I ask my fellow tweeps to help me push for greater recognition of the politics of change that PH badly needs.
Terms you wish would start trending on Twitter right now?
What’s the most interesting connection you’ve made through Twitter?
When I was bullied by @noynoyaquino’s tirades back in 2012, my tweets-for-tat exposed their poor human rights record to millions of Pinoys.
Hashtag you created that you wish everyone used?
#IbaNaman – the Filipino phrase that means “different for a change.” PH deserves someone different from the usual corrupt for a change.
What inspires you to tweet?
They who have always moved me to move others – the tillers who feed us, the workers who build our economy – the toiling Filipino masses.
Ever get called out for tweeting too much?
Not yet. But I don’t think there’s such a thing as too much tweeting for change. Every RT for meaningful advocacies count.
140 characters of advice for a new user?
Make every tweet a tweet for others. The world needs more calls to action than gibberish.
How do you imagine Twitter changing?
We earnestly hope that Twitter evolves further as an accessible tool to build a more responsive and truly equitable democracy.
Who do you admire most for his or her use of Twitter?
I hold in high esteem my friend and colleague @tonyocruz
for trailblazing the Art of Twitter as a tool for social change in PH.
Who is the funniest person on Twitter that you follow?
I always find @teddyboylocsin’s biting wit and, at times, bluntness a refreshing break from our daily dose of grim tweets about PH issues.
What is one of the biggest misconceptions of Twitter?
Twitter is not itself the instrument for active democracy. Rather, it is the real people who chose to utilize it for action in real life.
Why should people follow you?
I have consistently given voice to the marginalized and oppressed both in and out of the halls of Congress. It’s high time we hear them out.
Can you name some one-of-a-kind Twitter accounts that you follow?
to keep track of news on oil prices, one of my main advocacies. I also follow @TEDTalks
for interesting tech and social trends.
How do you decide what to tweet?
Twitter should be a venue for change. I make it a point to tweet about important & especially under-reported social issues in PH.
How do you use social media to motivate yourself or others to live a healthier life?
My run for the Senate this 2013 is literally a run. Hope it reminds people to stay fit and hard working. Watch this – http://ht.ly/gLuhA
Why’d you start tweeting?
I went on Twitter to engage constituents and fellow change makers online. It really is an effective venue to spread the politics of change.
How will the world change in the next year?
The way it has always changed throughout history – through a worldwide upsurge. The people united shall never be defeated!
What will the world be like 10 years from now?
Hopefully we will have made ripples of social change in the Senate after 10 years. Otherwise we will have made ripples outside of it anyway.