MANILA, Philippines – As polls closed for the 2019 midterm elections on Monday, May 13, Google was abuzz with queries on migrating, data from Google Trends showed.
As seen in the graph below, searches for 'migrate' and 'how to migrate' started increasing on May 13, just when partial and unofficial results from precincts have started coming in on the Commission on Elections' transparency channels.
Screenshot from Google Trends
Google Trends give real-time data on searches about specific keywords. The numbers above represent search interest relative to the highest point on the chart for the given region and time. A value of 100 is the peak popularity for the term.
Twitterverse's citizens were also not holding back on expressing their dismay, as they tweeted (mostly jokingly) about migrating because of the results.
Using a tool that tracks tweets online, we can see that tweets that mention the word 'migrate' also started increasing by 6 pm. The scan above includes only tweets with geo-tags in the Philippines.
Here are just some of tweets from the scan:
Watch our generation migrate abroad. — moonchild (@michxxcamcam) May 13, 2019 it’s really a sign that we should migrate and change citizenship once either of them wins #Eleksyon2019 pic.twitter.com/eAlhPsWc9Z — Ronan Ezra (@RawNone011) May 13, 2019 Time to migrate. #Eleksiyon2019 #Halalan2019 pic.twitter.com/j0Of1vMHFm — Mhico (@MhicoMateo_) May 13, 2019 Puro bye Philippines post sa fb ngayon ah, Friends yung plano nating out of town nga lang di matuloy tuloy bye Philippines ka pa diyan. Sad lang tayo pero wala pa tayong pang migrate #Halalan2019 #HugotHalalan — s (@sharynight) May 13, 2019
The polls officially closed by 6 pm and votes are still being counted as of writing.
The first transmission to transparency servers came in a few minutes after, with Grace Poe, Cynthia Villar, and Bong Go in the top Senatorial spots.
Except for Nancy Binay and Lito Lapid, all other top candidates also belonged to administration-backed party Hugpong ng Pagbabago.