Twitter war erupts over Angkas drivers supporting Bong Go

Marguerite de Leon
Twitter war erupts over Angkas drivers supporting Bong Go
Would you stop using a company's products or services if they become affiliated with a politician or political stance?

MANILA, Philippines – Should a group of Angkas motorcycle drivers show their support for a politician while in uniform?  

Netizens expressed outrage when Twitter user @heycaloy shared photos on Monday, October 15, of Angkas motorcycle drivers banding together in front of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) main office in Manila. They were there to support senatorial hopeful and former presidential aide Bong Go, who filed his certificate of candidacy there the same day.

 

 

The photos, paired with the caption, “Angkas supports Bong Go for senator? @angkas, kinakaya mo pa diyan, gurl?” (Can you still stomach this, girl?) led many netizens to lambast the motorcycle ride-hailing app for supposedly allowing drivers to take a public political stance. 

Angkas’ official Twitter account, known for its quick and witty captions, responded initially to the criticism with a tweet saying, “The only Go I care about is the green traffic light.”

 

The account then followed up with further clarifications, explaining that while the company itself does not have any political affiliations, it will not curtail its drivers’ rights to express their views.

Angkas considers itself an online transportation platform, and does not consider the drivers as its direct employees. Rather, the drivers are seen as partners who use the app to get their own clients.

 

Netizens remained unsatisfied with these responses, saying that Angkas should have at least prohibited the drivers from wearing the company uniform at the event. 

 

The backlash led the Angkas Twitter account to give an ultimatum: “If you wish to delete our app because of this, you are perfectly free to do so. Freedom naman, ‘di ba (That’s freedom, isn’t it)?”

 

Would you stop using a company’s products or services if they become affiliated with a politician or political stance? Similarly, would you support a company precisely because they have a stance? Share your thoughts! – Rappler.com

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Marguerite de Leon

Marguerite Alcazaren de Leon heads Rappler’s Life and Style, Entertainment, and Opinion sections. She has been with Rappler since 2013, and also served as its social media producer for six years. She is also a fictionist.