Before the elections, I remember my news feed being so noisy. There were people posting stuff to campaign for Duterte, Mar and Poe supporters sharing anti-Duterte news, debates happening everywhere, and most of all, memes that made the internet dirtier than ever. Remember election time when banners made our buildings dirty? Well, now that Facebook’s the biggest thing, our feeds have also become dirty during election time.
And I was one of them so-called “Dutertards”. I remember purposely going to anti-Duterte pages to debate with people, I spent a huge amount of time writing posts, replying to posts, sharing news, etc. When election came and Duterte won, I stopped. I read a lot less news, just sighed at whatever is in my feed, and just continued with my life pre-elections. I went back to managing my business, seeing my friends more, going to business trips, and taking short vacations.
What’s funny though, is that some people are still as passionate as they were before elections. And take note: these are anti-Duterte people. It’s astounding. It’s like they’ve read “The Purpose Driven Life” and decided that their purpose is to talk about all the negative things Duterte does, or says, or negative things happening around and just link it to the President.
Know that coffee TV advertisement where the speaker asks, “para kanino ka gumigising (whom do you wake up for)?” I think some people just wake up everyday to talk ill about the President, to point out every little wrong thing and somehow blame it to him, to just share bad news and keep their eyes closed about the obvious improvements in our country. Heard about the mining industry now complying to better standards? Heard about better and faster relief operations? Heard about wonderful stories of 911 helping people all over the country? If you haven’t, it’s because these nega people are filling the social media with useless noise. I swear, I know at least three (3) people in my feed posting at least five (5) anti-Duterte statements every single day.
Now here’s the clincher: one of the haters started asking known, staunch Duterte supporters—why are you so quiet? We are quiet because we let the President do his job while we do ours. He won the elections and that is because of democracy. He had huge lead, and that is because millions of Filipinos want change and want to bet the next six years of our country on his hands. If you have a problem with that, then sue the COMELEC. With a high trust rating during his first 100 days in the seat, I think we’re heading in the right direction. I have never been more confident of my country’s ruler, and because of that, I get to manage my businesses better, I get to enjoy being a Filipino more, and most of all, I don’t spend my days loitering on social media looking for the next debate to participate in. I’m not blind to the mistakes of his methods. But I still think more has been done in a few days compared to the past administrations. It’s just sad how other people just want our President to fail just so they can prove themselves right.
Now that we have it laid out, who’s rabid, cult-like, and illogical now? Ikaw, para kanino ka gumigising?