MANILA, May 6 (Mabuhay) –Vice President Leni Robredo on Friday took a swipe at former senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., her rival for the presidency, for allegedly peddling disinformation against her.

Although Robredo did not mention Marcos by name, she said the disinformation started way back in 2016 when she defeated him in the vice presidential race.

“Halimbawa na lang ‘yung election protest na binrand ako na nandaya. Ilang beses ko na siyang natalo sa Supreme Court, unanimous ang decision, 15-0, [pero] ang narrative niya dinaya pa din siya,” Robredo told reporters in Sorsogon.

“So parang wala nang redemption, talagang ang sinungaling sa umpisa, sinungaling din sa kahuli-hulihan. Kawawa yung mga Pilipinong napapaniwala,” she added.

Robredo, who is second to Marcos in various preelection survey on presidentiables, issued the remark when asked about the complaint her spokesperson, Atty. Ibarra Gutierrez, filed in connection with articles linking her to Communist Party of the Philippines founding chairman Jose Maria “Joma” Sison.

Robredo said there is a “troll machinery” that has been working to bring her down since 2016. She insisted that she has never talked to Sison, who is based on the Netherlands.

Marcos’ camp earlier denied being behind the smear campaign against Robredo, saying Marcos’ campaign is based on his call for unity.

In a statement in April, Marcos’ spokesperson Vic Rodriguez accused Robredo and her supporters of spreading “propaganda of likes, falsehood and politics of deception.”

In a video released recently, Marcos, the son of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos Sr., called on the Filipinos to protect their votes so that they would not be “stolen.”  (MNS)

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