Duterte gets 69% trust rating: PUBLiCUS Asia

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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte blows a kiss to his supporters during a thanksgiving concert for him as he ends his six-year term, in Quirino Grandstand, Manila, Philippines, June 26, 2022. REUTERS/Eloisa Lopez
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte blows a kiss to his supporters during a thanksgiving concert for him as he ends his six-year term, in Quirino Grandstand, Manila, Philippines, June 26, 2022. REUTERS/Eloisa Lopez

Outgoing president Rodrigo Duterte got a 69 percent trust rating and a 75 percent approval rating on PUBLiCUS Asia Inc.’s PAHAYAG Second Quarter Survey (PQ2 2022), making him the “most popular” president among post-EDSA administrations.

“Our numbers indicate that President Rodrigo Duterte will leave office as the most popular president of the post-EDSA I era,” said Atty. Aureli Sinsuat, Executive Director of PUBLiCUS.

He added, “No other president who served under the 1987 Constitution has ended his or her term with majority approval and trust ratings, much less a supermajority of public support.”

Following Duterte’s approval ratings are Benigno Aquino III (27%), Fidel Ramos (24%), Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo (22%), Cory Aquino (20%) and Erap Estrada (14%).

“The data suggest[s] that public sentiment on the policy achievements of the Duterte administration is exceptionally positive, especially in comparison to previous administrations,” Sinsuat claimed. “Based on our numbers, we can expect President Duterte to retain an unprecedented amount of political capital for a former president when he leaves Malacañang on June 30.”

When private citizen Duterte speaks up on the issues, many will listen. When he endorses a candidate, many will vote for them,” Sinsuat said.

The survey was sampled using PureSpectrum, a company that “offers a complete end-to-end market research and insights platform.” The survey was supposedly answered by 1,500 registered Filipino voters, and has a ±3% margin of error.

Meanwhile, Congress’ independence is yet again put into question after the outgoing president admitted in an oath-taking ceremony that he used his powers as president to attack ABS-CBN.

Kaya tinira ko talaga sila [ABS-CBN]. Talagang I used the presidential powers to tell Congress that you are dealing with scoundrels, and if you continue to kowtow with them, kawawa ang Pilipino,” he said on Monday (June 27).

(That’s why I really aimed at them. I really used presidential powers to tell Congress that you are dealing with scoundrels, and if you continue to kowtow with them, it’s a pity to Filipinos.)

This goes completely against the statement of former presidential spokesperson Harry Roque, who said in July 2020 that Duterte was “neutral” on the shutdown of ABS-CBN.

Mark Ernest Famatigan is a news writer who focuses on Philippine politics. He is an advocate for press freedom and regularly follows developments in the Philippine economy. The views expressed are his own.

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