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Philippine Presidential Candidates Ranked by Social Media Followers




With the 2016 Philippine Presidential Elections fast approaching, the candidates are already ramping up their campaigns, utilizing every tool they have in their arsenal including social media. For this article, we’re going to rank the presidentiables based on their followers on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Author’s note: The number of Likes and Followers are based on the data available at the time of writing and may change over time.

Facebook Total Page Likes

1. Miriam Defensor Santiago3,395,979
2. Jejomar Binay2,254,897
3. Grace Poe2,224,213
4. Rodrigo Duterte1,758,849
5. Mar Roxas1,345,825

Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago leads the pack in terms of Facebook reach with almost 3.4 million likes. Vice President Jejomar Binay and Senator Grace Poe have close reach with over 2.2 million Likes each.

Twitter Followers

1. Miriam Defensor Santiago (@senmiriam) – 2.41M
2. Mar Roxas (@MARoxas) – 592K
3. Jejomar Binay (@VPJojoBinay) – 307K
4. Grace Poe (@SenGracePOE) – 74.7K
5. Rodrigo Duterte (@RRD_Davao) – 28.4K

Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago once again is the leader when it comes to social media by dominating Twitter as well with 2.41 million followers. Liberal Party standard-bearer Mar Roxas is at number 2 but far behind with almost 600K followers.

Instagram Followers

1. Grace Poe (@sengracepoe) – 71.8K
2. Miriam Defensor Santiago (@iamsenmiriam) – 27.3K
Rodrigo Duterte – N/A
Jejomar Binay – N/A
Mar Roxas – N/A

Senator Grace Poe leads Instagram among the candidates with 71.8K Followers, followed by Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago at 27.3K. The rest of the candidates, on the other hand, are not on the popular online mobile photo and video sharing service.



This article was written by Louie Diangson, Managing Editor of YugaTech. You can follow him at @John_Louie.

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13 Responses

  1. Sean says:

    Pwde bang #PHDontVoteBinay

  2. Mike says:

    You do know social media presence makes no difference in the presidential race as majority of voters live below the poverty line and have no access to potable water and food much more the internet.

    • JessPH says:

      That is true. That is why Mariah Santiago is being utterly ridiculous everytime that she insists that her massive number of followers in Facebook could propel her to the presidency. She firmly believes that her illness would not matter since she can mount an effective presidential campaign just through social media. How foolish of her.

    • jesslopezph says:

      I mean Miriam (not Mariah)

      autocorrect fail :)

    • Zenphonetoo says:

      While it’s true that many of our countrymen live under those conditions, access to Facebook and the internet, get’s easier and easier. Three major Telco’s, every promo involving free FB, phones getting cheaper and cheaper, people using social media to find opportunities. I’m guilty of taking things for granted and subscribing to internet promo’s myself, such as the rest of the country.

  3. JessPH says:

    Paid trolls of political candidates are infesting social media. In the comments section of local news websites, the trolls of Duterte-Cayetano tandem and Martin Romualdez are the most notorious.

  4. Easy E says:

    Walang impact ang social media presence ng mga kandidato dahil marami ang walang access sa internet. Tama. Pero sa totoo, maraming botante ang mangmang kaya nalalagay sa pwesto ang bs/fs na politiko. Di ko maaatim na maging pangulo si Binay

  5. Jack says:

    This just shows how inconsequential social media is.

  6. Wishqlang says:

    Wala akong mapili, #DeadmaAfterElectedMgaYan

  7. Emerson says:

    Hi Yugatech, please also post rank nila sa Google Trends. May graph and time frame pa dun. Mas hindi biased.

    https://www.google.com/trends

  8. pepeng says:

    HEY. I think one important aspect that you did not highlight is whether their social media following was earned organically or not. Binay comes up with sponsored updates every now and then so technically he is paying to reach more people. Also. you said you’re ranking them based on social media followers but you are only looking at their official channels. What if i have 1m followers on my official FB page, 800,000 on another page created by my supporters and another 900,000 on a 3rd page—aren’t all of these numbers legitimate?

  9. J says:

    This is a useless statistic. People clicking like on the fan page doesnt mean theyre votingbforthe candidae. In fact if you visit the fan page of Mar Roxas and Binay many of the people there post stuff against that candidate!

  10. OTOT says:

    Ang reality hindi nadadala paramihan ng followers ang isang kandidato. Napapalitan lang ang mga tao sa gobyerno pero ang pamamalakad halos pare pareho lang. Halos nagkakataluhan lang kung sino mas malaki mangurakot. Sa mga TAPAT magtrabaho sa gobyerno saludo ako sa inyo. Sa mga KURAKOT mahiya naman kayo sa aming mga mahihirap (yan eh kung tinatablan pa kayo ng hiya).

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