Duterte, Robredo approval and trust ratings go up – Pulse Asia

Maris Federez

(FILE) Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte (R) and Vice-president Leni Robredo (L) attend commencement exercises of graduating police officers at Camp General Mariano Castaneda in Silang, Philippines, 22 March 2019. According to reports, Duterte on March 21, formally announced the end of government’s peace negotiations with communist rebels.  EPA-EFE/FRANCIS R. MALASIG

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte and Vice President Leni Robredo’s approval and trust ratings have improved, according to the results of a nationwide survey conducted by Pulse Asia earlier this month.

The President’s approval and trust ratings went up to 87% and 83%, respectively.

Both are 9% higher than the chief executive’s ratings in September.

Vice President Robredo, meanwhile, got approval and trust ratings of 58% and 53%, with 8% and 7% increase, respectively, from the September survey.

Duterte’s approval and trust ratings were highest in Mindanao (both 98%).

Robredo’s approval and trust ratings, on the other hand, were highest in Visayas (63% and 60%).

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo welcomed the result of the survey, saying the “stratospheric approval rating is unprecedented.”

In a statement, Panelo said: “history tells us that no President has passed the midpoint of his presidential term with such a high approval rating. It has always been a downtrend.”

The presidential spokesman also noted that the President’s disapproval rating was “reduced to a measly 5 percent.”

“The figures of the survey graphically show how the Filipino people are united in cementing their support to PRRD (President Rodrigo Roa Duterte), and in agreement with the government programs geared toward uplifting the social and economic condition of the masses of our people,” he said.

“This latest approval rating is a clear repudiation of the fabricated tale and the false narratives of the haters of the President including the foreign entities that have joined the fray with blinders in their eyes,” he added.

Meanwhile, Senate President Vicente Sotto III and House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano also got higher approval and trust ratings this month, compared to three months ago.

Sotto’s approval and trust ratings went up to 84% (from 72) and 78% (from 66%), respectively.

Cayetano’s jump, however, was the highest, with approval rating going up to 80% with a 16% leap, and trust rating going up 76% with a 14% flinch.

Sotto, in a statement issued on Sunday, said he “strives to be consistent without compromising on excellent hard work and transparency as Senate President.”

“I share this honor for the increase in approval and trust rating with my fellow senators who are as equally dedicated to the true essence of public service and have become a team though coming from diverse and sometimes competing positions,” he said. /mbmf

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