SWS: 66% of Filipinos worry about Duterte’s health

Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro - - Nation -

SIXTY-SIX per­cent of Filipinos have ex­pressed con­cern over Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte’s health con­di­tion, ac­cord­ing to a De­cem­ber poll con­ducted by the So­cial Weather Sta­tions (SWS).

The num­ber of Filipinos rais­ing worry about the 73-year-old Chief Ex­ec­u­tive went up from the 55 per­cent recorded in Septem­ber 2018, the sur­vey con­ducted on De­cem­ber 16 to 19 showed.

Of the 66 per­cent, around 22 per­cent “wor­ried a great deal,” while the re­main­ing 44 per­cent were “some­what wor­ried.”

SWS noted that only 34 per­cent were not wor­ried about the Pres­i­dent’s health.

The 11-point rise in the over­all pro­por­tion of those wor­ried (per­cent wor­ried a great deal and per­cent some­what wor­ried) about Duterte’s health from Septem­ber 2018 to De­cem­ber 2018 was due to in­creases in all ar­eas.

Worry about Duterte’s health was high­est in his baili­wick, Min­danao, which was reg­is­tered at 73 per­cent. This was fol­lowed by Metro Manila (66 per­cent), Visayas (66 per­cent), and Bal­ance Lu­zon (63 per­cent).

The De­cem­ber poll found that 49 per­cent be­lieved that the Pres­i­dent cur­rently has health prob­lems, while 24 per­cent thought oth­er­wise, yield­ing a net be­lief score of +25.

Net be­lief that Duterte is suffering from se­ri­ous ill­ness was high­est in Metro Manila (+31), fol­lowed by Bal­ance Lu­zon (+28), Visayas (+26), and Min­danao (+14).

Pres­i­den­tial Spokesper­son Sal­vador Panelo said the Palace viewed the re­sults of SWS sur­vey with a “pos­i­tive out­look.”

Panelo said the poll re­sults merely showed that ma­jor­ity of Filipinos feared that Duterte, who he said “is of­fer­ing his free­dom and his life” to get rid of il­le­gal drugs, cor­rup­tion, and crim­i­nal­ity, “would not last his pres­i­dency.”

He added that the SWS poll proved that “an over­whelm­ing num­ber of Filipinos are pray­ing for his good health, for his well be­ing and for him to fin­ish his term.”

“They fear that such an un­wel­come event will de­prive them of the gen­uine change they have seen in his un­ortho­dox, tough yet com­pas­sion­ate and car­ing gov­er­nance,” the Palace of­fi­cial said on Thursday, Jan­uary 10.

“Our coun­try­men would not want to be stripped of the sear­ing iron-clad po­lit­i­cal will kind of lead­er­ship given them by a de­bil­i­tat­ing dis­ease or an untimely de­par­ture... The size­able num­ber of Filipinos who wor­ries about [Duterte’s] health wishes to con­vey to the Pres­i­dent that he re­mains in ro­bust wealth for the sake of the coun­try and the peo­ple,” he added.

Panelo like­wise be­lieved that the poll re­sult was a “re­sound­ing re­jec­tion” of the op­po­si­tion, crit­ics and de­trac­tors “who con­tin­u­ously as­sault the Pres­i­dent with ruth­less and base­less ac­cu­sa­tions or con­dem­na­tions.”

Amid worry about Duterte’s health, Panelo guar­an­teed that the Pres­i­dent re­mains in good health.

“A grate­ful Pres­i­dent as­sures the na­tion that there is no cause for worry as he is in a fine state of health, and his pun­ish­ing sched­ule of ac­tiv­i­ties in at­tend­ing and re­spond­ing to the needs of the cit­i­zenry is proof of his good phys­i­cal con­di­tion,” the Palace of­fi­cial said.

“Even as he per­forms his con­sti­tu­tional du­ties, he shall en­deav­our to al­ways watch over his health,” he added.

SWS in­ter­viewed 1,440 adult re­spon­dents us­ing sam­pling er­ror mar­gins of ±2.6 per­cent­age points for na­tional per­cent­ages, and ±5 per­cent­age points each for Bal­ance Lu­zon, Metro Manila, Visayas, and Min­danao. (SunS­tar Philippines)

WA­TER SAVIORS. Red Cross Vol­un­teers sta­tion them­selves below Jones Bridge just in case as devo­tees push their way to get near the car­riage car­ry­ing the im­age of the Black Nazarene as it heads to Quiapo Church on Wednesday (Jan. 9, 2019). Some­times push­ing comes to shove as it is be­lieved that the right side of the rope is the most sa­cred since this is the part where Je­sus car­ried the cross. (PNA)

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