Vice President Leni Robredo said she would rather defeat former senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. in the May election than disqualify him from running for the presidency.
VP Robredo again declined to comment on Marcos’ disqualification case but she firmly stood on the issue in a television interview on Thursday night, January 13.
“I don’t want to comment on the disqualification case. But if you are– if you were to ask me, I would rather defeat him in the election,” Robredo said in an interview with CNN Philippines.
The aspiring president said she wanted to end Marcos ’allegation that she cheated in the 2016 national elections when they both ran for Vice President.
“Many believe that I cheated on him, even though I won the Supreme Court several times, this is the narrative she is pushing,” said Robredo.
“So, he really needs to be defeated in the next election for once and for all, to stop what he is doing to convince people in the narrative that he wants to push,” VP Robredo added.
The Vice President also believes that she will “most definitely” be the last woman to stand again in the presidential race.
“Most definitely… First of all, I am the only woman candidate again just as I was when I ran for the vice presidency and number two, again my record will speak for itself. The amount I went through in the last five and a half years that I was Vice President and I am still standing today and still fighting,” said Robredo when asked if she could repeat the same iconic phrase she used in 2016 Vice Presidential debate.
This time, however, she insisted, that they need to redouble their efforts in tackling the more difficult social media challenges during the campaign.
“Because we know there are so many fake accounts today, we know that social media is working on algorithms so the distribution channels are really saturated that‘ people are no longer given enough opportunity to really know what is right and what is wrong. So, we really need to double the effort to make it known to people what is true and what is not, ” said VP Robredo.