8 OF 10 PINOYS SUP­PORT DUTERTE

Tempo - - Front Page - By ELLALYN DE VERA-RUIZ

Af­ter suf­fer­ing a slump in his per­for­mance and trust rat­ings in the first quar­ter of 2017, Pres­i­dent Duterte’s num­bers bounced back to 82 per­cent and 81 per­cent in the sec­ond quar­ter, ac­cord­ing to the lat­est Pulse Asia sur­vey re­leased yes­ter­day.

Af­ter suf­fer­ing a slump in his per­for­mance and trust rat­ings in the first quar­ter of 2017, Pres­i­dent Duterte’s num­bers bounced back to 82 per­cent and 81 per­cent in the sec­ond quar­ter, ac­cord­ing to the lat­est Pulse Asia sur­vey re­leased yes­ter­day.

Us­ing face-to-face in­ter­views of 1,200 re­spon­dents, the June 24 to 29 na­tion­wide sur­vey found out that 82 per­cent of Filipinos ap­proved of Duterte’s work in the past three months. Only five per­cent dis­ap­proved while 13 per­cent were un­de­cided on his per­for­mance.

Eighty one per­cent ex­pressed trust in the Pres­i­dent, 14 per­cent were un­de­cided, and five per­cent have lit­tle or no trust in him.

Duterte’s lat­est ap­proval and trust rat­ings are higher than the 78 per­cent and 76 per­cent in the March 2017 sur­vey.

The sur­vey also showed that the ap­proval and trust rat­ings of Vice Pres­i­dent Leni Ro­bredo, Se­nate Pres­i­dent Aquilino Pi­mentel III, House Speaker Pan­ta­leon Al­varez, and Chief Jus­tice Ma. Lour­des Sereno have im­proved.

Ro­bredo’s ap­proval rat­ing went up rose from 56 per­cent to 60 per­cent and trust rat­ing from 58 per­cent to 61 per­cent.

Among the five top govern­ment of­fi­cials next to Duterte, Pi­mentel re­ceived the most sig­nif­i­cant im­prove­ment in ap­proval and trust rat­ings from 55 per­cent to 62 per­cent and 51 per­cent to 58 per­cent.

Al­varez’s ap­proval rat­ing in­creased from 40 to 43 per­cent, 41 per­cent trust the House chief, while 38 per­cent were un­de­cided on his per­for­mance.

Forty eight per­cent ap­proved Sereno’s work this quar­ter from 42 per­cent three months ago. Sereno had a 43 per­cent trust rat­ing while 39 per­cent were un­de­cided on her per­for­mance.

Pulse Asia said Duterte and Pi­mentel ob­tained ma­jor­ity ap­proval rat­ings across all ge­o­graphic ar­eas (75 per­cent to 95 per­cent and 54 per­cent to 71 per­cent, re­spec­tively) and so­cioe­co­nomic classes (79 per­cent to 84 per­cent and 60 per­cent to 62 per­cent, re­spec­tively).

Ro­bredo has ma­jor­ity ap­proval rat­ings in most ge­o­graphic ar­eas and so­cio-eco­nomic group­ings (60 per­cent to 66 per­cent and 60 per­cent to 72 per­cent, re­spec­tively) with Metro Manila and class ABC or up­per-to-mid­dle class be­ing the ex­cep­tions (both at 44 per­cent).

Mala­cañang was pleased by the pub­lic sup­port Duterte re­ceived in the sur­vey.

“It’s pleas­ant news,” pres­i­den­tial spokesman Ernesto Abella said. “How come there’s such a high ap­proval rat­ing? Sim­ply be­cause of that. That he gets them and they get him,” he added.

The sur­vey was con­ducted amid the Marawi cri­sis, the dec­la­ra­tion of mar­tial law in Min­danao due to the Marawi siege; and the down­grad­ing of the charges filed against mem­bers of the Philip­pine Na­tional Po­lice-Crim­i­nal In­ves­ti­ga­tion and De­tec­tion Group Re­gion 8 headed by Supt. Mar­vin Mar­cos in con­nec­tion with the killing of Al­buera, Leyte Mayor Rolando Espinosa.

PRES­I­DENT Duterte

(Czar Dan­cel)

PRES­I­DENT Duterte (cen­ter), peace process ad­viser Je­sus Dureza (left), Moro Is­lamic Lib­er­a­tion Front Chair­man Al-Hajj Mu­rad Ebrahim (2nd from left), MILF Vice Chair­man Ghaz­ali Jaa­far (2nd from right), and MILF chief peace ne­go­tia­tor Mo­hagher Iqbal (right) present the new draft of the Bangsamoro Ba­sic Law dur­ing the turnover cer­e­mony in Mala­canang yes­ter­day.

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