Robredo says recount a 'fight for the truth'

Adrian Ayalin, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Apr 02 2018 09:41 AM | Updated as of Apr 02 2018 10:24 AM

Vice President Leni Robredo speaks during a Mass at St. Scholastica's College, Manila as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal begins the initial manual recount. Office of the Vice President

MANILA - Vice President Leni Robredo said the recount of votes in the 2016 vice presidential elections, which started on Monday, should not be feared since she and her supporters were in a "fight for the truth."

Robredo heard mass at the Benedictine-run St. Scholastica’s College before the Supreme Court convened as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal. Her chief rival, former senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr, is contesting her victory by a margin of 263,473 votes.

"To all our supporters and our friends who are here today. Ang pinapasabi rin ng ating lawyers wala tayong dapat ikatakot kasi ang katotohanan ang ating ipinaglalaban," Robredo said.

(To all our supporters and our friends who are here today. Our lawyers want us to know that we should have no fear because we are in a fight for the truth.)

The lawyers were also given a blessing by the priests who officiated the mass, including activist priest Robert Reyes.

The head of Robredo's legal team, Romulo Macalintal, said he would surrender his license should the Vice President lose against Marcos.

"We pray that they will be objective and they will not be cowed by fear," Father Ted Gonzales said in his homily.

In the most recent statement on the election protest on Marcos' website, his spokesperson, Vic Rodriguez, appealed to supporters to "remain calm and be with us in prayers."

"Your tireless support is what keeps us going. Thank you," he said.