TACLOBAN CITY- Slowly, they are seeing a ray of hope on the electoral protest filed by her brother against Vice President Maria Leonor ‘Leni’ Robredo.
Thus expressed Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos, referring to the ongoing recount of votes for the 2016 vice presidential race where her brother, Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ narrowly lost to Robredo by over 200,000 votes.
“It’s been an uphill struggle for us but with the start of the counting, may liwanag na sa dilim kahit papaano. We’re pushing very hard, we’re hopeful that this will proceed and it looks like slowly we are inching towards our goal,” the governor said during a media interaction Tuesday(April 17) at the VIP Lounge of the Daniel Z. Romualdez (DZR) Airport.
“Our family is just pushing for the protest. It’s been a while. This is what we’ve wanted for the last two years and it’s only right because we prayed for this; that the recount of ballots pushes through” added Marcos.
Marcos was in Tacloban for a series of speaking engagement but failed to attend some of them due to delayed flight from Manila.
The Ilocos Norte said that they are positive that his brother will win on the election protest that he filed against Robredo.
Bongbong lost to Robredo, candidate of the Liberal Party, by about 263,473 votes.
Marcos claimed that they were cheated reason he initiated the protest before the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET).
Meantime, Imee said that she is seriously considering of running for a Senate seat in next year’s elections.
“Napapagusapan sa pamilya naming dahil sa protesta ni Bongbong, its taking forever. Its two years na, nothing happens. My mother, my brother and I are concerned that somebody should run for a national office in next year’s national election,” she said.
She said that she’s been visiting the country to get the feel of the people and to see what’s happening outside her province.
Marcos is now on her third and last term as governor of Ilocos Norte. (LIZBETH ANN A. ABELLA)