Daily Archives: March 3, 2013

JV Ejercito: Finding Time to Connect

UPDATE: I’ve been reading up on JV and he’s actually anti-RH, so that disappoints right? But he’s actually PRO but he has to be anti for his father, the former disgraced president. I just don’t think we need a senator who doesn’t have the gall to have his own stand in things.

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It’s good to hear every now and then that our politicians exert effort to connect with us. These days, social media really plays a good part on connecting people, in this case – the government to its constituents. Let’s find out how senatoriable JV Ejercito finds time to connect with the people.

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The senatorial candidate is a lawmaker is a netizen.

With a KLOUT score of 73 and a consistent top position in social media rankings, UNA Senatorial Candidate and San Juan Representative JV Ejercito Estrada is as net savvy as they come. And to set the record straight, he personally handles his social media accounts, with support from his staff.

“Many people doubt if I really do the posting on Facebook and Twitter. I do it myself because I like being hands-on. Also, after a day’s hard work, it’s therapeutic to share what you’ve done to the online community,” said Ejercito Estrada.

This personal touch is probably why he has been able to engage a good number of his followers and friends over the past few months. The KLOUT score is an indicator of his influence and not just his popularity online. Beyond the number of friends and followers on various social networks, which continue to post striking growth, the KLOUT score manifests the level of influence that he has attained since becoming a “netizen” in 2010.

Despite his hectic schedule which includes provincial trips and business meetings, San Juan Rep. JV Ejercito Estrada says he never fails to check and regularly update his social media accounts through his Blackberry, iPhone, and iPad Mini: “It’s been my habit to check replies and posts as soon as I wake up, during my free time, when I’m traveling, and just before I go to sleep.”

Ejercito Estrada is considered one of the most active netizen-politicans in the Philippines today. He loves to connect with his 24,962 followers on Twitter. The young lawmaker does the same with his Facebook account, where he posts his daily activities to update 5,159 friends on his personal account, and 99,058 followers on his Fan Page.

“I think Twitter and Facebook are currently the fastest and most convenient ways to get in touch with the youth and Filipinos all in other parts of the world. Best of all, they are free,” he said.

On the role of social media in his campaign for the 2013 elections, Ejercito Estrada said he intends to share his legislative agenda to 30 million active Facebook users and 9.5 million active Twitter users in the Philippines.

“Since I filed my certificate of candidacy, I have received a lot of input from the online community — encouraging words, offers of support, and even questions on my advocacies and my competency — all of which contribute to honing our campaign to be responsive to the needs and expectations of our electorate,” added JV.

While some netizens use social networking sites as a venue to rant against politicians, he believes that the government must not be given the power to regulate the online activity of Filipinos. The young lawmaker noted that the Cybercrime Law contains provisions which practically permits the state to suppress freedom of speech and persecute its political foes.

As a youth advocate, he said being an active netizen enables him to be up to date with the latest trends and other developments concerning young people.

“Youth development is one of my advocacies as a public servant. So being able to interact with students on a daily basis through Twitter and Facebook allows me to identify their needs and help them,” the solon said.

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Looking back my experience with the past election, which is my frst voting experience, I really don’t like the way I undergone through. So I swore to my soul that I shall never vote again. Anyway, I’ve turned politically apathetic then, and I barely cared anymore.

But times change, and so are decisions.

I’m still not decided to vote this May. But it doesn’t mean I can’t do something to help my country. I’ve been advocating through this blog that we should be responsible citizens, and for me this is one way, for me so far, to help.

I decided to run an information campaign, if possible, for all candidates for office. I don’t know yet if I can complete it, but let it be known that I am not ENDORSING any candidates. My purpose for this project is to inform and not to endorse. And I hope through this I can help everyone in deciding who to put in office.

And who knows, this may even convince me to vote? Join me as we get to know them!

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