We can’t believe that it has almost been a year since the last Presidential elections. Maybe some of you are very vocal with your Political views and may have lost friends along the way. We have also lost a handful of friends when we chose to campaign for the DuCay tandem (Duterte-Cayetano). Some raised eyebrows, some unfriended us or even blocked us after seeing a series of posts on our Social Media accounts. We also got caught up in some heated arguments which we do not take personally. We have our own bets, our own biases and we respect everyone the same way that we wanted to be respected.
But, we always stand up on our beliefs when needed. I (Alaine) never supported LP because I am not fully convinced with Ninoy’s heroism. One of my uncles was the one who carried his dead body at the airport along with other soldiers. They were all put to jail for more than 20 years. These soldiers along with their family members suffered for two decades for a crime who knows who committed. When the late Cory Aquino became president due to snap elections, the Aquino-Galman case was not even resolved.
When Noynoy Aquino became our President, we didn’t post nasty things about him on our Social Media accounts, in fact we did a lot of research about the things that he has done and still doing as our President. I would say some are impressive. But when these issues about Yolanda Typhoon, Hacienda Luisita, Lumad Killings, and SAF44 took place, we began doubting his intentions. Didn’t he promise that we, as citizens will be his boss? We were also turned off with how he enjoyed blaming the former President Gloria Macapal-Arroyo for every negative thing that has happened to our country.
When Duterte finally announced that he is running for President – just like every responsible citizen did, we researched. We asked people that we know from Davao City to make sure that the news about him are true. Miguel spent his teenage years in Taguig City sans our support for Cayetano.
We couldn’t fathom how and why would a certain political party would accuse a Social media influencer or blogger a troll for voicing out his or her opinions.
Quoting Atty. Darwin Cañete‘s facebook post last February 11, 2017.
“Accusing President Duterte of paying bloggers betrays gross ignorance of the man. If he were to pay anyone, it would be mainstream media. Bloggers are, numbers aside, untested investments. A payolaed reporter guarantees column space and favorable airtime. Not to mention the guy is a notorious cheapskate and doesn’t care about what you write about him. Now, those anonymous anti-Duterte websites and pages? Someone funds them. You can bet your ass on that one. ”
Have they forgotten about Freedom of Expression?
We have so much respect for bloggers like Sass Rogando Sasot, Rj Nieto of Thinking Pinoy and Mocha Uson that we didn’t let the opportunity of joining them in a live KanTalk pass us by. It was a chance for us to learn more things about the Government and our Laws since one of the guests was Atty. Rose Beatrix “Trixie” Cruz-Angeles. Dra. Lorraine Marie Badoy, the newly appointed DSWD Assistant Secretary also graced the event.
KanTalk was the very first political event that we attended and we’re very thankful for the wisdom that were imparted to us. As Social Media influencers, they reminded us to respect other people’s freedom of expression whether or not they agree with our beliefs. Because at the end of the day, we are all Filipinos and should care for whatever is good for our country and the next generation.
We were also encouraged to take a stand on issues by calling the attention of our local government officers like Mayors and Congressmen. 95% of the attendees were professionals – Doctors, Lawyers, Teachers and Nurses to name a few.
Contrary to what the other mainstream media reported, through the effort of RJ Nieto, Social Media influencers (anti or pro Duterte) can sign up to be a member of Malacañang’s Social Media Press Corps.
It’s about time to prove who the real trolls are. Everyone should come out and stop hiding under the cloak of anonymity unless, they have a different intention other than making the Philippines a better country.
Disclaimer: Miguel and I were not compensated nor encouraged to write this post.