Pro-Marcos tweets: A minority during Luneta rally

MANILA, Philippines – On Sunday, August 14, the hashtags #MarcosBurial, #MarcosIsNotAHero, and #MarcosFakeHero trended on Twitter as the Luneta protest on Ferdinand Marcos' planned burial at the Libingan ng mga Bayani took place. 

More than a thousand people gathered – from public figures to members of civil society organizations – to denounce the late strongman's upcoming burial at a cemetery reserved for national heroes.

The number of tweets approximated the on-ground strength of the rally – and represented the strength of the voice coming from the camp that's squarely against this year's most controversial relocation. (IN PHOTOS: 'Citizens' assembly' vs Marcos hero's burial

In spite of that, there were a few pockets of resistance here and there. Scrolling through the hashtags #MarcosBurial, #MarcosIsNotAHero, and #MarcosFakeHero, one would notice the occasional tweet proclaiming support for the transfer of the late dictator's remains.

These are some of them, appearing in the lead-up to, during, or immediately after the "citizens' assembly":

He might be one of the worst but no one could be as good as him. Continue to hate him but where does it get you? #MarcosFakeHero #justsayin — Dear CPA, (@cpadiaries) August 13, 2016

 

Wag ilibing si Marcos sa Libingan ng mga Bayani pero ikulong nyo mga Aquino para fair. #AyawSaDilaw #MarcosPaRin — Sherlock is CCC (@sugarnut221B) August 13, 2016 

 

MarcosIsNotAHero daw . Si Ninoy nga nkalibing s LnmB di namn nging Pres. nor a soldier. A Traitor perse ! Bat nkalibing don?? #MarcosBurial — ailene bunuan (@AileneBunuan) August 14, 2016

 

Millennial Loyalist Here #MarcosBurial #MarcosPaRin #Loyalist #MarcosIsAHERO — The Arcee Guimbal (@TheLegalPotatoe) August 12, 2016 

 

FERDINAND MARCOS (Dictator) is better than AQUINO's (Traitor). #MarcosBurial #MarcosPaRin #Bayani — Maria Dianne Thrive (@m_thrive) August 10, 2016 @sandromarcos7 Can't wait for the burial of Former Pres. Marcos! The Nation Builder. I'm hoping for a peace burial. #marcosparin — Lovely Rizza Soloria (@zarri19) August 10, 2016 

 

Let #mypresident rest! #bbm #libinganngmgabayani #marcosparin — Joanna Sami Buquing (@joannasami) August 9, 2016

 

Balita ko konti lang pumunta dun sa Luneta para sa kampanyang #MarcosIsNotAHero Kaya dinaan na lang sa trending... https://t.co/FvErq2zVrG — Jomz Malaya (@joeromaramores) August 14, 2016

 

Looking through these tweets, the arguments appear to be hinged on Marcos supposedly being a better leader for the Philippines than the late Ninoy Aquino; that Marcos has done a lot for the nation with one post tagging him a "nation builder"; and general anti-Aquino notions.

Under the hashtags, there was no definitive pro-Marcos tweet that got considerable Twitter approval.

More pro-Marcos tweets can be found under "#MarcosPaRin," which had already been in use before the Luneta protest but slightly recorded more activity than usual during the rally.

#MarcosPaRin:

Sigurado ba kayo na Bayani lahat ng nakalibing sa Libingan ng mga Bayani? meron din mga traydor sa bayan na nakalibing diyan #MARCOSPARIN — Drei♕ (@TheDreiG) August 15, 2016 

 

ang tunay na magnanakaw sa bansa pinoy nasan ang pera ng yolanda? #marcos #marcosparin pic.twitter.com/OdiMnQgdZX — Martial Law (@PopoyLucas) August 15, 2016

 

#bayani #ninoyfakehero #marcosparin pic.twitter.com/CBD6KepYxH — Martial Law (@PopoyLucas) August 15, 2016 

 

On Twitter at least, the pro-Marcos camp appears to be in the minority. – Rappler.com

Gelo Gonzales

Gelo Gonzales is Rappler’s technology editor. He covers consumer electronics, social media, emerging tech, and video games.

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