Manila, 11 April 2016 – Discussions over the much-anticipated Vice Presidential debate on Twitter went wild as Pinoys openly shared their thoughts, comments, and ideas over the statements and performances of Vice Presidential bets during their face-off. As expected, this has generated much attention on Twitter. From 5pm to 9pm on April 10th, Filipinos posted a total of 310,000 Tweets on Twitter about the Vice Presidential debates, peaking with 2,700 Tweets per minute a few minutes before 6:00pm. The #PiliPinasDebates2016 hashtag also made it to the top trending topics locally and worldwide.
With his aggressive candor during the debates, Senator Alan Peter Cayetano (@alanpcayetano) led the conversation over Twitter, followed strongly by Congresswoman Leni Robredo (@lenirobredo). Her statement, “May the best woman win” at the end of the debate boosted her Twitter conversations.
— BoysLove TopFan (@iamegertondee) April 11, 2016
While the candidates’ share of voice on Twitter had sharp differences before the debate, their respective performances on the TV face-off made it a much closer race on Twitter during the debate. Leni Robredo (@lenirobredo) enjoyed a huge lead in share of voice on Twitter prior to the debate, but Alan Peter Cayetano (@alanpcayetano) managed to edge ahead of her with his share of voice on Twitter during the debate. Bongbong Marcos (@bongbongmarcos) was in second place before the debate and slipped to third during the debate, but still managed to close the gap with Leni, too.
Interestingly, among the topics raised during the VP debate, political dynasties, traffic and transportation, and corruption were the top three election issues that Pinoys discussed the most on Twitter.
“Public participation and discussion help develop a well-informed electorate and Twitter’s platform for live, public communications is an integral part of this elections process,” says Twitter’s Head for Media Partnerships in Southeast Asia, Pratiksha Rao. “Debates like this are instrumental in empowering the voters to know their candidates more, and it is vital to further enrich what they see and learn on the debates via conversations with others on Twitter.”
Reflective of their dynamic disposition on the elections Filipinos’ Tweets about the debate ranged from serious to downright funny.
— Apa (@apaagbayani) April 10, 2016
Whattaday for great battles!!! 😱👍🏻
GS vs MEM
CLE vs CHI
MP vs BRAD
UP vs UST
ADMU vs DLSU
— Robi Domingo (@robertmarion) April 10, 2016
Mas supportive pa si Alan Peter Cayetano kay Duterte kaysa sa boyfriend mo sa 'yo. #100Percent
— Juan Miguel Severo 🏳️🌈 (@TheRainBro) April 10, 2016
— A.O.Sea (@annaoposa) April 10, 2016
— Tim Yap (@officialTIMYAP) April 10, 2016
To know more about the VP candidates, Filipinos can follow and engage with them via Twitter through their accounts: Senator Alan Peter Cayetano (@alanpcayetano), Senator Chiz Escudero (@saychiz), Former Senator Gringo Honasan (@gringo_honasan), Senator Bongbong Marcos (@bongbongmarcos), Congresswoman Leni Robredo (@lenirobredo), and Senator Antonio Trillanes IV (@TrillanesSonny).