MANILA - Vice President Leni Robredo on Friday hit former Senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr., saying the latter seems to be using her for a publicity stunt.
Robredo, whose May 2016 victory defeated Marcos had questioned before the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET), said instead of speeding up the vote recount under his protest, the former lawmaker seems to be using the issue for his own publicity.
"Parang nagagamit pa niya (Marcos) ako sa pag-promote niya ng kaniyang sarili na parang hindi naman tama (He seems to be using me to promote himself, which I think is not right)," she told reporters in an interview in Puerto Princesa.
Robredo's camp had earlier signed a motion to withdraw all pending pleadings before the PET to avoid delaying the vote recount.
Marcos, on the other hand, signed a manifestation withdrawing pending motions and agreeing not to file more pleas to avoid possible delays.
“Tingin ko ang records ang mag-sho-show... siya 'yung nag-dare, [we called] 'yung dare. Hinintay namin siya, hindi siya sumipot... Nung hindi siya sumipot, finile na namin kahapon (I think records will show that he made the dare and we called the dare. We waited for him and he did not come so we filed the motion yesterday),” Robredo said.
The PET has set the manual recount of votes in the 2016 vice presidential race on March 19.
Robredo expressed confidence that the recount would affirm her victory.
"Confident naman kami from the start (We have been confident from the start)," she said.
Marcos had alleged that Robredo committed election fraud by manipulating computerized vote counting machines towards her victory.
He lodged a poll protest before the Supreme Court, and Robredo responded with a counter-protest.
Marcos lost to Robredo by 263,473 votes in the May 2016 elections, the closest race for the vice presidency in recent history.
-- report from Hazel Salas, ABS-CBN News