Palace grateful for Marawi residents’ continued trust in Duterte

Published July 20, 2018, 6:59 PM

by Roel Tibay

By Genalyn Kabiling

Malacañang is grateful that majority of Marawi residents still trusted President Duterte and appreciated the government-led rehabilitation efforts based on latest survey results.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque during the Fake and/or Misleading News and False Information hearing in Pasay City, March 15,2018. (Czar Dancel / MANILA BULLETIN)
Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque

“It is important to note that even after the Marawi siege, majority continues to put its trust in the President,” Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque.

“We are indeed grateful that a sizeable majority of Marawi City respondents believes that our rebuilding and rehabilitation efforts are going in the right track. Seventy-eight percent (78%) acknowledged the ‘good things done by the government,’ including relief operations as well as shelter and financial aid for evacuees,” he added.

A Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey recently found majority of Marawi residents claimed their lives were worse now following the terror siege.

But many residents were also optimistic that Marawi will fully recover within Duterte’s term. The survey also found 78 percent of Marawi residents appreciate the government’s relief efforts.

Roque also said the survey on the post-conflict expectations in Marawi City, Lanao del Sur and Maguindanao should be taken on a “holistic view.”

He said they understand the sentiment of the residents if they feel less convinced that Duterte has concern for Muslims since Marawi City was ground zero of the terror siege.

“Fifty percent of residents of Marawi City believe that PRRD has concern for Muslims. This sentiment, which is lower compared to other areas, is understandable, given that Marawi City has been the center of the Maute rebellion, which resulted in its destruction and displacement of its residents, as cited by 32% of Marawi City respondents,” he said.

He noted that 83 percent of respondents residing in Lanao del Sur believed DUterte has concern for Muslims. Another 83 percent of people residing in Maguindanao gave a similar opinion.