VICE President Leni Robredo yesterday twitted former senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. for saying that he intends to seek a national post in the 2022 national elections, saying it will be best for him to forget his future political plans if he still can’t accept defeat in the 2016 vice presidential race.
“Karapatan naman ng kahit sino na tumakbo. Pero dapat lahat nang tatakbo, tatanggapin iyong resulta ng eleksyon. Kasi kung matatalo ka, hindi mo tatanggapin, eh huwag ka nang tumakbo (Anyone who is qualified can seek public office but everyone who will run should accept the result of the elections. If you lose and you won’t accept it, it would be better not to run anymore),” Robredo told anchor Arnold Clavio in a television interview.
Marcos earlier said he has yet to decide which position he will be gunning for in 2022 but said he could even seek a Senate comeback.
Earlier this month, Robredo asked the Supreme Court sitting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal to dismiss the electoral protest filed by Marcos after he failed to show “substantial recovery” or to direct him to present evidence to justify his call for a technical examination in three provinces in Mindanao.
Marcos had said he could easily surpass Robredo’s lead of 263,473 votes in the May 2016 elections because she stands to lose 497,985 votes if the election results in the three pilot provinces – Camarines Sur, Negros Oriental, and Iloilo, are recounted.
Robredo, who was the candidate of the Liberal Party, said it was clear Marcos lost in his electoral protest and it is time for the PET to junk it.
The PET ruled last year that after the recount in the three provinces, Robredo’s lead over Marcos in the 2016 elections widened by more than 15,000 votes.
Robredo also assailed Marcos for saying that school textbooks should be revised to reflect the achievements of his father who was ousted in the Edsa People Power 1 revolution.
“Iyon, medyo nakakatawa iyon (That’s a little bit funny),” the Vice President said.
“Talagang may pagkukulang—may pagkukulang iyong sistema natin sa pagtuturo, in the sense na hindi effective iyong ating pagturo kung ano iyong naging epekto ng diktadurya noon. (There’s really a shortcoming – there’s a shortcoming in our educational system in the sense that it’s not effective because it didn’t reflect the effects of the dictatorship),” Robredo said.
Robredo said school textbooks should instead highlight the atrocities committed under the martial law regime.
“Medyo nakakatawa kasi (na) iyon (ang pinopropose niya) kasi kung may kailangang baguhin, kailangan siguraduhin na ma-inculcate sa bawat mamamayang Pilipino kung ano iyong kasamaan na dinala sa atin ng diktaturya (It’s funny that he wants to change it when we what we should do is inculcate to every citizen the evils of the dictatorship),” Robredo said.
Robredo expressed dismay that the people are allowing the Marcoses to gradually return to power.
“Gusto kong sabihin, hindi tayo natuto. Kaya kung mayroong kailangang baguhin (sa textbooks) (I want to say, ‘We haven’t learned a thing. That’s why we need to change something),” said the Vice President.