PRRD re­tains high ap­proval, trust rat­ings in Pulse Asia sur­vey

Manila Bulletin - - Front Page - By ALEXAN­DRIA DENNISE SAN JUAN

Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte re­mains the most trusted govern­ment of­fi­cial with 80 per­cent ap­proval and trust rat­ings in the lat­est Pulse Asia Re­search sur­vey.

In the Ulat ng Bayan sur­veys con­ducted on Septem­ber 24-30, Pres­i­dent Duterte's ap­proval and trust rat­ings re­mained high at 80 per­cent while his level of dis­ap­proval and dis­trust is at its low­est at 7 and 6 per­cents, re­spec­tively.

"De­spite the mul­ti­fac­eted po­lit­i­cal noise,

Pres­i­dent Duterte is still the most ap­proved and the most trusted govern­ment of­fi­cial in the Philip­pines to­day with an 80 per­cent ap­proval rat­ing and 80 per­cent trust rat­ing," Pres­i­den­tial spokesman Ernesto Abella said.

"The sur­vey [was] con­ducted last Septem­ber 24-30 at the height of the de­mo­li­tion job against the Pres­i­dent, even im­pli­cat­ing some mem­bers of the Pres­i­dent’s fam­ily," he added. Abella was re­fer­ring to the al­le­ga­tions that Duterte had at least 11 bil­lion in his bank ac­count.

The Palace of­fi­cial, mean­while, also hoped that the re­sults of the sur­vey would in­spire all govern­ment of­fi­cials to serve the peo­ple.

"We hope th­ese sur­vey re­sults would in­spire us in the govern­ment that, de­spite the odds and chal­lenges, we should never get ex­hausted or feel com­pla­cent in pro­vid­ing a com­fort­able life for all Filipinos in an en­vi­ron­ment free from il­le­gal drugs and crim­i­nal­ity," Abella said.

"This is the only way we can re­turn the over­whelm­ing con­fi­dence and trust be­stowed by our peo­ple to the Pres­i­dent," he added.

Pres­i­dent Duterte re­ceived a 92 per­cent high per­for­mance rat­ing in Min­danao, fol­lowed by 86 per­cent in Visayas, 76 per­cent in Metro Manila, and 72 per­cent in Lu­zon.

Sim­i­larly, his trust rat­ings scored high in Min­danao at 93 per­cent, 86 per­cent in Visayas, 76 per­cent in Metro Manila, and 72 per­cent in Lu­zon.

His dis­ap­proval and dis­trust rat­ings range from two per­cent to 10 per­cent and two per­cent to nine per­cent, both from Min­danao and Lu­zon.

Vice Pres­i­dent Leni Ro­bredo ob­tained 57 per­cent and 55 per­cent ap­proval and trust rat­ings, re­spec­tively.

Ro­bredo's rat­ings re­mained vir­tu­ally con­stant in Metro Manila, Visayas, and Min­danao, ex­cept for a 13-per­cent drop on her trust rat­ings in Lu­zon.

Sen­ate Pres­i­dent Pi­mentel also re­ceived high scores on per­for­mance and trust rat­ings at 55 per­cent and 52 per­cent, de­spite the seven per­cent and six per­cent de­clines on his na­tional ap­proval and trust rat­ings.

Pi­mentel's per­for­mance rat­ing de­creased in Lu­zon from 61 per­cent in June to 50 per­cent in Septem­ber. His trust rat­ings also suf­fered a 14-points plunge in Min­danao from 69 per­cent to 55 per­cent.

Also sur­veyed were House Speaker Al­varez (47 per­cent and 49 per­cent) and Chief Jus­tice Sereno (43 per­cent and 44 per­cent).

From June-Septem­ber, Al­varez's over-all ap­proval and trust rat­ings both suf­fered a 10 per­cent point de­cline while Sereno's per­for­mance rat­ing dropped 13 per­cent and her trust rat­ings down by 12 per­cent points.

De­mo­li­tion job When asked to elab­o­rate on claims that there was a de­mo­li­tion job against the Pres­i­dent, Abella said there seems to be some form of 'or­ches­trated dis­in­for­ma­tion' that is in the works.

De­fense Sec­re­tary Delfin Loren­zana, how­ever, be­lieves that there was no se­ri­ous at­tempt to oust the Pres­i­dent or desta­bi­lize the ad­min­is­tra­tion.

"It's not for us to spec­u­late but there seems to be that par­tic­u­lar ef­fort in or­der to put the Pres­i­dent and his ad­min­is­tra­tion in a par­tic­u­lar light," Abella said.

"Well, for all it's worth, at least, it's an at­tempt to shake the foun­da­tions [of the ad­min­is­tra­tion]," he added.

"But ap­par­ently, as the Pulse Asia rat­ing has shown, there seems to be an enor­mous amount of ap­pre­ci­a­tion for the Pres­i­dent. Not just from a par­tic­u­lar iso­lated re­port," he con­tin­ued.

Se­na­tor Joseph Vic­tor “JV” Ejercito warned Pres­i­dent Duterte not to be over­con­fi­dent.

Ejercito said that while Duterte’s sat­is­fac­tion rat­ings in the lat­est sur­vey were re­mark­able, the Pres­i­dent must show some hu­mil­ity de­spite the neg­a­tive crit­i­cisms be­ing hurled his way.

“The Pres­i­dent has to lis­ten as well. He should also con­sider the slight dip as a wake-up call to ex­pe­dite ma­jor pro­grams spe­cially in­fra­struc­ture that would spur eco­nomic growth,” Ejercito said.

“There are equally im­por­tant mat­ters to fo­cus on than just war against drugs,” the se­na­tor added.

Ejercito said the Pulse Asia sur­vey at least brought back pub­lic con­fi­dence in the Duterte ad­min­is­tra­tion.

“Mabuti na rin para yung mga nag­ba­balak ng desta­bi­liza­tion at nan­gan­garap mang­gulo ay matigil na. Da­pat mag­tu­lun­gan na lang kaysa maghi­laan pababa (I think this is good so that those who are plan­ning at desta­bi­liza­tion and want­ing to wreak havoc would stop. We should all be help­ing each other and not bring­ing each other down),” Ejercito said.

Ejercito also said he agrees with Sen. Fran­cis “Chiz” Es­cud­ero’s ob­ser­va­tion that the at­ti­tude of some of the Pres­i­dent’s men af­fected pub­lic per­cep­tion.

“I agree with Sen. Chiz that some of the Pres­i­dent’s men have be­come so ar­ro­gant that it is a fac­tor in the dip in the rat­ings. They have to act prop­erly,” he said.

Sen. Juan Edgardo “Sonny” An- gara, for his part said changes in the Pres­i­dent’s rat­ing are ex­pected as other lead­ers of the coun­try have ex­pe­ri­enced the same thing.

“Anim na taon siyang hi­nalal ng tao so walang kaso yon kahit akyat baba ang rat­ings (He was elected by the peo­ple for six years, so there’s noth­ing to worry about whether his sat­is­fac­tion rat­ing rises or dips),” An­gara said.

“(Th­ese are just) snap­shot of pub­lic sen­ti­ment at a given time at ta­la­gang nag­babago from time to time tu­lad din ng mga dat­ing pan­gulo (and are re­ally chang­ing from time to time like what other pres­i­dents ex­pe­ri­enced),” he said.

Pulse Asia Re­search said that sur­veys on the 1,500 re­spon­dents na­tion­wide were done in the midst of con­tro­ver­sies fac­ing the govern­ment in­clud­ing the in­ves­ti­ga­tion on the ship­ment of the 16.4 bil­lion worth of il­le­gal drugs that slipped through the Bu­reau of Cus­toms, the killing of mi­nors by Caloocan City Po­lice, and the fil­ing of an im­peach­ment com­plaint against Chief Jus­tice Sereno. (With re­ports from Ar­gyll Cyrus B. Geducos and Han­nah L. Torregoza)

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