By Hannah Torregoza
President Rodrigo Duterte’s record of having the highest approval ratings among the four most recent Philippine presidents during the early parts of their respective tenures is a testament to the faith of Filipinos to his vision for the country.
Thus, Duterte should reciprocate the peoples’ trust with the genuine change they are hoping for, Senator Sherwin Gatchalian said.
“These high ratings are a testament to the unwavering faith of the people in President Duterte’s vision for the country,” said Gatchalian, referring to the latest Pulse Asia survey.
“It is now up to the President and his administration to reward the faith of the people by achieving the genuine change he has promised,” Gatchalian said in a text message.
Senate Majority leader Vicente Sotto III believes the survey “makes sense” because Duterte is the only leader who responded to public clamor to address the drug menace.
“I think its because he is the only one who responded to the clamor of the public to address the number one problem of peace and order in the country which is illegal drugs!” Sotto said of Duterte’s much criticized war on drugs.
“It was not prioritized by other administrations and the last one did not even address it,” he added.
Sen. Francis Pangilinan, a member of the Senate minority bloc, said he is not at all surprised with the latest survey, given the poll results since he took office in 2016 of July.
“The high ratings bring with them an even higher expectation on the part of the people for him to make good on his promises to address traffic, corruption, criminality joblessness and poverty,” Pangilinan said.
Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto said he can only wish the President well.
“I wish him well…and that includes our people,” Recto said.
The said the Pulse Asia survey showed that Duterte’s trust ratings between July 2016 and September 2017 are 82.8 percent higher than former President Benigno Aquino III’s 75 percent between October 2010 and November 2011.
Duterte’s ratings were also higher than former President and now Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s average trust rating of 47.6 percent between March 2001 and April 2002 and almost half as high as then President and now Manila City Mayor Joseph (Erap) Estrada’s trust rating of 42.2 percent between December 1999 and December 2000.
Both Aquino and Arroyo trumpeted a “stronger economy” during their terms.