After Attorney Chel Diokno announced that he will be running for a senatorial position in the upcoming 2022 elections, support came flooding in on social media, including from one particular celebrity: Vice Ganda.
Yes, tatakbo ulit ako sa Senado. Napakaraming bagay ang hindi patas dito sa atin—sa batas, sa ekonomiya, sa mga patakaran sa COVID. Gawin nating mas makatarungan ang buhay ng mga Pilipino. https://t.co/TblCMrM7Ao
— Chel Diokno (@ChelDiokno) September 15, 2021
A simple tweet
After retweeting Chel Diokno’s tweet confirming his candidacy plans, Vice Ganda posted a simple tweet in excitement:
CHEL DIOKNO FOR SENATOR
— jose marie viceral (@vicegandako) September 15, 2021
And a Tiktok video
The comedian also posted a short Tiktok video of him repeatedly saying Chel Diokno’s name. While the video was only captioned with Chel Diokno’s name, many believe it was to show support for his candidacy as well.
On national TV
This is a clear endorsement of Chel Diokno. #ChelLang #ChelSaSenado #ShowtimeAllPollYou pic.twitter.com/G4BRDbC4EJ
— Banash Daily #RegisterToVote (@BIENsays) September 16, 2021
In the most recent episode of It’s Showtime, Vice Ganda also got to mention the lawyer’s name, saying how his favorite name is ‘Chel’ because of his favorite attorney Chel Diokno and how ‘galing’ and ‘mahusay’ Diokno is.
Is it a plot twist?
Vice Ganda endorsing Chel Diokno is the biggest plot twist I’ve never expected
— alexcerado (@alexcerado) September 15, 2021
Hmmm. Vice Ganda is endorsing @ChelDiokno What happened here? https://t.co/gkGw64QHqH
— Raissa Robles (@raissawriter) September 15, 2021
Some netizens seem to be surprised by this show of support from the comedian. But Vice Ganda has actually done this before.
Not the first time
Back in 2019, Vice Ganda had already shown support for Chel Diokno’s run for the senate. “Matalino, magaling, at matino” is how he described the human rights lawyer.
Matalino, magaling at MATINO si CHEL DIOKNO. Iboboto ko sya para sa lahat ng Madlang People na naghahangad ng bansang may hustisya. Sana maisama nyo rin sya sa iboboto nyong 12.
— jose marie viceral (@vicegandako) May 9, 2019
Netizens are happy
Many netizens have been eagerly awaiting their 2022 bets to announce their candidacy plans, and Chel Diokno’s announcement was met with joy. And this support from Vice Ganda is equally as welcomed, as many believe that he is able to reach more members of the masses with how huge the comedian’s platform is.
Vice Ganda was a supporter of Chel before, and yung endorsement niya and how he’s very vocal abt it, including the social commentaries sa It’s Showtime, these are welcome gestures. Marami na ang namulat at ginagamit ang platforms nila for change.
— Mr.BrOllie Luneta-Park. (Olli Luneta) (@OlliDomz) September 16, 2021
TELL ME HOW FUCKING MUCH WOULD IT COST DIOKNO FOR VICE GANDA’s “CHEL DIOKNO”
the fucccc!! three syllables????? https://t.co/hHoMPGIi6i
— ً (@kentxbryan) September 15, 2021
Vice Ganda doing the most with another Chel Diokno recommendation That is how you use your platform well, Toni Gonzaga.
Plus the Vhong Navarro swipe at the end “Vhong gising gising tayo” pic.twitter.com/WguZhRCiIC
— Nicol (@nikowl) September 16, 2021
Other celebs too, please
grabe yung reach ni vice ganda ‘no? their mere mention of chel diokno on their social media was enough to generate a ton of organic engagement.
i hope other celebs and influencers (whether big-time or micro) follow suit. #ChelDioknoForSenator
— / Chel Diokno for Senator (@niconeue) September 15, 2021
With this huge reach and engagement generated by a popular personality like Vice Ganda, netizens are also hoping other celebrities would step up and use their platforms for a better Philippines starting in 2022.
If you haven’t yet…
Register to vote! We’ve been repeating this practically every day, but you’ve only got a few weeks left before voter registration ends, so line up and sign up before then. Make sure your voice is heard in the 2022 elections and exercise your right to vote!