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Duterte still most trusted official despite demolition job — Palace

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By Argyll Cyrus Geducos 

Malacañang welcomed the result of Pulse Asia’s latest nationwide survey saying President Duterte is still the most trusted government official in the country.

The Palace statement was issued after Pulse Asia reported that based on their survey conducted September 24 to 30, Duterte’s satisfaction and trust ratings are both at 80 percent.

MB FILE - Presidential spokesperson Ernesto Abella Photo by Richard V. Viñas | Manila Bulletin

Presidential spokesperson Ernesto Abella
(Richard V. Viñas | Manila Bulletin File Photo)

Presidential spokesperson Ernesto Abella, during the Mindanao Hour/Bangon Marawi press briefing today, noted Duterte’s high approval ratings despite the political noise.

“Despite the multifaceted political noise, President Duterte is still the most approved and the most trusted government official in the Philippines today with an 80-percent approval rating and 80-percent trust rating,” Abella said.

“The survey [was] conducted last September 24-30 at the height of the demolition job against the President, even implicating some members of the President’s family,” he added.

Abella was referring to the allegations that Duterte had at least P1 billion in his bank account.

The Palace official meanwhile also hoped that the results of the survey would inspire all government officials to serve the people.

“We hope these survey results would inspire us in the government that, despite the odds and challenges, we should never get exhausted or feel complacent in providing a comfortable life for all Filipinos in an environment free from illegal drugs and criminality,” Abella said.

“This is the only way we can return the overwhelming confidence and trust bestowed by our people to the President,” he added.

The Pulse Asia survey, which covered 1,200 respondents nationwide, contradicts the result of the Social Weather Station (SWS) survey showing Duterte’s satisfaction and trust ratings dropped from 78 percent and 82 percent in June, respectively, to 67 percent and 73 percent, respectively in September.

Demolition job?

When asked to elaborate on claims that there was a demolition job against the President, Abella said there seems to be some form of “orchestrated disinformation” that is in the works.

This is contrary to Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana’s earlier statement that there was no serious attempt to oust the President or destabilize the administration.

“It’s not for us to speculate but there seems to be that particular effort in order to put the President and his administration in a particular light,” Abella said.

“Well, for all it’s worth, at least, it’s an attempt to shake the foundations [of the administration],” he added.

“But apparently, as the Pulse Asia rating has shown, there seems to be an enormous amount of appreciation for the President. Not just from a particular isolated report,” he continued.

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