Filipina in Bangkok stands firm in support for Duterte amid FB warning


BANGKOK: An OFW in Bangkok and a staunch supporter of Duterte has stood firm in her advocacy amid Facebook warning that she won’t be able to access her account under the name ‘Rise Pilipino’ if the giant social network’s investigation proved that the account she’s representing is not of a real person.

Hedda, a Filipina teacher in an international school in Bangkok, regularly posts political commentaries over Facebook under the account ‘Rise Pilipino’ in support of President Rodrigo Duterte’s initiated agenda and laws in the country.

In a post  on Monday, April 3, instead of feeling depressed or disappointed, Hedda expressed her excitement over the reporting incident, saying that the ‘Rise Pilipino’ community has made an “impact on the enemies’ propaganda”. “Perhaps we are denting some of their goals,” she added.

“We are taking ‘Rise Pilipino’ to the next level,” Hedda said in the live video statement posted on Facebook. “We are going to continue with raising awareness among each other, we are going to continue with sharing information,” she continued.

Hedda vowed to find ways to continue the conversation with her followers if the closing happens. “We are going to find another platform to do this, we will make it even bigger and we are going to make more noise!” she mentioned.

Just recently, Hedda also started a petition addressed to Time Magazine via calling for responsible journalism following alleged ‘biased’ reporting on President Duterte’s bloody crackdown on drugs in the Philippines.

“The reason why we are doing this is because we feel that we are needed in nation building. We need to continue sharing ideas and raising awareness about what’s going on in our country as well as to initiate projects that really impact in terms of the grassroots of the country that we love — the Philippines” Hedda said in the video.

Towards the end of the post, Hedda encouraged her Filipino viewers to rise up because nation building lies in each of the Filipino citizen who is also needed by President Duterte.

Watch the full post below:

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Lorenzo is a full time English Language Teacher to high school students in Phitsanulok. He reads and travels for self-enrichment. He also writes at where he shares his struggles and joys of being a teacher in Thailand for almost a decade now.