Pres­i­dent posted high­est ap­proval score in Min­danao (92 per­cent), fol­lowed by Visayas 86), Manila (76) and Lu­zon (72)

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Amid the var­i­ous is­sued be­ing faced by his ad­min­is­tra­tion, Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo R. Duterte man­ages to re­tain his big ma­jor­ity ap­proval and trust rat­ings (both at 80 per­cent). PULSE ASIA

The re­sults of the lat­est Pulse Asia sur­vey re­ported that Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte is still the high­est rated and most trusted top gov­ern­ment of­fi­cial in the third quar­ter of 2017.

Ac­cord­ing to the sur­vey con­ducted from Sept. 24 to 30, the Pres­i­dent’s ap­proval and trust scores slightly de­creased but he con­tin­ues to en­joy a “big ma­jor­ity” ap­proval score for his per­for­mance pegged at 80 per­cent, while his trust score con­tin­ues to be high in gen­eral with 80 per­cent.

The Pulse Asia said Duterte’s ap­proval and trust rat­ings fell by just two-per­cent­age points and one-per­cent­age point, re­spec­tively, from his rat­ing in the June 2017 rat­ings.

“Amid the var­i­ous is­sued be­ing faced by his ad­min­is­tra­tion, Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo R. Duterte man­ages to re­tain his big ma­jor­ity ap­proval and trust rat­ings (both at 80 per­cent),” Pulse Asia said in a state­ment.

Only seven per­cent disap- proved the Pres­i­dent while six per­cent dis­trusts him.

The Pres­i­dent posted the high­est ap­proval score in his baili­wick in Min­danao at 92 per­cent, fol­lowed by Visayas (86 per­cent), Manila (76 per­cent), and Lu­zon (72 per­cent).

He also ob­tained ma­jor­ity ap­proval rat­ings in Class E (86 per­cent), Class D (79 per­cent), and Class ABC (75 per­cent).

Duterte like­wise se­cured the high­est trust rat­ing in Min­danao, which was recorded at 93 per­cent. It was fol­lowed by Visayas (86 per­cent), Manila (76 per­cent), and Lu­zon (72 per­cent).

Trust scores in Classes ABC, D, and E were also high at 74 per­cent, 80 per­cent, and 85 per­cent re­spec­tively.

Pres­i­den­tial Spokesper­son Ernesto Abella wel­comed the pub­lic’s “enor­mous” ap­proval and trust con­ferred on Duterte, de­spite the “de­mo­li­tion job” against him and his fam­ily as well.

“The Palace wel­comes the re­sults of lat­est Pulse Asia’s na­tion- wide sur­vey on the per­for­mance and trust rat­ing of top Philip­pine gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials,” Abella said in a press con­fer­ence.

“Take note, the sur­vey [was] con­ducted last Sept. 24 to 30th, at the height of de­mo­li­tion job against the Pres­i­dent, even im­pli­cat­ing some mem­bers of the Pres­i­dent’s fam­ily… It’s just an at­tempt to shake the foun­da­tion. But ap­par­ently, as the Pulse Asia rat­ing has shown, there seems to be enor­mous amount of ap­pre­ci­a­tion for the Pres­i­dent,” he added.

Dur­ing the con­duct of Pulse Asia sur­vey, Duterte’s son and son-in-law, Davao City Mayor Paolo Duterte and lawyer Manases Car­pio, re­spec­tively, were ac­cused of be­ing be­hind the so­called “Davao Group” that was linked to the re­ported smug­gling and cor­rup­tion hound­ing the Bu­reau of Cus­toms.

Dur­ing the sur­vey pe­riod, Duterte threat­ened the Of­fice of the Om­buds­man to cre­ate an in­de­pen­dent com­mis­sion that will in­ves­ti­gate its al­leged ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties. His warn­ing came amid the anti- graft body’s in­ves­ti­ga­tion into his fam­ily’s al­leged ill- got­ten wealth.

The sur­vey also cov­ered the Pres­i­dent’s ac­cu­sa­tion that his staunch critic, Sen. An­to­nio Tril­lanes IV, owned sev­eral off­shore bank ac­counts and his later ad­mis­sion that he “in­vented” the law­maker’s bank ac­count in Sin­ga­pore to trick him.

The pub­lic’s outcry over the deaths of mi­nors be­cause of Duterte’s deadly crack­down on il­le­gal drugs also dom­i­nated the news when Pulse Asia car­ried out the poll.

Abella said the Duterte ad­min­is­tra­tion would re­main com­mit­ted to push­ing for a “com­fort­able life” for all by at­tain­ing its goal to have an “en­vi­ron­ment free from il­le­gal drugs and crim­i­nal­ity.”

“De­spite the multi-faceted 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,” Abella said.

“We hope these sur­vey re­sults in­spire us in the gov­ern­ment, that de­spite the odds and chal­lenges, we con­tinue to pro­vide a com­fort­able life for all Filipinos, in an en­vi­ron­ment free from il­le­gal drugs and crim­i­nal­ity. This is the way we re­turn the over­whelm­ing con­fi­dence and trust be­stowed by our peo­ple on the Pres­i­dent,” he added.

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