Palace tells Duterte’s critics: Look for other issues

Published October 1, 2018, 1:25 PM

by Francine Ciasico

By Argyll Cyrus Geducos

Malacañang advised the critics of President Duterte to look for other issues to hurl at the Chief Executive following the surge in Duterte’s satisfaction rating for the last quarter.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque (Jansen Romero/ MANILA BULLETIN)
Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque
(Jansen Romero/ MANILA BULLETIN)

Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque made the statement after the latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey showed that 70 percent of Filipinos said they were satisfied with Duterte.

The rating, which is a five-point increase from the previous survey, earned Duterte a “very good” net satisfaction rating in the third quarter of 2018.

In a radio interview, Roque said that the survey only proves that the people still believe in the President.

“Iyan po ang talagang tunay na batayan natin kung ano ba talaga ang husga ng taumbayan; bagama’t ang Presidente ay hindi namumuno dahil lamang sa survey (That is our basis on what the people really feels, although the President’s leadership does not depend on surveys),” he said.

“Kahit anong ipula nila kay Presidente ay bumabalik po at lumalabas na suportado siya ng taumbayan (No matter how they criticize the President, it shows that the people still support him),” he added.

Roque said that by now, Duterte’s critics should think of another issue to hurl at the President.

“Kinakailangang humanap ng ibang isyu ang oposisyon bukod doon sa mga pananalita ni Presidente dahil nakikita natin na walang epekto iyong mga pinupula sa tiwala ng taumbayan kay Presidente (The opposition should now look for other issues to hurl at the President because it has no effect on the people’s trust on him),” he added.

Based on the SWS survey, only 16 percent of the respondents were dissatisfied with Duterte’s performance while 14 percent were undecided.

The result of the survey was released to the public after Duterte’s recent controversial remark about the extrajudicial killings in the country. The said remark was deemed as an admission by the President’s critics.