It's official: Manuel "Mar" Roxas will be the standard-bearer of the ruling Liberal Party for next year's Presidential Elections.
After months of plain stalling deliberation, President Noynoy Aquino has finally endorsed the Interior and Local Government Secretary in front of family, friends, LP allies and supporters at the Club Filipino in San Juan. The head of state explained that he chose Mar as his preferred successor because he believes that the latter will carry on with his current "Daang Matuwid" ideology.
And while the congregation reveled with the announcement, the whole Twitterverse also made sure it was heard.
A different Mar Roxas today. More human. Buo ang loob. Whoever wrote his speech - I would have to say, effective, short & clear— Karen Davila (@iamkarendavila) July 31, 2015
Although not all were enthusiastic with the development, especially because of one glaring factor.
Tricky to prove but true: Mar Roxas will never be President because of Korina Sanchez— Richard Bolisay (@richardbolisay) July 31, 2015
That moment when you realize that if Mar Roxas gets voted as President, Korina Sanchez will be the First Lady. #napaisiptuloy— Karlo Guevarra (@kpguevarra) July 31, 2015
I hear some people say they like Mar Roxas but they're not that much into his future First Lady.— Professional Heckler (@HecklerForever) July 30, 2015
As usual, parody sites were at it again.
Mar Roxas is your annoying high school classmate who nobody likes yet volunteers to be everything: class mayor, team leader, club president.— baklang introvert. (@janalburp) July 31, 2015
Imagine Mar Roxas doing a Korinaenae. Would you still vote for him?— Dr. Jose P. Rizal (@tweetnirizal) July 31, 2015
Dios Mio! Baka pag nanalo 'tong si Mar Roxas maging limang oras na time slot ng Rated K. No! No! Very wrong! 😱— Senyora Santibañez (@Senyora) July 31, 2015
Hindi po kami threatened kay Sec. Mar Roxas at Korina. Kami po namimigay ng rosaryo, cell phone atbp. Walang wala po ang tsinelas nila— Nancy B (@IamNancyBinay) July 31, 2015
The announcement also sparked the trending topic, #PagNanaloSiMar:
#PagNanaloSiMar ILILIPAT NA ANG "RATED K" SA PRIMETIMEBIDA.— The Carlords™ (@TheCarlosaurus) July 31, 2015
#PagNanaloSiMar Ipanema and Havaianas na ang tsinelas na ipamimigay ni Korina. ✨— Kaloy (@fernanthehuman) July 31, 2015
#PagNanaloSiMar ipapatanggal na daw KMJS— Senyora Santibañez (@Senyora) July 31, 2015
Mar's name landing among the top Twitter trending topics made this particular pronouncement seem like a very big deal. Or have people become overly immersed with social media that everyone are required to have their two cents on anything that moves? Bottom line is, we'll just have to see if this social media traffic will translate to actual votes come May 2016.
We just hope he doesn't follow up on "trying hard" stuff like this:
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