Pro-Marcos tweets: A minority during Luneta rally
MANILA, Philippines – On Sunday, August 14, the hashtags #MarcosBurial, #MarcosIsNotAHero, and #MarcosFakeHero trended on Twitter as the Luneta protest on Ferdinand Marcos' planned burial at the Libingan ng mga Bayani took place.
More than a thousand people gathered – from public figures to members of civil society organizations – to denounce the late strongman's upcoming burial at a cemetery reserved for national heroes.
The number of tweets approximated the on-ground strength of the rally – and represented the strength of the voice coming from the camp that's squarely against this year's most controversial relocation. (IN PHOTOS: 'Citizens' assembly' vs Marcos hero's burial)
In spite of that, there were a few pockets of resistance here and there. Scrolling through the hashtags #MarcosBurial, #MarcosIsNotAHero, and #MarcosFakeHero, one would notice the occasional tweet proclaiming support for the transfer of the late dictator's remains.
These are some of them, appearing in the lead-up to, during, or immediately after the "citizens' assembly":
MarcosIsNotAHero daw . Si Ninoy nga nkalibing s LnmB di namn nging Pres. nor a soldier. A Traitor perse ! Bat nkalibing don??#MarcosBurial— ailene bunuan (@AileneBunuan) August 14, 2016
Looking through these tweets, the arguments appear to be hinged on Marcos supposedly being a better leader for the Philippines than the late Ninoy Aquino; that Marcos has done a lot for the nation with one post tagging him a "nation builder"; and general anti-Aquino notions.
Under the hashtags, there was no definitive pro-Marcos tweet that got considerable Twitter approval.
More pro-Marcos tweets can be found under "#MarcosPaRin," which had already been in use before the Luneta protest but slightly recorded more activity than usual during the rally.
Sigurado ba kayo na Bayani lahat ng nakalibing sa Libingan ng mga Bayani? meron din mga traydor sa bayan na nakalibing diyan #MARCOSPARIN— Drei♕ (@TheDreiG) August 15, 2016
On Twitter at least, the pro-Marcos camp appears to be in the minority. – Rappler.com