'Annoying chime,' drama, well wishes in proclamation

With no Rodrigo Duterte in sight, how eventful was the proclamation of the Philippines' new president and vice president? Here's a look.

Rappler Social Media Team

Published: 12:35 PM May 30, 2016

Updated: 12:35 PM May 30, 2016

MANILA, Philippines – Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte and Camarines Sur 3rd District Representative Leni Robredo were officially proclaimed as president-elect and vice president-elect of the Republic of the Philippines on Monday, May 30.

Never quiet on social media, Filipinos also proclaimed their sentiments on #ProclamationDay by sharing their thoughts online.

Rappler's Social Media Team compiled some of these "proclamations" – the funny, the serious, the in-between. Scroll down and take a look!

'Batasang Pambansa Department Store'

Because some lawmakers took their own sweet time and arrived late at the session hall, the alarm or chime had to be played on repeat to signal that session was about to begin. Talk about disrupting a historic moment – and turning the House of Representatives into a pseudo-department store, as one netizen put it.

Ang lakas maka-department store nung "background music" sa Batasang Pambansa. — LJ Abadinas (@ljabadinas) May 30, 2016

Did you hear the chime, too? On a rate of one to "make it stop," how annoying was it for you? 


Social media users had mixed reactions to Duterte's decision to skip his own proclamation. He earlier said that he thinks the ceremony is "corny".

I hope Duterte attended the proclamation, at least, for the sake of those 16M people who voted for him. Respect and gratitude. — Neil Baquiran (@tahoboi) May 30, 2016 Okay na rin na di umattend si Mr. Duterte sa proclamation. Not fond of him and his speeches naman so, good decision. — ac.alba (@acalba1) May 30, 2016 No, I do not consider it a slap to my face that Duterte did not attend proclamation. What for? To shake the hands of pork barrel recipients? — Ella (@Ellamae01) May 30, 2016 If they'd held the proclamation at 3am, Duterte would have been able to come — Trefor Moss (@Trefor1) May 30, 2016 Shempre sa diehard Duterte fans nothing wrong w him being absent from his own proclamation. Choice nya yun e. Which is precisely the point. — Nk. (@dailygasms) May 30, 2016 Tama si Duterte eh, Proclamation lang aabutin pa ng buong maghapon magtrabaho nlng siya db? #DU30 — Seph (@njetesor) May 30, 2016

'Isang bagsak para kay Leni'

With the president-elect skipping the proclamation, all eyes were definitely on the vice president-elect.

As soon as she arrived, Robredo's colleagues and other well-wishers congratulated her for her victory over Senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr.

The crowd at the Batasang Pambansa also erupted in applause whenever Senator Aquilino Pimentel III, chair of the Senate panel in the joint canvassing committee, mentioned Robredo's name.

When the house of representatives clapped for @lenirobredo!!! I love you VP! My heart is so happy!! — Ali Gacho (@aliiiruth) May 30, 2016

A bit of drama

It wasn't all good vibes, however. Northern Samar Representative Harlin Abayon interrupted the session, saying that his name was not called during the roll call. (Abayon was recently involved in his own political and legal battle.) The House sergeant-at-arms was eventually instructed to escort Abayon out of the session hall.

WATCH: Rep. Harlin Abayon of N Samar protests for not being called during Congress roll call https://t.co/RxAg25y6JK https://t.co/NspdaEwZog — Rappler (@rapplerdotcom) May 30, 2016 Bakit nga ba hindi sya tinawag sa roll call? Na-OP tulo si N.Samar Rep Abayon. Wuw — peter khallil ferrer (@peterkhallil) May 30, 2016 Cong. Abayon makes the mistake of doing what he thinks is the right thing at a wrong timing. Bad judgement call. — fenrir (@warden3010) May 30, 2016 Abayon must be forgiven for what he did. He was only installed as rep on May 4, he wanted to be recognized, he only have a month left. — Al Frederick  (@alfrederick_) May 30, 2016 Hindi pala siya ung Congressman. Bakit sya andun? House Of Representatives drama #ProclamationDay — Xavier S. Padilla (@xavyniceday) May 30, 2016 Samar Rep Abayon... now for hire as "wedding stopper" get contact details. will be posted in every church. /city hall. — Aurora Pijuan (@aupijuan) May 30, 2016

Looking to the future

Ultimately, many still wished Duterte and Robredo well as they prepare to take on daunting challenges in the next 6 years. 

What do you think about the proclamation? Did we miss any more interesting social media posts? Share them in the comments below or write about them on X!

One last thing – how would you feel if Steve Harvey, who's behind the infamous Miss Universe 2015 mix-up, announced the winners?

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