Philippine President Benigno Aquino started his Twitter activity on 21 September 2009 when he announced his running mate for the 2010 presidential elections.

President of Philippines Noynoy Aquino

“I am honored to have Senator Mar Roxas as my Vice Presidential running mate for 2010. We look forward to your support. Tuloy ang laban!” The campaign team tweeted short updates from his campaign stops but once elected the campaign account went silent and a new account @PresidentNoy was set up by his communications team to report about the activities of the president in English and in Tagalog. Since 21 June 2012 the @PresidentNoy account asks his 50,000 followers to “follow @noynoyaquino, the President's official Twitter account”, which is among the top five most followed accounts in Asia. Benigno Aquino never really engaged with his followers apart from inviting “graphic designers and artists to submit a design for our official avatar”. Ten percent of his tweets are retweets, mainly of other government accounts and he has only sent four @replies overall. The stream is dominated by updates from his Facebook page; infographics on the Philippine economy and foreign investments are among the rare contents shared directly on Twitter. @NoyNoyAquino is mutually following only one other world leader, namely Malaysia’s Prime Minister @NajibRazak.

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Noynoy Aquino


President of the Republic of the Philippines

Tweet analytics (as of November 2014)

Joined Twitter: 08/27/2009
Language: English
Status: Active
Tweets/day: 3.7
Retweets: 12%
Mentions/Tweet: 0.05
Replies/Tweet: 0
Tweets retweeted: 88%
Most mentioned @PTVph (16), @RTVMalacanang (13), @govph (11), @dswdserves (10), @DepEd_PH (10), @dost_pagasa (7), @noynoyaquino (7), @MMDA (6), @OPAPP_peace (6), @NajibRazak (4)

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Government of Philippines PCOO

The team managing the official account of the Presidential Communications Operations Office does not seem to have a clear Twitter strategy yet. The account, which made its debut on the microblogging platform on 31 August 2010 with a link to the official website, is linked to the PCOO Facebook page and most tweets contain information about President Aquino’s agenda and links to press briefings. Though, activity on Twitter is very rare and includes long periods of silence: only 744 tweets sent in almost three years. The @GovPH_PCOO account does not retweet, @mention or @reply and rarely uses hashtags.

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The Official Twitter Account of the Presidential Communications Operations Office of the Philippine Government

Peer connections (as of November 2014)

Tweet analytics (as of November 2014)

Joined Twitter: 07/30/2010
Language: English
Status: Active
Tweets/day: 0.5
Tweets retweeted: 21%
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Foreign Ministry of Philippines DFA Spokesperson

The Philippines Department of Foreign Affairs is on Twitter through its spokesperson, Raul Hernandez who sent his first tweet on 20 September 2012. @DFAspokesperson has been sending one tweet a day but rarely @mentions or @replies to other Twitter users. He is sharing pictures of meetings and handshakes of Foreign Minister Albert Ferreros del Rosario with other foreign leaders. His most retweeted tweet was sent after the Boston bombings on 16 April 2013 “So far, no Filipino casualties in the Boston bombings, but Consulate in NY continues to monitor with US authorities and Fil-am com leaders” The spokesperson doesn’t follow any peers, only following the Presidential Communications Operations Office and President @NoyNoyAquino.

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DFA Spokesperson


The Spokesperson of the Department of Foreign Affairs, Philippines. Visit for other official pronouncements.

Tweet analytics (as of November 2014)

Joined Twitter: 08/08/2012
Language: English
Status: Active
Tweets/day: 0.81
Retweets: 2%
Mentions/Tweet: 0.12
Replies/Tweet: 0.08
Tweets retweeted: 82%
Most mentioned @Abi_Valte (5), @govph (4), @susanople (4), @noynoyaquino (3), @RRanvi (3), @one_allen (2), @annavictorianna (2), @hundun (2), @PresidentNoy (2), @villasteffi (2)

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