9 Alternative Government Twitter Accounts That You Need to Check Out

Important note: Look up "parody" and "satire" in the dictionary.

 

 

(SPOT.ph) In early 2017, alternative Twitter government accounts sprang up to challenge U.S. President Donald Trump's policiesespecially about scienceby posing as alternative or rogue voices of government workers and agencies. There's an alt account for the National Park Service posting about environmental activism; a rogue account for fictional POTUS staff which posts about overheard White House gossip, and so on.

 

It was only a matter of time before alt accounts started popping up locally, too. They don't pretend to be official, in fact they identify themselves as alternative accounts, but there are days when you might actually prefer them to the real thing. Check them out below and you'll see why.

 

 

Diplomatic Duterte | @PCduterte

Diplomatic Duterte is a satirical Twitter account that reimagines what President Rodrigo Duterte would say as a "benevolent version" of himself. Cuss words, "patayin kita," and "yawa" are not in its vocabulary.

 

 

Malacañang Events and Catering Services | @malacananevents

Malacañang Events was founded days after the controversial pre-debut photoshoot of presidential granddaughter Isabelle Duterte in the country's seat of power. They plan baptism celebrations, birthdays and pictorial sessions right inside the Malacañang. The account often makes witty remarks that throw major shade, even referencing notable lines spoken by the president and his supporters.

 

 

Alt Mocha Uson | @AsecMargauxUson

"Modern Mocha," "Unbiased Uson," and "Progressive Pokabelle" are just some of the phrases that describe this parody Twitter account. Unlike Assistant Sec. Mocha Uson's original Mocha Uson Blog, which often retweets and reposts fake news, @AsecMargauxUson relies on facts and numbers—usually headlining her statements with "RESIBO" (pertaining to supporting articles).

 

 

Alt Malacañang | @AltMalacanang

“We are the resistance of the Malacañang Palace. We are the voice in the dark that speaks in silence and hides in the foreground,” goes @ AltMalacanang’s bold description of itself. It posits conspiracy theories and commentary on current events.

 

 

Alt Team AFP | @AltTeamAFP

"Patriotism means to stand by the country. It does not mean to stand by the president," @AltTeamAFP says in its banner. Following the mandate of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, it promotes the "sovereignty of the State and integrity of the national territory."

 

 

Alt Bong Go | @AltBongGo

Christopher "Bong" Go, special assistant to Duterte, earned the title "Selfie King" during the 31st ASEAN Summit in November after taking numerous photos with international personalities. Of course the "pambansang photobomber" (snagging the moniker from Torre de Manila) would inspire a parody Twitter account.

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AltSpox Harry Roque | @AltSpoxHRoque

@AltSpoxHRoque is Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque in a parallel universe. It tweets about patriotism, government conspiracies, and also posts some pretty astute observations and insights about the current administration.

 

 

Alt GovPH | @AltGovPH

This alternative Philippine government account encourages everyone to practice their rights as citizens of a democratic country through its motto: "Dissent. Oppose. Resist." It highlights national issues that people should look into such as Isabelle Duterte's photo shoot, incorrect spelling in a publicly funded Department of Tourism campaign, and more.

 

 

Alt BBM Employee | @altBBMemployee

This fictional BBM Employee has come to realize: "Ako ay bayaran ni [BongBong Marcos], pero alam kong nakaw ng pamilya niya ang binabayad sa akin, kaya bayad ako ng Bayang Pilipinas." With this, he/she is "for TRUTH."

 

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