Mar­cos us­ing ill-got­ten wealth to re­turn to power — Leni

The Philippine Star - - NEWS - By HE­LEN FLORES

Vice Pres­i­dent Leni Ro­bredo ac­cused yes­ter­day for­mer se­na­tor Fer­di­nand Mar­cos Jr. of us­ing ill-got­ten wealth to re­turn to power.

“For me, it’s sad­den­ing that they have yet to pay what they owe the coun­try, and yet they are us­ing their debt to re­turn to power,” Ro­bredo said in a fo­rum at the Univer­sity of the Philip­pines-Los Baños.

Ro­bredo’s state­ment came after Mar­cos, son and name­sake of the late dic­ta­tor, for­mally asked the Supreme Court, sit­ting as Pres­i­den­tial Elec­toral Tri­bunal (PET), to dis­miss her counter-protest over her fail­ure to pay the ini­tial P8 mil­lion re­quired cash de­posit for the case.

Mar­cos has set­tled the first in­stall­ment of fees re­quired from his end, which amounted to P36 mil­lion.

Ro­bredo said she would face the chal­lenges even as she ad­mit­ted that she does not have the same re­sources as Mar­cos.

“Of course, I don’t have the re­sources to stop him. But to me, even if we are not equal in terms of our back­ground, I’ll do ev­er­thing to make sure he will not re­turn to power,” she said.

Ro­bredo noted that “fight­ing an im­pend­ing Mar­cos re­turn” was among the fac­tors that con­vinced her to ac­cept the of­fer to run for vice pres­i­dent un­der the Lib­eral Party in the May 2016 elec­tions.

Mar­cos fa­ther’s decades-old reign is marked with abuses, in­clud­ing hu­man rights vi­o­la­tions.

She also ac­cused Mar­cos of us­ing his re­sources to help in “con­certed” at­tacks against her, es­pe­cially online.

Mar­cos and Ro­bredo were re­quired by the PET to raise a to­tal of P81.46 mil­lion, which will be used for the re­trieval of bal­lot boxes and elec­tion doc­u­ments from con­tested precincts.

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