MANILA, Philippines – Leni Robredo is officially the 14th vice president of the Republic of the Philippines.
During her inauguration at the Quezon City Executive House on Thursday, June 30, Robredo thanked supporters and expressed high hopes for the country.
“When we started, very few believed that we had a sliver of chance to win,” Robredo said. “But because of the contributions of each single individual… like each one of you who sacrificed so much to get us where we are now and believed when nobody believed.” (READ: 'FULL TEXT: Inaugural speech of VP Leni Robredo' )
Her words reverberated across social media, and the hashtag #VPLeni trended almost instantly.
Netizens posted messages of support and hope, welcoming the new vice president with heartwarming congratulatory tweets.
#VPLeni - Curated tweets by phpolitics
Meanwhile, some of the supporters of Robredo and President Rodrigo Duterte shrugged off their political differences and wished the best for the tandem who will be at the helm of the country.
But, as always, not everyone is happy.
Some social media users accused Robredo of cheating in the elections, echoing the claims of defeated vice presidential candidate Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr.
According to Rappler’s analytics tool, Reach, #VPLeni has made 243,712,473 Twitter impressions (number times a user is served a tweet in timeline or search results) as of 11:30 am. From 8 am to 11:30 am on June 30, the hashtag generated more than 8,000 unique tweets from more than 4,300 unique authors.
Don Kevin Hapal is Rappler’s Head of Data and Innovation. He started at Rappler as a digital communications specialist, then went on to lead Rappler’s Balikbayan section for overseas Filipinos. He was introduced to data journalism while writing and researching about social media, disinformation, and propaganda.