‘Silent majority’ not so silent anymore, thanks to social media – Palace

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President Benigno Aquino III. FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines – Is President Benigno Aquino III trending? Is he still liked by many?

Proving it is also tech-savvy, Malacañang has been using social networking sites to answer these questions and gauge the people’s sentiments on Aquino and the government.

Asked how Malacañang actually monitors the “pulse of the people,” especially the “silent majority,” Communications Secretary Herminio “Sonny” Coloma Jr. on Tuesday, said, “Sa kabutihang palad ay hindi naman ganu’n na ka-silent dahil sa meron tayong teknolohiya ngayon, nakakapagpahayag ang mga pangkaraniwang mga mamamayan sa isang paraan na hindi na dumaan sa filtering.”

(Fortunately they are not that silent anymore because we have the technology where ordinary citizens may express their opinions in a way that it would not be filtered.)

What people post on Twitter or Facebook show their real sentiments, he explained.

“Iyan ang isa sa mga pwedeng gawing batayan, pagkunan natin ng input o feedback,” he said.

(That is one of the ways we can get input or feedback.)

Coloma earlier said that the overall feedback on Charter change was “balanced” based on their monitoring.
Last week, INQUIRER.net asked for a copy of their social media survey on Charter change but was told by Coloma that they would need more time to gather enough or conclusive data.

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  • Russell Ariola

    Basta>> Grace Poe for President.
    Kahit sino sa Veep wag lang mga Binay na world class mangguyo!

  • komentoko

    ssshhhhh… Silence please. Mr. President is listening to the Boses.

    Are you afraid of no Ghost?

  • veronica castro

    Mr. PRESIDENT, pls. gising na kayo. yOUR NEGATIVE RATING/UNPOPULARITY is a result of gross negligence of your communication groups including your Media Bureau who takes everything sitting down so your rating goes down because they want somebody else in Malacanang. The mainstream media is conscious of this so instead of talking about your accomplishment they focus on undone things without measuring it against what you have already successfully accomplished. Read all what the columnist says in their column – incompetent, weak, walang ginagawa – ano ang sagot ng whiz man sa communications – humihingi kami ng paumanhim. lumalabas pa sa ilong. Iyong sinasabi nila lumalabas sa ilong nila, at ganito. Humihingi kami ng paumanhin,. etc. Bakit hihingi ka ng paumanhan hindi ka naman nagnanakaw. Congratulations Malacanag Commu and Media Bureau. talo talo na si PNOY ni BINAY.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1232111953 Juanito Memoracion Jr.

    We the netizens are the new voice of the BOSS of the government of the Philippines!

    We have a QUESTION that needs answer for ACTION!

    WHO WILL INITIATE THE SIGNATURE DRIVE?

    The clamor for “ONE MORE TERM FOR PNoy” is not automatic but subject for him to run again for re-election meaning PNoy can only have a second term if he will win the election but all these can only be possible if the Philippine Constitution is amended and to allow PNoy to run for President this coming 2016 Presidential Election.

    Under the initiative and referendum law, the signatures of at least 10 percent of registered voters nationwide, of which every legislative district must be represented by at least 3 percent of the registered voters, are needed for the “ONE MORE TERM FOR PNoy” initiative to succeed.

    Once the Commission on Elections certifies that enough signatures have been gathered, it will have to schedule a referendum not later than 90 days. If the initiative gets the approval of the majority of the voters, it will become a law.

    We the Filipino People have the power to amend our Constitution to give clearance to a proven good governance leadership of President Benigno NoyNoy Aquino III to run for re-election for we deserve to choose our leader wisely.

    The Filipino People are FREEDOM LOVING PEOPLE and they need FREEDOM to re-elect a GOOD PRESIDENT!

  • TuwadNaDaan

    maniwala ka dyan mga bayaran ang mga yan nang palasyo

    • Roger Chua

      O sige, since wala ka namang abidensiya, gawa din ako ng akin: BINAYaran ka rin!

  • im_earth

    whatever the bad info is not true at all.

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