• Duterte is aware of cheating in the May 9 elections
• Senator Bongbong Marcos claimed he was robbed of at least 3 million votes
• The Ilocano senator said he will file an electoral protest on June 28
Outgoing Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., who lost the vice presidential race to Camarines Sur Representative Leni Robredo by a slim margin, claimed incoming Rodrigo Duterte is aware that cheating took place during the May 9 elections.
“I know there was cheating,” President-elect Rodrigo Duterte reportedly told the senator from Ilocos Norte, who flew to Davao City to personally congratulate the mayor for his election victory.
Marcos, who lost to Robredo by only 263,000 votes, claimed he was robbed of at least 3 million votes. He claimed President Benigno Aquino III and the Liberal Party conspired to make sure he would lose the vice presidential race.
He then recalled the president telling the public during the campaign period that he (President Aquino) would do everything to stamp out the Marcos family’s political comeback.
Asked if Duterte got the impression that he was robbed of victory in the VP race, Bongbong Marcos said: “Put it this way. He never said anything like that but he said ‘I know there was cheating. That’s as far as he can get in his statement.”
The senator said the president-elect did not expound on his statement as he told him his plan to file an electoral protest before the Commission on Elections and the Presidential Electoral Tribunal on June 28; two days before the Presidential and Vice Presidential inauguration on June 30.
“I explained to him the basis of our protest. He is aware of the cheating,” the Manila Times quoted the senator as telling reporters in a media forum in Quezon City on Saturday, June 11.