By Argyll Cyrus Geducos
President Duterte shrugged off anew the conflicting trust and satisfaction ratings bared in the survey of two pollsters this month.
In his speech during the celebration of the 38th Masskara Festival in Bacolod City, Negros Occidental, Duterte reiterated his resolve to just concentrate on his job.
“Ako, trabaho lang. Wala akong pakialam sa ratings. Tapos na ang ratings ko (I’ll just do my job. I don’t care about the ratings. I’m over that),” he said Sunday evening.
Duterte was referring to his six-million vote lead during the previous elections.
“Either I go up or down, I don’t give a shit,” he strongly added.
On Friday, a new Pulse Asia survey showed that the Duterte Administration got “majority approval ratings” for its handling of several issues like disaster response and the fight against criminality.
Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella said that the positive response showed that Filipinos were already feeling the “genuine change,” as promised during Duterte’s campaign.
“The survey results indeed underscore [that] the President’s promise of genuine change to have safe neighborhoods and peaceful communities under a trustworthy government has been felt by people on the ground,” Abella said in a statement.
But before this, Duterte suffered a significant dip in his trust and satisfaction rating in the third quarter survey of Social Weather Station (SWS).
Malacañang earlier said that the dip in the ratings was expected as the people are now measuring their expectations.
Duterte, in an interview aired over state-run PTV-4, said that he was not interested in the ratings, and would continue to work even if the survey numbers plummet to zero.