels that the possible vote recount is connected to the immediate burial of late dictator Ferdinand Marcos at the heroes cemetery last Friday, Robredo said: "Parang ngayon anything is possible."
The former congresswoman of Camarines Sur explained that there is a need to “appease” the public’s emotion following concerns of possible law violations.
"Kailangan lang i-appease ang pakiramdam ng mga tao dahil na rin sa pangamba na may mga ginagawang parang labag sa batas," she said.
Robredo also feels that her opponent former senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. is behind the rumored vote recount.
“Hinala natin 'yung kalaban natin sa kaso. Baka may attempt na baguhin 'yung isip ng tao,”
(We have a gut feel that it’s our opponent in the case. Maybe there is an attempt to change the public’s mind.)
But the Marcos camp refuted the rumor, saying it also surprised them.
"Nagulat po kami, wala po kasing katotohanan. Ang parang lumalabas pa yata ay hindi na magkakaroon ng bilangan tapos bigla na lang magde-desisyon at magpoproklama ng bagong vice president," said Marcos counsel, Atty. George Garcia in a dzMM interview.
(We were surprised too because it was not true. It even appeared a new vice president will just be proclaimed without a recount.)
Robredo won in the May vice presidential race against the younger Marcos with a slim margin.
A day before Robredo assumed the vice presidential post on June 29, Bongbong filed an election protest seeking a recount of votes in almost 40,000 clustered precints in 25 provinces and five cities.
He is also seeking for the nullification of votes in the provinces of Basilan, Maguindanao, and Lanao del Sur on claims of “blatant” fraud.
President Rodrigo Duterte in October introduced Bongbong as the next vice president if the latter wins his election protest.
Robredo, however, expressed confidence that the PET will judge fairly.
“Nagtitiwala naman tayo na ang PET, ang pagbabasehan ng kanilang judgment ay ang lahat ng ebidensyang pumapasok,” she said.
(We have faith that the PET will base their judgement on all the pieces of evidence coming in.)
--with reports from Carolyn Bonquin, ABS-CBN NEWS