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Filipino X (Twitter) user criticizes activism in the Philippines, sparks online debate

Due to the recent events brought about by the commemoration of Labor Day 2024 in the Philippines, talks of socioeconomic issues, activism, and politics have taken over social media these past few days. Many Filipinos called out those who feel indifference toward what is going on in the country to touch some grass.

A user took to X (formerly known as Twitter) his thoughts on how politics is associated with statistics, stating success often depends on having sufficient support, whether it’s for boycotts or legislative initiatives.

tweet about activism
via X

One responder shared their ‘hot take’ on activism in the Philippines, deeming it ‘outdated’ compared to how other countries approach the movement.

tweet about activism
via X

In the Philippines, ‘tibak’ is a colloquial term for activists.

The reply garnered a plethora of side comments, with some probing the user what they meant by ‘innovation.’

comments about activism
via X

Other users have quote-retweeted the responder’s reply and informed them of the different ways activism is done in the country as organizations adapt their methods to society’s make-up, culture, and even trends. The user is also reminded of how brutal and inhuman some activists are treated for simply standing up for their rights, referencing the peaceful protest that happened in the US embassy where 6 protesters were arrested illegally.

A user quote-retweeted and asked, “Are our efforts not enough?”

activists side 1
via X

Many users disagree with assertion about the style of activism among Filipinos.

activists side 2

activists side 2
via X

While activism in the Philippines has a history of being maligned, it’s important to acknowledge that most of the time, activists direct their movement to bring light to significant causes and national issues, and are mostly carried out only as needed.


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