MANILA, Philippines – As the Philippines await the next leaders of the country, supporters of vice presidential candidates Leni Robredo and Bongbong Marcos stayed up the night after the national elections to await results bringing hashtags like #LabanLeni and 'Martial Law Thingy' to trend on Tuesday, May 10.
While monitoring the unofficial and partial results, some Filipinos online used social media to post humurous tweets in an attempt to lighten up the mood during their intense wait.
Adding to the tension is the fact that the race is very tight. As of 3:08 am of May 10, Marcos and Robredo are both at 38.9% in total votes.
Partial, unofficial results - Vice Pres: 87.05% precincts reporting as of 3:08 am #PHVote https://t.co/Kbm0329AM0 pic.twitter.com/ce4aR2CtIL — Rappler (@rapplerdotcom) May 9, 2016
For some, mathematical skills were put to the test.
I love how this race is testing my subtraction skills #LabanLeni — Glee (@gleefjalea) May 9, 2016
Want to join the fun? There is a #LabanLeni starter pack! It includes 1) reloading the Rappler results page multiple times, 2) a calculator, 3) a rosary for prayer, and 4) staying up late.
#LabanLeni starter pack pic.twitter.com/wrQntPEBQM — Risa Angela (@risarodil) May 9, 2016
"Dasal lang. Dasal lang talaga” is an insider joke for Filipinos online. (Pray. Prayer is the key.) The phrase is from senatorial candidate Alma Moreno who used it as a response in one of her TV interviews.
#LabanLeni folks right now. pic.twitter.com/UPFSSAazn5 — Editors of Manila (@edsMNL) May 9, 2016
Twitter users like Erica Esteban (@erecuh) did not only give up sleep but also her final term paper.
Progress... #LabanLeni pic.twitter.com/lviLZm4y7G — Erica Esteban (@erecuh) May 9, 2016
It’s all worth it though, according to Simone Dimalibot, for “a deserving Vice President"
WALANG JUDGER MAMAYA NA PANGIT AKO WORTH IT ANG EYEBAGS-PIMPLES COMBO ALL FOR WITNESSING THE RISE OF A DESERVING VP #LabanLeni!!! — Simone Dimalibot (@SIMONElikeyou) May 9, 2016
“Tita Leni, lamangan mo na. Wala na kami sa laylayan. Nasa kanal na kami. Yung eyebags namin kasing itim na ng budhi ni Marcos," another Twitter user added. (Aunt Lenie, overtake him already. We’re not in the fringes anymore. We’re in the sewer. Our eyebags are as dark as Marcos’ soul")
TITA LENIII LAMANGAN MO NAA WALA NA KAMI SA LAYLAYAAAN NASA KANAL NA KAMII YUNG EYEBAGS NAMIN KASING-ITIM NA NG BUDHI NI MARCOS #LabanLeni — Richard Bolisay (@richardbolisay) May 9, 2016
Despite all this, Robredo’s supporters had high hopes that she will overtake Marcos in the end.
CamSur? More like CamSure. #LabanLeni #HabolLeni — Jesse Barrion (@sharkjesse) May 9, 2016
Which as of 3:29 am, she did.
Partial, unofficial results - VP: 87.33% precincts reporting as of 3:29 am #PHVote https://t.co/Kbm0329AM0 pic.twitter.com/NSeaUBc0HE — Rappler (@rapplerdotcom) May 9, 2016
Marcos' supporters haven't been quiet either.
"The Marcoses are nice. People just don't see it because of the Martial Law Thingy," said Twitter user @zappyband.
Mababait ang mga Marcos, some people don't just see it because they focus on the Martial Law thingy — clau (@zappybands) May 9, 2016
This triggered the phrase "Martial Law Thingy" to trend in the country.
Last night, "Martial Law" was trending in the Philippines. Now, it's "Martial Law Thingy." pic.twitter.com/7jvZxGsTvb — Stacy de Jesus (@stacydejesus) May 9, 2016
A couple of Twitter users agreed with @zappyband wondering
Hey guys! About the martial law thingy. Look, 2016 napo. Grow up! Atska duh baket? Pare-parehas ba ang mga tao? Iba si ferdinand iba si bbm — xy (@mhurpey) May 9, 2016 His father once made Tacloban a real paradise. So sad how people focus on Martial Law thingy only — Mrs.Yanne Marcos ♡ (@yanneallday) May 9, 2016
On the other hand, a couple of Twitter users were appalled by the trend.
@zappybands"martial law thingy" i assume you mean the billions of dollars they stole from the country and thousands of people they tortured — April Virata (@staplervirata) May 9, 2016 Mabait din si Hitler, some people don't just see it because they focus on the Holocaust thingy. Pakyu ka https://t.co/JoTiMon9bg — KC (@katcoscolluela) May 9, 2016 That "martial law thingy" led to the deaths of thousands of Filipinos, suppression of basic human freedoms, and billions in stolen wealth. — Simeon Miguel Abrera (@sirabreraaa) May 9, 2016