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Robredo would rather defeat Marcos in polls than face disqualification

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If Vice President Leni Robredo had her way, she would defeat former Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. in the upcoming elections rather than have him disqualified as a presidential contender in the May polls.

“If you were to ask me, I would rather beat him in the elections to finally put an end to all this,” Robredo said in Filipino over CNN Philippines’ “News Night” on Thursday.

The false idea that Robredo cheated her way to victory over Marcos Jr. in the 2016 vice presidential election is what she wants to put to rest.

“He needs to be defeated in the upcoming elections so that once and for all his pushing of a narrative to the people can be stopped,” she said.

Marcos is facing four disqualification petitions before the Commission on Elections, three of which say that he is unable to run for public office since he was convicted of tax evasion in 1995.

At a preliminary hearing on the disqualification proceedings, Marcos’ lawyer, Hanna Barcena, told the Comelec that he has settled his taxes and fines with the Bureau of Internal Revenue, but not with the court.

In the other disqualification complaint, Abubakar Mangelen, claiming to be the former chairman of Marcos’ party, the Partido Federal ng Pilipinas, claims he did not follow party regulations in becoming the party’s standard bearer.

According to Comelec Commissioner Rowena Guanzon, a verdict on the disqualification proceedings filed against Marcos by Martial Law victims and the Akbayan party could be released on January 17.

The 2022 presidential election is shaping up to be a rematch between Robredo and Marcos, who faced battle in a close vice presidential race in 2016, with the incumbent vice president winning by just over 260,000 votes.

Marcos maintained a significant lead in a poll conducted by private pollster Pulse Asia from December 6 to 11, with 53 percent of respondents stating they would vote for him if elections were held at that time.

Robredo is a distant second, with only 20% of respondents saying they would vote for her, but her numbers have risen dramatically from the previous poll, when she received only 8% of the vote.

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Robredo prefers beating Marcos in polls instead of disqualification|Philippine Star

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