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Palace welcomes public satisfaction over gov’t response to Maute crisis


By Argyll Cyrus Geducos

Malacañang welcomed the result of the latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey showing that 66 percent of Filipinos are satisfied with how the government handled the Marawi crisis.

Based on the survey, conducted from September 23 to 27, 66 percent of 1,500 Filipinos surveyed said they were satisfied with the government’s response in quelling the Daesh-inspired terrorists.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque  (Jansen Romero / MANILA BULLETIN)

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque
(Jansen Romero / MANILA BULLETIN)

Eighteen percent said they were dissatisfied, while 16 percent were undecided.

However, this result, which yielded a net satisfaction rating of “good” +48, is still a two-point decrease from the “very good” +50 in June.

According to Malacañang, the government is grateful for the public’s support and attributed the government’s success to President Duterte.

“We are grateful for our people’s continuing satisfaction, which stands at 67% [sic], with the government’s action in suppressing the Maute Group,” Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said.

“Indeed, it was President Duterte’s swift and decisive leadership which thwarted the Daesh-inspired Maute Group to establish a caliphate in Marawi City and in Mindanao,” he added.

Roque assured that the government forces remain on alert but called for the public’s cooperation in quelling the terrorists in the island.

“Rest assured that our security forces would remain pro-active in monitoring and dealing with these evil forces,” he said.

“We therefore call on our people to stand united and work as one nation as we hunt down all lawless elements who are out to destroy the peace prevailing in our communities,” he added.

The government has just concluded the war in Marawi City which lasted for five months.

World leaders commended Duterte on how the government was able to handle the threat of the ISIS-linked group.

The threat of terrorism was high among the issues discussed during the meetings in the recently concluded 31st Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit.

“Half of the time during the interventions was the issue of terrorism. Everybody’s scared that suddenly there will be an explosion, or whatever,” Duterte said.

“We discussed it in confidential meetings. We have agreed on so many things to enhance the defense of our countries. But unfortunately, these are things I cannot talk about publicly,” he added.

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