Bro. Eli Soriano’s tweets since last Monday opposing a Catholic Cardinal’s call for the incumbent Philippine president to resign his post has beaten the odds for keeping its position in the Philippines Trends for three consecutive days. As of 3:30 a.m. of February 18 (PHT), the hashtag #NoynoyPaRin remains at No. 3.
It will be recalled that retired Cebu Archbishop Ricardo Cardinal Vidal and other members of the National Transformation Council reportedly called for President Benigno Aquino III to step down, following what the bishops’ believe the “mishandling” of the Mamasapano incident was the Chief Executive’s fault. Vidal later on flipflops on this call.
Sensing the implication of an ouster could spell further trouble for a nation still grappling with poverty, corruption and peace and order, Bro. Eli, whose @BroEliSoriano account on Twitter has more than 69,400 followers, tweeted his sentiments on Monday. Here was his first:
“Pinagreresign pala ng cardinal ang Pangulong Aquino. Sana ‘wag siyang magresign (The cardinal is asking President Aquino to resign. Hopefully he doesn’t)! I believe he is an honest person.”
Pinagreresign pala ng cardinal ang Pangulong Aquino! sana wag siyang magresign! I believe he is an honest person.
— Brother Eli Soriano (@BroEliSoriano) February 15, 2015
He defended the President that no Chief Executive would want his soldiers or policemen get killed.
Bro. Eli believes the blame game need to stop and people should help him instead.
Sa mga kapatweets: let our opinion be heard! #Noynoyparin ! di tayo aapihin ni P Noynoy.
— Brother Eli Soriano (@BroEliSoriano) February 16, 2015
It appeared a bit surprising for Bro. Eli why an honest government would be contradicted by none other than one of the high-ranking Catholic rector, thus he called on his followers on Twitter to support and back PNoy.
This is why the international evangelist wondered who then will take charge when the president resigns? “Saka sino ang papalit? Si Cardinal (And who is going to take his place? The cardinal!)? Come on!”
Trending Till Second Day
For more than eight hours that the hashtag #NoynoyPaRin was trending on Monday, media networks started picking up the call of the Ang Dating Daan (The Old Path) host on Twitter to spare their time to tweet in support of the President as against those calling for his resignation.
According to the most sensible televangelist, those plotting for the President’s ouster should allow PNoy to complete his term of Officeuntil 2016 since he was elected by the majority of the Filipino people in 2016.
Let us tweet & retweet our support for a President mandated by the Constitution and the majority of Filipinos to lead the nation! — Brother Eli Soriano (@BroEliSoriano) February 16, 2015
On Tuesday morning, the second day of the #NoynoyPaRin campaign, Bro. Eli tweeted to his Twitter followers that the minds behind the plot to oust the President of the Republic of the Philippines are sure enemies of the Bible.
Bro. Soriano tweeted that the Vice President — who will take the place of Aquino should the latter step down before his term is consumed — can await for the 2016 National Elections. “Let us pray for his (Vice President Jejomar Binay) health!”
Malacañang Welcomes the Popularity of #NoynoyPaRin
Inquirer Online reported an official statement from The Palace through Secretary Herminio “Sonny” Coloma Jr welcoming the hashtag trend, saying the expression of people’s sentiment is “part of a healthy democracy.”
The basis of democracy is the trust of the people to the incumbent leader, according to Coloma. He pointed out through social media, the people can now voice their views that the media only once has the power to popularize.
“Pwedeng mag-trending ‘yung idea nila, pwede itong malaman ng libu-libo, kahit milyung-milyong mga tao dahil sa umiiral na democratic space(Their idea can trend. It can be known by thousands of people, even millions, because of the prevailing democratic space.),” Coloma said.
For his part, Bro. Eli Soriano has always expressed high trust in the governance of President PNoy, even offering the Chief Executive a free airtime on air through media network UNTV to open a show called “The President’s Hour” to further make the President more accessible to the constituents that he is serving.