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.
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.