As you may already know, hundreds of Trump supporters seized the US Capitol building in Washington, DC Wednesday afternoon (early Thursday, Manila time), while their representatives were in the midst of certifying electoral college votes from the November elections. With lawmakers herded to safety, the largely ceremonial task of officially declaring Joe Biden as the next US President was disrupted and had to be postponed for several hours. Videos of the pro-Trump mob breaking windows of the Capitol building and law enforcers using teargas to push them back have been making the rounds on social media.
What wasn’t immediately apparent was that there were Filipinos who joined the mob. According to Philippine Ambassador to the US Jose Manuel Romualdez, many Filipinos from different parts of America took part in the protest in support of President Trump.
“Ang balita namin merong mga iba na Trump supporters and nakita namin galing din sa ibang states dito sa Amerika, pero hindi namin sigurado kung ilan sila,” the ambassador told “Unang Balita”.
As soon as news about this reached Philippine-based Pinoys, they were quick to react on Twitter. Here are some of what they had to say about the situation and the participation of some US-based Filipinos:
Anti-abortion ang stand ng mga yan kasi Katoliko Sarado. Iyon lang ang ipinaglalaban nila at kinalimutan lahat ng iba pang kagaguhan ni Trump. At kahit ano pang sabihin sa mga ganyan, basta kakapit sila sa kahit sinong kaaama ang anti-abortion sa plataporma.