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Duterte is no magician—JV Ejercito

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By Hannah L. Torregoza

He’s no magician.

Senator Joseph Victor “JV” Ejercito pointed this out on Thursday, April 6, as he stressed it is normal for President Rodrigo Duterte’s performance and trust ratings to dip in the course of his term.

MB FILE—Senator JV Ejercito delivers counter-SONA of the opposition at the Senate session hall. Photo by Tony Pionilla

Senator JV Ejercito (Credits: Tony Pionilla | Manila Bulletin file photo)

The senator is referring to the latest Pulse Asia survey released on Wednesday (April 5), which showed Duterte’s performance rating slide by five percent to 78 percent in March from the 83 percent he gained in December, 2016.

Ejercito pointed out it is next to impossible for Duterte to sustain a high trust rating considering he has offended a lot of groups and different sectors in his brutal war on drugs and his strong stance against graft and corruption.

“I believe it is just normal that over time, the trust and performance ratings of presidents go down,” Ejercito said in a statement.

“In President Rodrigo Duterte’s case, his ratings in the early months of his administration were so high that it will be next to impossible to sustain such popularity rating, given also that he has upset groups of people in his crusade to effect change,” he said.

He said Duterte is a political maverick and many Filipinos are still uncomfortable with his style of leadership.

“People’s expectations are high after the election, but Duterte is no magician. We cannot expect the President to solve the major problems in so short a time,” he said.

“The positive thing in this March Pulse Asia survey is that 8 out of 10 Filipinos still trust the President in spite of the slight slip, and that is still relatively good,” the senator stressed.

The same survey also showed that the President’s trust rating slipped down by seven percentage to 76 percent in the latest period from 83 percent in December 2016.

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  • Josemakabayan

    HE MAY NOT BE A MAGICIAN BUT HE CERTAINLY IS SUPERMAN !!!!!
    WHO EFFECTED THE KILLINGS OF 8000+ FILIPINOS IN JUST 9 MONTHS????

    • jun

      asusss tsismoso….fake vp leni ikaw ba yan?bwahahahh

    • angpilipinongayon

      Fake news again? Kng ako drug lord, na may connection sa police, tapos ikaw pusher, taops nag surrender ka, at malaking porsyento na ikanta mo ako.

      ARMADO AKO at may mga HITMAN ako, sa loob ng Police station at civilian hitman.
      Ano sa palagay gagawin ko sayo?

      O hindi ka maniniwala na lahat ng druglords dito sa pinas walang hitman at walang armas?

      At si Du30 ang pumatay sa kanila? At walang ni isa sa 8000 figure mo ang legitimate operation?

      At sa ky Pnoy admin, walang Killings?

      HI Kadiri mga pag-iisip nyo.

      • lance ceellot

        nice one! angpilipinongayon.. thumbs up ako dyan,, tumbok mo talaga

  • told youso55

    He paid for his stand not to legalize gay marriage more than anything else, that’s what caused the dip in the pop-polls.

    Don’t see much sectors he can yet offended to add to those he already has, meaning he will still keep a lead on popularity for the foreseeable future.

    Pity Pulse did not release any comparison rating for Leni, why is that?

  • Civil_Rights

    Look at this TRAPO and family of corrupt and plunder now EPALING perhaps to be abdicated for corruption charges while mayor of San Juan. Hoping DuDirty is not buying his sweet words and personal interest.

  • NIEL PIANAN

    YEAH..BUT THE WAY HE TALK HE IS LIKE A SUPERMAN, AND MANY WERE DECEIVED BY HIS ANTICS….WHAT NOW? NASAAN NA ANG CHANGE PROMISES…TRAFFIC,MRT, CORRUPTION NANDIYAN PA DIN…AKALA KO MAGALING SIYA…NOW HE WANTS MARTIAL LAW PARA MAGAWA NIYA LAHAT…UGOK TALAGA..EH KAHIT SINO MAGAGAWA PAG MARTIAL LAW..BUMABA ANG PISO DAHIL SA KAGAGUHAN NIYA..SADSAD ANG ECONOMY…NAGBAGO PERO PAURONG…STUPID DUTERTE..STUPID THOSE WHO VOTE HIM

    • angpilipinongayon

      So restore the yellow, go ahead with Leni. Ganyan kayo mag-isip.

      • NIEL PIANAN

        ALAM MO KUNG MERON DILAW ANG KULAY, YUNG IPIN MO KULAY DILAW..MASYADONG MARUMI GAYA NG UGOK MONG PRESIDEENTE.. STUPID

        • angpilipinongayon

          OO nga, kaya go with President Leni, and good riddance. See if she can manage the presidency well, given her record as a VP, shaming the country.

          • NIEL PIANAN

            IF THERE IS SOMEBODY WHO SHAMED THE COUNTRY ITS YOUR GUNGGONG DUTERTE AND MANDARAMBONG MARCOS…WHO HAS ALL THE HISTORY OF CHEATING AND CORRUPTION UNLIKE LENI

          • angpilipinongayon

            OO na nga. Not any argument can convince a committed LP and Leni supporter who shamed the country by saying “7,000 are all summary executions” and then contradict her own statement later on to save face. What your Leni is saying is ALL 7,000 people killed are ALL summary executions. Not one of them violently resisted or because of a legitimate police operations. ALL those police operations since JULY are all illegitimate resulting with those number of deaths.
            That what your LENI is claiming before an international committee. I am not a fan of Bong2 so don’t bring up the issue here. But again, even if we consider Leni’s brutal revelation, she as VP should not still do that, she still have to recourse to proper courts which are functioning well in our democratic system. She also said that I was now living in fear and I am hopeless and the rest of millions of Filipinos. Well, I can categorically says she is a liar, I am not living in fear(Despite that I live among the poor) and I am not helpless as I was during your PNOY term.

            Leni was still not shaming the country? Oh well, you are more than what your description of Marcos.