Fanaticism: Duterte supporters fell for ‘gullible’ posts

Christian Imperio - Philstar.com
Fanaticism: Duterte supporters fell for âgullibleâ posts

In this Nov. 9, 2016 file photo, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, center, arrives for a meeting with Philippine community at a hotel in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It's been a remarkably turbulent first year for Duterte, whose war on drug has left thousands of suspects dead and prompted critics to call his rule a "human rights calamity." AP Photo/Vincent Thian, File

MANILA, Philippines – Amid the proliferation of fake news, an online experiment revealed how supporters of President Rodrigo Duterte tend to react online.

In a now viral post, a certain Janjan Gonzales came up with a social media experiment involving the supporters’ knee-jerk reaction to online contents highlighting the Duterte administration.

On his first experiment, Gonzales wanted to know if the staunch supporters of the president would react differently if asked if they’re “credulous to Duterte.”

Surprisingly, members of the group have agreed quite instantly, without realizing that credulous means gullible or a person who can easily be deceived.

A screengrab of Gonzales’ post showed that almost all of the members have commented, “yes” while others praised Duterte and his administration.

Others, however, took the opportunity to criticize and blame the Liberal Party for what appears to be a ‘positive’ result for them.

In a different post, Gonzales shared a 2017 Impunity Index infographic of Philstar.com, showing the Philippines on top spot with 75.6 points.

Along with the impunity index was Gonzales’ sarcastic remark on Duterte, to which tested if members would notice the meaning of impunity – but they didn’t and instead, seemed to agree that Duterte should be commended for the country’s high score on the impunity index.

Meanwhile, another netizen who goes by the name of Joshvic Castillo commented on Gonzales’ post, saying that his own experiment got similar responses from the supporters of the president.

By asking if they are willing to fight for Duterte until death, majority of the members gave their swift approval.

While majority of the supporters responded positively to Gonzales’ post, others, however, admitted that they were tricked by revealing to their fellow members the meaning of credulous and impunity.

As Gonzales’ posts continue to make rounds on social media, he shared that the experiment revealed that a good number of Duterte’s supporters tend to fall prey to fake news or believe any content showing the president.

“I tried to infiltrate DDS PAGES like Team Duterte for Federalism. I found out na marami talagang uto-uto at tanga sa kanila,” Gonzales said.

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