Should Grace Poe be allowed to run for president? Netizens weigh in
MANILA, Philippines – Should Senator Grace Poe – a foundling, who later renounced her Filipino citizenship but took it back prior to her working for government – be allowed to run for president of the Philippines?
This had been the topic of several social media conversations ever since news that she was eyeing the nation's highest post, came out. Poe was a frontrunner in the 2013 senatorial elections.
The topic piqued the interest of many netizens. According to Reach, Rappler's social media analytics app, the keywords PHVote, GracePoe, Poe2016, and GracePoe2016 garnered 32.5 million Twitter views during the conversation, which ran from 8:00 to 9:30 pm on October 8. 150 individual Twitter accounts participated throughout this period, generating a total of 473 tweets on the topic.
Rappler's official Twitter account, @rapplerdotcom, moderated the conversation, making it the most influential account that evening, as seen in the map below.
The question Rappler posed that drove the most conversation referred to Philippine President Benigno Simeon Aquino III's statement that the public, and not the courts, should be left to judge Poe and the citizenship issues hurled at her. In the conversation, participants were asked to choose between siding with the voters or siding with the courts, and why.
The second most influential in the conversation was @tonylavs, the account of Tony la Viña, Dean of the Ateneo School of Government.
La Viña's tweet that got the most traction involved the discrepancy between Poe's presidency run, and the clamor for her to run as vice-president.
A similarly skeptical tweet by Rappler news editor Miriam Grace Go, also drove conversation, this time centering on the citizenship of Poe's family.
2/2 The issue that can make people sit up and think is why Grace Poe's husband & kids remain US citizens. #PHvote— Miss Go (@miriamgracego) October 8, 2015
Other notable questions posed by Rappler focused on Poe's intentions of running, and the difference between candidates' residencies and experience. Participation spiked during the posting of these questions, which occurred around 8:45 pm (see chart above).
The question regarding residencies and experience especially hit a chord among participants and generated a mixed response.
Toward the end of the conversation, when asked if Poe was the leader they wanted, positive responses such as the ones below dominated.
All in all, the response of the Twitter users who participated were skeptical on one end, yet still hopeful on the other. It remains to be seen, however, whether Poe can transcend the issues dogging her and prove that she is a formidable candidate regardless. – Rappler.com
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