Archangel Lucifer, other 'nuisance' candidates soar on Twitter
MANILA, Philippines - Three “nuisance” candidates who filed their certificates of candidacy (COC) to run for higher office on Tuesday, October 13, shot to the top of social media. Trailing beneath the excitement for the release of Zayn Malik’s new music, Archangel Lucifer, Alfredo Tindugan and Victor Quijano “trended” high on Twitter.
One doesn’t need to search to find a possible cause of their fleeting moment of online attention. Archangel Lucifer, the stage name of Romeo John Ygonia, is a presidential candidate who claims he was chosen by his “master” to lead the Philippines.
Alfredo Tindugan, a farmer who occupies the next spot after Archangel Lucifer on Twitter Trends, declared that he would push for a “divine government” as president. His running mate, Angelito Baluga, is a security guard.
Not all 'nuisance' candidates, however, have gained traction solely because of their creative personality.
Victor Quijano is a chemical engineer and senatorial aspirant. After filing his COC, he declared his ambitious platform to introduce a federal system of government in the Philippines. Under his proposed model, a devolution of powers would take place, leaving the national government only responsible for matters of national security and foreign policy.
It seems as though the annoyance, which characterized yesterday’s reactions, has been replaced with amusement. Mirthful reactions abound on Twitter, with one user even drawing links between the country’s current state of politics and that of the popular television show Game of Thornes.
Archangel Lucifer, a Dothraki and Alfredo Tindugan, a Targaryen file COC for President. Game of Thrones pala ang peg. pic.twitter.com/0QwLrmWWel— Loven Opiana (@iamloves) October 13, 2015
A contest between Archangel Lucifer and a candidate professing a “divine” government would make for an interesting "clash of kings," indeed. - With reports from Lorenzo Benitez/Rappler.com
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