Undersecretary Lorraine Marie Badoy, NTF-ELCAC spokesperson (right) and Leni Robredo (Interaksyon photo courtesy)
MANILA — An official of the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) yesterday stressed that Leni Robredo should admit that she was heavily defeated in Monday’s presidential elections and concede fast.
Undersecretary Lorraine Marie Badoy, NTF-ELCAC spokesperson noted that Robredo’s concession would allay the growing public alarm against threats of terror triggered by her continued refusal to accept the results of the recently-concluded polls.
“The VP can do a lot to not let this happen (violence)and one of that is by conceding. She is the only presidential candidate who hasn’t done that,” Badoy pointed out.
“Nag-concede na lahat ng presidential candidates. In fact within 24 hours a lot of them. Dapat ganon, tapos humupa na wala ng ganon ang (sa) ating proseso,” she added.
The NTF-ELCAC issued the statement after the National Intelligence Coordinating Agency (NICA) confirmed that the terror threat was magnified because some lawless elements are using the election results to sow terror.
“Our NSA (National Security Adviser) has already asked that she do (concede) it so that we can unite the people to rally behind the incoming president. This will really dissipate a lot anxieties and could unite our people. She should concede,” she said.
Badoy said terrorist group New Peoples’ Army is using Robredo’s continued refusal to concede to recruit youth supporters, who join the protest actions, as members of the Communist Party of the Philippines-New Peoples’ Army (CPP-NPA).
She stressed that there is no basis for Robredo’s continued grievances over the elections since it is very clear that President-elect Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos, Jr. won by a very wide margin.
Badoy also pointed out that even the Church-based electoral watchdog Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) has stated that Marcos won with unprecedented landslide votes.
“PPCRV mismo ang nagsabi at hindi lang landslide yun. Massive landslide ‘yon. Unprecedented so maliwanag na nagsabi na ang taumbayan,” she said.
The undersecretary further said that as the outgoing vice-president, Robredo’s graceful acceptance of her defeat would be crucial since it would discourage lawless groups from taking advantage of the issue.
“Ang concession speech ay isang pagrerespeto sa nangyaring proseso na dinaanan natin at isang function n’un ay para talaga nagkakaintindihan tayo na kapag election pwede tayong mag-away kasi demokrasiya ito but when it’s very clear that there is already a credible winner then everybody closes (ranks?) and you rally behind the new leader because you understand that the job is really – ganoon ang democratic process na maayos,” she added.
The NTF-ELCAC, along with the Philippine National Police (PNP), the Armed Forces of the Philippines (PNP), and the intelligence community, is on red alert over Robredo’s tactical alliance with the CPP-NPA.
Badoy also noted that aside from the Commission on Elections (Comelec) and the PPCRV stating that the May 9 elections was fair, honest, and credible, world leaders have also delivered their congratulations to Marcos as they expressed recognition for his victory.
“World leaders all over the world have acknowledged and given their congratulations to the incoming president who won not just a landslide but an amazing landslide. Very clear and loud mandate from the Filipino people so napakaliwanag na gawa-gawa lang ang mga issue na ito at ang nasa likod dyan ay ang CPP-NPA-NDF na katulad sa ginawa nila sa libu-libong anak natin, nililinlang na naman ang mga anak natin,” she pointed out.
” Hinihimok at ginagalit against government at tinuturuan itong mga bagong followers ni Leni Robredo na dahil nakipagsabwatan ay binuksan ang pintuan dito sa mga CPP-NPA-NDF,” she stressed.