MANILA, Philippines – As the Philippines await the next leaders of the country, supporters of vice presidential candidates Leni Robredo and Bongbong Marcos stayed up the night after the national elections to await results bringing hashtags like #LabanLeni and 'Martial Law Thingy' to trend on Tuesday, May 10.
On top of the discussion overnight was #LabanLeni. Laban is Filipino for fight.
STARTER PACK. Here is the #LabanLeni starter pack, according to a Twitter user.
While monitoring the unofficial and partial results, some Filipinos online used social media to post humurous tweets in an attempt to lighten up the mood during their intense wait.
Adding to the tension is the fact that the race is very tight. As of 3:08 am of May 10, Marcos and Robredo are both at 38.9% in total votes.
For some, mathematical skills were put to the test.
Want to join the fun? There is a #LabanLeni starter pack! It includes 1) reloading the Rappler results page multiple times, 2) a calculator, 3) a rosary for prayer, and 4) staying up late.
"Dasal lang. Dasal lang talaga” is an insider joke for Filipinos online. (Pray. Prayer is the key.) The phrase is from senatorial candidate Alma Moreno who used it as a response in one of her TV interviews.
Twitter users like Erica Esteban (@erecuh) did not only give up sleep but also her final term paper.
It’s all worth it though, according to Simone Dimalibot, for “a deserving Vice President"
“Tita Leni, lamangan mo na. Wala na kami sa laylayan. Nasa kanal na kami. Yung eyebags namin kasing itim na ng budhi ni Marcos," another Twitter user added. (Aunt Lenie, overtake him already. We’re not in the fringes anymore. We’re in the sewer. Our eyebags are as dark as Marcos’ soul")
Despite all this, Robredo’s supporters had high hopes that she will overtake Marcos in the end.
Which as of 3:29 am, she did.
Marcos' supporters haven't been quiet either.
"The Marcoses are nice. People just don't see it because of the Martial Law Thingy," said Twitter user @zappyband.
This triggered the phrase "Martial Law Thingy" to trend in the country.
A couple of Twitter users agreed with @zappyband wondering
On the other hand, a couple of Twitter users were appalled by the trend.