#DEARPRESIDENTDIGONG. Messages for Rodrigo Duterte flooded Twitter on Thursday, May 12. Photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler
MANILA, Philippines – With Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte's victory in the presidential race crystal clear, social media users began tweeting their expectations and wishes for him on Thursday, May 12.
#DearPresidentDigong trended on Twitter in the Philippines, with netizens using the hashtag to send messages addressed to Duterte.
Duterte's supporters, who are very active on social media, cannot wait for what's to come.
What people are probably looking forward to the most is the fulfillment of Duterte's most famous campaign promise: to suppress crime, drugs, and corruption in government in just 3 to 6 months. (READ: Duterte bares details of 3-to-6 month anti-crime plan)
Some asked for the reinstatement of the death penalty.
Others appealed to Duterte to make Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago a presidential adviser or a member of his Cabinet. Santiago is set to finish last in the presidential elections.
Duterte has been vocal about his admiration for "the iron lady of the Philippines." During the presidential debates, netizens created a tandem featuring both of them called "DuRiam."
Meanwhile, non-smokers are looking forward to never inhaling the smell of smoke again.
His supporters from Davao also expressed how much they will miss their "father" and how they wish the rest of the country will accept him the way they do.
Over 15 million voters – at least based on 95% transmission of votes – believe Duterte can make the country better.
But of course, it's not just up to one person. We must all be part of the solution.
See other messages for Duterte here:
In recent months, social media has been an avenue for supporters to cheer on their candidates. The exchanges have sometimes gotten out of hand, causing misunderstandings between passionate voters who are friends. As the elections end, will the arguments end?