Bane or boon? Netizens react to Miriam-Bongbong tandem

Rappler Social Media Team
Bane or boon? Netizens react to Miriam-Bongbong tandem
The Twitterverse explodes with reactions after the social media savvy senator announces her tandem with fellow Senator Bongbong Marcos

MANILA, Philippines – After days of speculation, Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago finally dropped the bomb – Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr will be her running mate in the 2016 elections.

On Tuesday, October 13, Santiago announced her presidential bid during the launch of her book, Stupid is Forevermore, driving the “Twitterverse in frenzy for their newfound hope.” (READ: ‘#Miriam2016: Social media rockstar gives netizens hope‘ )

Reporters then asked who her running mate would be, but she only dropped a hint – he is someone who has already declared his vice presidential bid – leaving netizens guessing as to who the “chosen one” is.

A lot of netizens had already guessed that it was going to be Marcos, and have declared their support for, or opposition to, the tandem.

TRENDING. As of 12:30pm, October 15, Bongbong and Sen. Santiago are already trending on twitter.

On Thursday, October 15, the Twitterverse exploded with reactions when the social media savvy senator finally confirmed their speculations. By 12:30 pm, Santiago and Marcos were already trending on Twitter.

Some were disappointed with Santiago’s choice, citing the Marcos family’s dark past when its patriarch, the late strongman Ferdinand Marcos, imposed Martial Law.

Some speculated that Santiago chose Marcos to improve her chances of winning.

There were those who rejoiced at the news.

Santiago said she will run under her own party, the People’s Reform Party, the same vehicle she used for her 1992 presidential bid.

“If I become president sometime in the very near future, this country will be much better than it was before. Today this country suffers from the malaise of plunder,” she said when she declared her bid.

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From Monday to Friday, October 12 to 16, those who want to run for public office are filing their certificates of candidacy (CoC). Help to keep track of these aspirants in your areas. Be citizen journalists at Comelec offices nationwide.

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