Duterte unfazed despite drop in SWS rating

Published July 10, 2018, 8:16 PM

by Roel Tibay

By Genalyn Kabiling

President Duterte is unfazed by the latest survey results showing his lowest personal net satisfaction rating since he assumed office in 2016.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the inauguration of the Malayan Colleges Mindanao (MCM) at the General Douglas MacArthur Highway in Matina, Davao City on July 7, 2018, reiterates that he continues to fulfill his duty of preserving the country and protecting the Filipino people. (PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO/ MANILA BULLETIN)

The President asserted that he was not interested in popularity, and even welcomed the election of a “popular leader” to replace him.

“Bumaba? I do not care, make it 15. Wala na ako diyan. It does not interest me at all. Basta ako coast along na lang ako, just travelling along,” Duterte said during a media interview in Clark, Pampanga.

“And with a new suggestion, since I am not popular anymore, Congress might decide to get a popular one. You want a popular President, fine good,” he added.

Duterte earlier said he was ready to cut short his six-year term to allow the election of a transition president who will lead the country towards the shift to federalism.

In the Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey, 65 percent of the 1,200 respondents were satisfied, 20 percent were dissatisfied, and 15 percent were undecided with the President’s performance.

The figures resulted in the President’s net satisfaction rating to +45 classified as “good” by the pollster. The President’s latest grade was lower compared to his “very good” rating of +56 last March.

Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque, meantime, highlighted that the President still enjoys high public satisfaction ratings, compared to his three predecessors.

“It is worth mentioning that the survey was conducted from June 27-30 of this year, which marked the end of the President’s second year in office. The Chief Executive’s +45 rating during the said period remained the highest, compared to his last three predecessors,” h said.

“During the end of their second year in office, Presidents Estrada, Arroyo, and Aquino received net satisfaction ratings of +5 in March 2000, +6 in November 2002, and +42 in May 2012, respectively,” he added.

Roque said the survey also showed the President still enjoyed the confidence of the majority of Filipinos with “good” net satisfaction ratings in Metro Manila, Balanced Luzon, and the Visayas and “excellent” net satisfaction rating in Mindanao “despite several challenges surrounding his presidency at the time the survey was conducted.”

Nonetheless, Roque assured that the President would continue to work harder for the nation.

“Regardless of numbers, we assure everyone that the President and the members of his Cabinet would continue to work double-time in bringing the fruits of a better and more inclusive economy, and in strengthening the government’s drive against illegal drugs, crime, and corruption,” he said.