Looking for a new series to watch? Pinoys suggest Senate hearings

May 30, 2024 - 6:12 PM
Bamban, Tarlac Mayor Alice Guo attends a Senate hearing on alleged human trafficking and POGO operations on May 22, 2024. (The STAR/Jesse Bustos)

The Senate inquiry into Bamban, Tarlac Mayor Alice Guo’s ties to Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators and her identity has taken twists and turns akin to a television drama.

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Some Filipinos, both appalled and entertained, have tuned in to the perceived drama that kept unravelling.

In jest, some Pinoys recommend Senate hearings for those who are looking for a new series to watch.

The post garnered over 8,400 likes.

A Facebook meme page has also the same sentiment.

The post earned over 39,000 reactions and 59,000 shares.

“Netflix and Chill? Tulfo and Chill? Nah, I do hearings and chill,” the Facebook poster wrote in the comments.

“The best series in PH so far,” another online user commented.

Meanwhile, a Korean drama page likened the Senate hearings involving Alice to the plot of “Queen of Tears” where a “simple” female protagonist who has a memory problem owns a chopper.

The post currently has 50,000 likes and 4,400 shares.

“Baka k-drama fan din yan si Mayor Alice,” one user commented.

On TikTok, Senate hearing edits also rake in numbers.

Sen. Loren Legarda’s clip amassed over 4.9 million views and 382,000 likes.

@loren_legardaUnveiling the truth: Sen. Loren Legarda at the forefront in the Alice Guo hearing♬ original sound – Loren_Legarda

On the other hand, Sen. Risa Hontiveros’ TikTok playlist on the hearings also went viral, with the most viewed video having 30.9 million views.

Her latest upload on the 20-part series currently has 1.3 million views.

@senrisahontiveros IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: ILANG HIGHLIGHTS MULA SA POGO HEARING 📣 #pogo #hearing #senatehearing #alice #mayoralice #aliceguo #bambanmayor #mayor #fyp #trending #newsph #news #ph #philippines #pilipinas #balita #balitaph #senate #risahontiveros #hontivirus #senrisa ♬ original sound – Risa Hontiveros

The Senate Committee on Women, Children, Family Relations and Gender Equality is set to look further into Guo’s unexplained assets and alleged ties to POGOs.

The panel plans to have an executive session where senators will privately discuss the matter followed by another public hearing.

The Philippine Senate regularly posts their hearing schedule on its website.

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