Duterte camp lauds social media volunteers, campaigners for May 9 victory

MANILA — The camp of presumptive president-elect Rodrigo Duterte on Friday thanked all their social media volunteers and campaigners for their valuable support in helping him achieved victory in the May 9 presidential elections.

Peter Laviña, Duterte campaign spokesperson, said social media was a game changer that helped them win.

“On behalf of Mayor Duterte and the campaign team, we would like to express our thanks to all our online supporters, both here in the Philippines and abroad, who tirelessly worked to raise awareness about his candidacy, platform and programs,” Laviña said.

“And given our lack of funds to defray campaign costs, social media outlets like Facebook, Instagram and Twitter gave us the platforms to convey and propagate our messages,” he added.

The Duterte digital campaign involved hundreds of social media account groups, countless individuals and hundreds of influencers with a membership reach of over 14 million.

The Philippines has over 40 million Facebook accounts and pages alone and more than two million Twitter and Instagram handles.

In a related development, Laviña welcomed the support being mulled by social media platform Facebook for the incoming Duterte presidency, saying that the connectivity afforded by Facebook is essential in building Filipino communities and pushing the reform agenda of the President-elect. PNA/northboundasia.com