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Robredo camp says Bongbong wasn’t asked to concede

/ 06:16 PM May 16, 2016

THE camp of leading vice presidential candidate Leni Robredo clarified on Monday that she is not being “presumptuous” of her victory in the race, saying the Camarines Sur representative never asked rival candidate Senator Bongbong Marcos to concede defeat.

“We want to clarify that we have no statement from our camp urging Senator Marcos to concede. It’s only him who could discuss his concession,” Robredo’s spokesperson Georgina Hernandez said in a media briefing at the Ateneo de Manila University on Monday.

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Hernandez also reiterated what Robredo said on Sunday that they are not claiming victory yet as only Congress could proclaim the winners in the presidential and vice presidential races.

She said they were not being presumptuous about the results. Instead, they were just providing updates in the latest vote count, which shows that there is a “mathematical certainty” that Marcos cannot catch up with Robredo’s numbers.

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“Hindi pangunguna ang ating ginagawa kundi update lamang base sa mga publicly available information mula sa Comelec (Commission on Elections) kung saan nakikita natin na mas malaki ang lamang ni Congresswoman Leni,” she said.

Asked to react to Marcos’s statement that he has won the vice presidential race, Robredo’s spokesperson said: “We don’t know where he got his data but according to Comelec’s website, the public could see that Congresswoman Leni is ahead of him.”

Earlier, former Comelec chairman Sixto Brilliantes took to Twitter to hit Robredo for reportedly asking Marcos to concede and for claiming the vice presidency “without a single canvass document being opened.”

Brillantes will also represent Marcos in the canvassing of votes in Congress.

“How can Robredo claim victory when not a single official canvass document has been opened? Congress has not even convened as canvass body. Now Robredo wants BBM (Bongbong Marcos) to concede based on alleged small unofficial lead. She cannot be that presumptuous,” Brillantes said.

As of latest unofficial count, Robredo is leading with more than 255,000 votes.

Hernandez clarified that the sources of their latest tally of votes only came from the official ones, including the Comelec website (comelec.gov.ph and pilipinaselectionresults2016.com) and the data posted by Comelec commissioner Rowena Guanzon on Twitter./rga

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