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Netizens clap back at DDS claiming critics ‘worship’ VP Leni Robredo

Isn’t it the other way around, with DDS actually worshipping President Duterte?

President Rodrigo Duterte has been regarded by his ardent followers, the Duterte Diehard Supporters or DDS, as some sort of messiah.

However, it appears the DDS do not take kindly to other messianic figures other than their beloved president.

Hordes of comments and tweets have come out from known DDS accounts saying people who praise Vice President Leni Robredo for her work during the pandemic and the past typhoons are “worshipping her”.

Netizens have clapped back at this article from Rappler’s Opinion editor Marguerite De Leon, along with this tweet. In both the article and the tweet, De Leon advises netizens against “Leni worship” and pinning the country’s hopes on one person.

Reactions have come fast over the weekend after Rappler published the think piece. Majority of netizens say they do not “worship” Robredo the same way DDS worship Duterte like an almighty savior.

Those who have praised the Vice President’s efforts have stressed that it is something praise-worthy—but not on par with “hero worship”.

It has even drawn comparisons to a voter who supposedly caught a handkerchief which Duterte used to wipe his face with—a la Black Nazarene.

Some netizens also pointed out that although Robredo subsequently releases photos of herself during relief operations, Robredo’s camp says it is all for transparency.

A netizen has even pointed out how DDS and media outlets supportive of the President go gaga over any photo of Duterte being “down to earth” or “approachable”.

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Some netizens have also raised questions on De Leon’s opinion article on Rappler, saying it was borderline DDS. One netizen has even said the article “gave ammo” to the President’s supporters.

While it hasn’t appeared on Twitter, posts on Facebook have seen its fair share of commenters saying the Dilawans—supporters of the Liberal Party under which Robredo ran as a candidate for in 2016–are worshipping the Vice President.

There are, of course, netizens who have read the article and have agreed with De Leon.

The article itself never mentioned worshipping Robredo, though it did raise good points: Filipinos have recently voted for someone out of some form of “we need a savior” complex.

Benigno Aquino III won the 2010 Presidential elections after his mother, the late Corazon Aquino, passed away just before the campaign period.

Duterte himself won because Filipinos saw him as a “savior” from traditional politicians he ran against in 2016.


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