VP bets score high conversations on Twitter after #PiliPinasDebates2016
Discussions over the PiliPinas 2016 debate on Twitter went wild as Filipinos openly shared their thoughts, comments, and ideas on the statements and performances of the vice presidential bets during their face-off.
From 5 to 9 p.m. on April 10, netizens posted a total of 310,000 tweets on Twitter about the said debate, peaking with 2,700 tweets per minute a few minutes before 6 p.m. The #PiliPinasDebates2016 hashtag also made it to the top trending topics locally and worldwide.
Senator Alan Peter Cayetano (@alanpcayetano) led the conversation over Twitter, followed by Congresswoman Leni Robredo (@lenirobredo). Her statement, “May the best woman win” at the end of the debate boosted her Twitter conversations.
While the candidates’ share of voice on Twitter had sharp differences before the start of the debate, their respective performances made it a much closer race on Twitter during the debate.
Robredo enjoyed a huge lead in share of voice on Twitter prior to the debate, but Cayetano managed to edge ahead of her. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr. (@bongbongmarcos) was in second place before the debate and slipped to third during the debate, but still managed to close the gap with Robredo.
Among the topics raised during the VP debate, political dynasties, traffic and transportation, and corruption were the top three election issues that Pinoys discussed the most on Twitter.
“Public participation and discussion help develop a well-informed electorate and Twitter’s platform for live, public communications is an integral part of this elections process,” Twitter’s Head for Media Partnerships in Southeast Asia Pratiksha Rao said. “Debates like this are instrumental in empowering the voters to know their candidates more, and it is vital to further enrich what they see and learn on the debates via conversations with others on Twitter.”