By Argyll Cyrus Geducos
Malacañang welcomed the 81-percent approval rating President Duterte got in the recent Pulse Asia survey, saying the figure only shows that the government is aware of the concerns of the people.
Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Martin Andanar made the statement after the survey showed that Duterte capped 2018 with higher approval ratings than the 75-percent figure he obtained in September last year.
Duterte also obtained a 76-percent trust rating in the survey which was conducted between December 14 and December 21 of last year.
“The latest Pulse Asia Survey is a testament to how this administration is attuned to the needs of the greater majority,” Andanar said.
“This government will continue to focus on the goal of giving a ‘comfortable life for all’ rid of hard drugs, criminality, and corruption,” he added.
Meanwhile, Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said that the survey shows that the people continue to believe in Duterte despite the criticisms against him during the time the survey was taken.
“The survey results underscore that our people fully believe in the methods undertaken by the President in running the bureaucracy and the country, including formulating judgments during particular situations and events where Filipino people’s lives and the country’s economy are at stake,” he said Friday afternoon.
“It appears that the tirades against PRRD have been ignored by a huge majority of Filipinos. The Pulse Asia survey is, therefore, another repudiation of the critics and detractors of PRRD who don’t see or refuse to see the good in whatever the Chief Executive does and says,” he added.
“Their loud hysterical harping and assaulting the administration with their accusations and condemnation are in sharp contrast to the clamor of the Filipinos for genuine and transparent change,” he continued.
Panelo, meanwhile, asssured that while the President is pleased with the survey results, this will not stop the latter from meeting the expectations of the people he has sworn to serve and protect.
“His heart and mind will be focused in performing his constitutional duties faithfully and courageously,” Panelo said.
Based on the survey, Duterte received almost perfect scores in his bailiwick Mindanao while his lowest trust and approval ratings came from the National Capital Region.
The survey also showed that Duterte is the most trusted government official in the country. He is followed by Senate President Vicente Sotto III with 66 percent.
Vice President Leni Robredo’s approval rating increased by one percent point to 62 percent. Her trust ratings remained at 56 percent. House Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, meanwhile is the least trusted government official with only 21 percent.