Senatorial candidate Larry Gadon claimed that incumbent Vice President Leni Robredo cheated in the 2016 vice-presidential elections.

Claim: Vice President Leni Robredo cheated in the 2016 elections.

Rating: FALSE

A quote card from a Facebook Page quoting senatorial candidate Larry Gadon claimed that incumbent Vice President Leni Robredo cheated in the 2016 vice-presidential elections.

The card quoted Gadon as saying, “nandaya na noong 2016 vice presidential elections, tapos ngayon mandaraya parin sa bilang ng kanilang mga rally.” 

The card accompanied a post that quoted Gadon as alleging that Vice President Leni Robredo’s  numbers were “too low to make an impact” in the 2022 elections.

This claim is FALSE.

In June 2016, Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. filed an election protest against Robredo, alleging electoral fraud and vote-buying, among other things, after losing the vice presidential race by only 263,473 votes.

Three years later, the Supreme Court (SC), sitting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET), finished the ballot recounts in the pilot provinces that Marcos himself chose — Iloilo, Negros Oriental, and Camarines Sur — covering a total of 5,415 precincts. 

The recounts netted Marcos 14,157,771 votes while Robredo garnered 14,436,337, based on a PET decision released in 2021.

Further revisions and recounts in the provinces of Basilan, Lanao del Sur, and Maguindanao showed that the vice president led by 15,130 votes.

The PET dismissed Marcos’ election protest for lack of merit.

Gadon, who is famed for his boisterous rants on social media, is a known supporter of Marcos Jr. 

In January 2022, the Supreme Court suspended Gadon indefinitely from the practice of law after he berated and used profanities against journalist Raissa Robles in a viral video 

The SC decision clearly proved that Robredo won the vice-presidential election in 2016. Marcos, in his electoral protest, was unable to prove that Robredo cheated to win the elections, debunking the false claim of Gadon. – Zeus Legaspi

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