Liberal Party vice presidential candidate Leni Robredo chides Senator Bongbong Marcos over his insinuations of cheating amidst the steady rise of Robredo in the pre-election surveys.
Robredo told Marcos not to insult the growing number of people who give their trust and throw their support to the only woman running in the upcoming vice presidential elections.
“Calling us cheaters is an insult to everyone who has been helping us and trusting us,” Robredo said in a statement Tuesday, April 26.
“Now that we’re at No. 1, all sorts of brickbats are being thrown at us by our rivals,” she added.
In a statement on Monday, Marcos expressed his surprise over the survey results showing Leni ahead of him by a few percentage points.
“We are quite surprised by the new survey because all other surveys show otherwise. I hope this is not a pattern for cheating,” he said.
Based on the results of the most recent Social Weather Stations (SWS) – Business World survey, Robredo surged past Marcos by a few points and is now statistically tied with him for the top spot. From the 1,800 respondents who were interviewed from April 18 to 20, 26 percent chose Robredo as their most preferred vice presidential candidate to win the May 9 elections. Robredo’s numbers saw a seven percentage point increase from the previous survey, where she was statistically tied at the second place with Senator Chiz Escudero.
In November last year, Robredo only got 3% when her name was first included in the vice presidential pre-election surveys. Her numbers saw a steady increase as the campaign season kicked in. She is the only vice presidential candidate who was not known in the national level initially, having only served as a representative in the province of Camarines Sur.
Robredo, who has been vocal and consistent in her criticism of the historical revisionism in relation to the human rights violations and the ill-gotten wealth of the Marcos dictatorial regime, said that she would not be surprised shall there be more black propaganda that would come her way in the next few days.
“I’m sure their strategy is not limited to only black propaganda against us, but also empty promises and flattery to the voters in the next few days,” Robredo said, “They may even ask for an apology and promise to return the stolen wealth of the Marcoses to gain votes.”
The widow of former Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo appealed to the voters: “They have deceived us before; let’s not be deceived again.”