Filipinos online were quick to react to US President Donald Trump’s cheating allegations against his Democrat rival Joe Biden, as they were reminded of a similar situation that happened at home, 4 years ago.
Netizens drew parallels of Trump’s remarks that the US elections is “a fraud on the American public” to the repeated allegations of former senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr who lost in the vice presidential race in 2016.
Marcos accused Vice President Leni Robredo of cheating after she defeated him by just 263,473 votes. Marcos has filed an electoral protest against her.
Following Marcos’ protest, the Supreme Court (SC) recounted votes in 3 pilot provinces chosen by Marcos: Negros Oriental, Iloilo, and Camarines Sur. This led to even more votes for Robredo, who widened her lead by 15,093 votes after the recount.
Despite this, the SC sitting as the Presidential Electoral Tribune (PET) has still not dismissed the electoral protest. (READ: In VP protest, Comelec says no failure of elections in Mindanao)
Like Marcos, Trump wants a recount of votes in Wisconsin, where he lost to Biden, while his campaign team pursues lawsuits to stop the counting of votes in Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Georgia.
In a series of tweets, Trump decried voter fraud, while urging pollsters to stop the count in their attempts to “steal the elections.”
Netizens took the internet by storm, citing a case of déjà vu upon seeing Trump’s adamant claims.
Robredo’s daughters jumped in, shading Marcos after seeing Trump’s statements.
Tricia, Robredo’s second daughter, said in a tweet that Trump’s remark was familiar. “Uy, parang may ganitong linyahan din dito nung 2016 (Hey, there was a similar line here in 2016).”
Her youngest sister Jillian retweeted Tricia’s post and quipped, “Baka paggising lamang na si Biden sa key states kung saan lamang si Trump tapos sasabihin dinaya (When Biden wakes up, he may be ahead in key states were Trump was leading, and then there would be claims of cheating).”
She was referring to that time during the counting of ballots in the 2016 elections when Robredo’s votes surged overnight. Marcos insisted that there was cheating when Robredo eventually took the lead.
Robredo’s eldest daughter Aika joined the fun and tweeted about a derogatory phrase used by trolls to attack her mother.
Trolls have long hurled at Robredo “Lugaw Queen” or “Leni Lugaw” ever since pictures of her campaign team selling porridge made rounds online back in 2016.
Some netizens went as far as claiming that Trump was, perhaps, inspired by Marcos.
Memes also spread like wildfire, poking fun at the possibility of Marcos being shocked about being copied at his own game.
Netizens also pointed out that if there’s one thing that is strikingly similar between Marcos and Trump, it is their inability to accept defeat.
Marcos’ most recent bid is for the votes in the provinces of Lanao del Sur, Maguindanao, and Basilan to be nullified, citing massive cheating in those areas. PET asked the Comelec and the Office of the Solicitor General (OSG) to weigh in on the legality of annulment of election scenarios.
PET also required Marcos to show proof of the alleged cheating, that of which he is yet to provide as of writing. – Rappler.com