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Fight Of The Century: #BBM4VP Versus #LabanLeni

One of the tightest races in the 2016 national elections have given birth to a big hashtag battle on Twitter
by Gelo Gonzales | May 10, 2016
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Twenty hours have passed since national polling precincts closed, after which, the counting of our votes immediately took place. 

Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte looks to seal the deal in what has been a whirlwind run to the presidency. We've come to terms with the fact that our senatorial slate remains a mixed bag of hits and misses, with the twelve-strong list ranging from sterling leaders (Gordon) and immovable tenants (Drilon), to boxers (Pacquiao) and law-women (De Lima). Alma Moreno (real name Vanessa Lacsamana) has the 24th spot with 2.2 million votes. The drama has passed in these races.


However, the same cannot be said about the vice presidential race. Here's a screen-cap of the partial and unofficial results as of 11:40 a.m. You can check out the live results here.

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It's tight. With just 10 percent of untallied numbers remaining and with Camarines Sur Representative Leni Robredo holding a 182,000-vote lead over Senator Bongbong Marcos, this is bound to be a photofinish.

Naturally, the close fight has drawn crowds. Robredo's supporters have banded under #LabanLeni while the Marcos loyalists have found social media solidarity under #BBM4VP. Below are a sample of the opinions and barbs you'll find from these hashtags:

Both camps have been sending their intentions to the skies above:

When tallying began, Marcos took the early lead and maintained it for a good amount of time. But Robredo had not been far behind. Slowly, her side of the blackboard started getting more chalk. At 4:20 a.m., ABS-CBN reported that Robredo finally overtook Marcos. 

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Team #BBM4VP rose up, with some of them crying foul.

The other camp has had some pretty entertaining reactions to the cheating claims.

The arguments went beyond the cheating accusations, such as this one: 

#LabanLeni counters:

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One key talking point amongst Bongbong supporters is that the son must not be judged by the deeds of his father: 

To which, the #LabanLeni supporters have an answer too: 

Before the day is over, all votes will have been tallied. In the meantime, we'll sit back and look at the ongoing battles between the Marcos and Robredo supporters on Twitter. Who'll come out on top? What will the supporters say when all's said and done? Keep checking out these trending hashtags to find out.


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