Ferdinand Marcos Jr. lost in the 2016 vice presidential elections. He was not cheated, contrary to a claim of senatorial aspirant Robin Padilla at Uniteam’s miting de avance on May 7.

Insisting that Marcos was a victim of election fraud, the actor said:

Hahayaan po ba natin na mangyari ulit ang 2016? Walang tulugan to. Mga kababayan, tama na ang pakikialam ng mga dayuhan. Sa pagkakataong ito tumindig tayo bilang mga Pilipino. Huwag tayong pumayag na madaya si Bongbong. Walang tulugan, walang tulugan, walang tulugan. Tandaan niyo noong 2016, natulog lang tayo P—–

Vice President Leni Robredo, who is again pitted against Marcos in the May 9 presidential race, won the 2016 elections, beating Marcos by 260,000 votes.

Marcos contested the results in June 2016, but the Supreme Court unanimously dismissed his protest on Feb.16, 2021.

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