Rodrigo Duterte generated the biggest buzz on Twitter as Filipinos were focused on Pilipinas Debates 2016 on February 21, Sunday.
The debate held in Cagayan de Oro City aired live on national television and radio and online news site, had the five presidential candidates in the May election.
Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte generated the most buzz during the two-hour event, said Pinoy Twitter.
#PiliPinasDebates2016 dominated trending topics not only in the Philippines, but also worldwide.
Data from the social networking site showed that the tough-talking local executive was subject of some 322,000 tweets, or 35 percent of the discussion.
He was followed by Vice President Jejomar Binay (212,000 tweets or 27 percent), former Interior Secretary Mar Roxas (78,000 tweets or 14 percent), Sen. Grace Poe (69,000 tweets or 13 percent), and Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago (65,000 tweets or 11 percent).
MOST POPULAR IN FACEBOOK
Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, standard bearer of the opposition Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Laban (PDP-Laban), beat his four rivals in the race to Malacanang, based on “election-related conversations” about the coming election, according to social media giant Facebook.
Facebook said 8.2 million Filipinos participated in election-related conversations from November 30 through February 15. This figure represents 16.7 percent of the 49 million monthly active users on Facebook in the Philippines, and has resulted in some 45 million conversations.
“Election-related conversations,” according to Facebook, means any post or comment that contains highly specific and targeted keywords or hashtags related to either the election itself, a candidate, a party, or a specific topic that might be playing a large role in the election.
With the 2016 elections only three months away, Filipino voters have invaded Facebook to post comments about their candidates and their opponents and discuss election-related topics.
Duterte has also front lined survey results for presidential preference by pollsters Pulse Asia and Social Weather Stations (SWS).
“Facebook is the destination for authentic conversation about politics. It’s a place for citizens to learn about candidates, for friends to debate political issues, and for candidates to reach voters,” said Elizabeth Hernandez, Facebook’s Head of APAC Public Policy.
ON TOP IN RAPPLER TEXT VOTE
Mayor Rodrigo Duterte emerged on top of other presidential candidates with more engaged voters across the country expressing their support for the Davao City mayor in text votes by Rappler.
Rappler said Duterte clearly dominated the online January text poll as he did in the December poll of the popular news site.
The preference for Duterte among engaged voters, as reflected in the Rappler text survey, is similar to those in probability surveys, according to Carijane Laylo, Rappler’s survey consultant.
In the latest BusinessWorld-Social Weather Stations (BW-SWS) pre-poll presidential preference survey, Duterte (24%) was already in a statistical tie with front runner Vice President Jejomar BInay (29%). Senator Grace Poe also had a 24%.
In the text vote, Duterte is the overwhelming choice in Mindanao (59% of total votes), especially in the Davao region (81% of total votes). He also leads in the National Capital Region (NCR), Southern Luzon/Bicol, and the Visayas, according to Rappler.