Opposition solons dispute SWS survey 

Published March 12, 2019, 5:17 PM

by AJ Siytangco

By Ellson Quismorio

Opposition congressmen on Tuesday assailed the truthfulness of the latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey that showed a huge bump in President Rodrigo Duterte’s public satisfaction rating, as well as big scores in areas such as the promotion of women’s rights.

Akbayan Rep. Tom Villarin (Facebook / MANILA BULLETIN)
Akbayan Rep. Tom Villarin

“The survey must have been conducted when people were in stupor or been bewitched by Duterte,” Akbayan Party-List Rep. Tom Villarin said, brimming with sarcasm.

“Sa tingin ko, pinagbigyan na lang nila na sabihin ang gustong marinig ng Malacañang para umiwas na ma-tokhang or malagay sa narco-list. Delikado kasi ang buhay nila pag hindi sumangayon,” Villarin claimed, referring to the survey respondents.

(I think they just said what Malacañang wanted to hear in order to avoid inclusion in operation tokhang and the narco-list. They’re lives are in danger if they don’t concur).
“Surveys only capture a part of the whole at a given point in time,” said another opposition solon in Magdalo Party-List Rep. Gary Alejano.

“Further, the decline in the President’s satisfaction rating since his assumption in office is a contradiction to their claim that the trust of the Filipino people on the Duterte administration remains solid,” added Alejano, who is a senatorial candidate under the “Otso Diretso” slate.

Carried out last December, the SWS survey bared a net satisfaction rating of +66 for the Duterte administration. The figure was a 16-point increase from its September survey score of +50.

But perhaps the most unacceptable detail for Villarin and Alejano was the current administration’s score of +71 as far as promoting women’s rights are concerned.

“It is also incomprehensible to say that the survey showed President Duterte’s ratings as ‘excellent’ in promoting women’s rights when in reality he shows the opposite. His misogynistic remarks and disdain shown to empowered women should not earn him their trust nor support,” Villarin said.

“It is even more unacceptable that the Duterte administration received highest marks in promoting women’s rights when the President himself has been spewing misogynist remarks; in protecting human rights when killings under harsher drug war policy continues; in helping the poor when the TRAIN law continues to burden the poor; in rehabilitating Marawi City when the Maranaos themselves have been complaining over slow rehabilitation process; and in public works when DPWH was called out for incomplete and terminated projects under the Build, Build, Build,” Alejano said.

“I have been going around the country and the sentiments on the ground are otherwise. In the make-believe world of the Duterte administration, the SWS survey would surely mean a vote of confidence. In real life, however, many are disappointed, outraged and are already awakened from their propaganda,” added the former Marine captain.

The SWS survey also showed high marks for President Duterte on the following: building and maintenance of public works (+70); helping the poor (+68); protecting human rights (+62) and reconstructing Marawi City (+60).

Read more: Gov’t gets ‘very good’ performance rating in latest SWS survey

Pointing to the numbers, Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo said that these demonstrate the Filipinos’ “unshakeable trust to the present administration.”

Read more: Palace: SWS survey result a ‘vote of confidence’ on Pres. Duterte