Senator Bong Go trended on Twitter after he admitted to asking the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to investigate social media posts critical of him.
“We wrote letters to the NBI requesting them to conduct investigations on certain social media posts that may fall under possible violations of the cybercrime law, particularly libel, and other applicable laws,” Go said on Thursday, July 16.
The NBI obeyed Go’s appeal and sent several subpoenas to people nationwide. One of the recipients was a college student which was confirmed by the NBI Cybercrime Division.
A day after the senator’s revelation, #TanginaMoBongGo was number one on Twitter’s trending list.
Netizens went after Go and the NBI.
— 🌈🏳️🌈 rat poison (Full Moon Remastered) (@johncarlo0102) July 16, 2020
— 🤡🎪STAN KATY PERRY AND OTHER POP GURLIES!!! 🎪🤡 (@katyperriat) July 16, 2020
Tatakbo-takbo ka for public office tapos kapag binatikos ka publicly magrereklamo ka. #TanginaMoBongGo
— Creatives of Manila (@CreativesOfMNL) July 17, 2020
— yue (@_xeudeath) July 16, 2020
Come and get me NBA #TanginaMoBongGo
— mark geronimo (@markgeronimo_) July 17, 2020
— KikoMatsing (@KikoMat99816691) July 17, 2020
— Skyler Pressman (@skylerpressman3) July 16, 2020
— ƬΣD 🌑 (@duckyoohyeon) July 16, 2020
— ルウィ (@loullipap) July 17, 2020
Others used the hashtag repeatedly in a single tweet to make it trend even more while pretending to defend Go.
Oh nooo. #TanginaMoBongGo is spreading. Nakaka-worry to see #TanginaMoBongGo on my Twitter feed. #TanginaMoBongGo sounds harsh. Can't we educate ibstead of spreading #TanginaMoBongGo? Yung iba magkakasunod nag-post parang#TanginaMoBongGo#TanginaMoBongGo#TanginaMoBongGo
— Eldin Christian Lao (@Christianomics) July 16, 2020
Why is #TanginaMoBongGo trending? Are you guys aware that #TanginaMoBongGo is bad. Stop trending #TanginaMoBongGo. Whatever it is, #TanginaMoBongGo is too much. I hope #TanginaMoBongGo trend subside. Again, stop #TanginaMoBongGo tweets.
— Amylo (@Amylopectin_) July 16, 2020
kung sino man nagsimula ng hashtag na #TanginaMoBongGo, sana makonsensya ka! sa mga nagttweet ng #TanginaMoBongGo, itigil niyo na yan! wag niyo nang ipatrend ang #TanginaMoBongGo, pls! andaming masamang nangyayari sa buhay niya, dinagdagan niyo pa ng #TanginaMoBongGo!!! pic.twitter.com/0VWTmyrqcV
— morbidda destiny (@rearidinghood) July 16, 2020
— Von (@Vontifex) July 16, 2020
Even K-pop fans joined in tweeting the hashtag.
— ᜎᜎ̊ᜐ #HYLT #SOTY (@KnightofBP) July 16, 2020
— pastel 🍊 STREAM WHY NOT (@peachfrostings) July 16, 2020
— 꽃보다석화 (@nekoshinwon) July 16, 2020
— joem 💫 #ALLOUT (@binunjing) July 16, 2020
Netizens, through memes, also pointed out how other public servants didn’t even request a probe on their critics in spite of being on the receiving end of heavy criticisms.
— neth (@ssedily) July 16, 2020
— Kian (@kiamoy028) July 17, 2020