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

Published March 12, 2019, 9:57 AM

by AJ Siytangco

By Genalyn Kabiling

Malacañang has lauded the soaring public satisfaction rating of the Duterte administration based on the latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey, saying it was a “vote of confidence” on President Duterte as well as a “loud and clear repudiation” of his critics and detractors.

Buoyed by the “very good” poll results, Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo also assured the public there would no room for complacency in government amid efforts to improve the lives of Filipinos.

Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo (OPS / MANILA BULLETIN)
Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo

The SWS survey, conducted last December, showed 76 percent of the respondents satisfied with the work of the administration while 9 percent said otherwise. The figures yielded a net satisfaction rating of +66, a 16-point increase from the very good +50 recorded in September 2018.

“The Palace considers this increase in satisfaction rating as a vote of public confidence and a demonstration of the people’s unshakeable trust to the present administration, which the polling firm classified as ‘very good,’” Panelo said.

He also welcomed the administration’s “highest marks” in promoting women’s rights (+71); building and maintenance of public works (+70); helping the poor (+68); protecting human rights (+62) and reconstructing Marawi City (+60).

“These figures are loud and clear repudiations of the critics and detractors of PRRD (President Rodrigo Roa Duterte) who have described him as misogynistic, anti-poor, and anti-human rights, and who have taken turns in questioning the Build-Build-Build Infrastructure Program and lambasting the rehabilitation and reconstruction of Marawi,” he said.

Panelo noted the survey results indicated that most people were ignoring the tirades from the President’s critics.

“While the administration never impelled the vocal minority from expressing their dissent, it is time they finally realize that a sizeable but silent majority has paid no attention to their endless tirades against PRRD and the administration, as well as its policies, particularly with respect to the aforesaid matters,” he said.

With the higher public satisfaction grade, Panelo also affirmed the government’s resolve to build a comfortable life for Filipinos.

“As we go into the third year of the President’s term, the Filipinos can rest assured that we would not be lulled into complacency while we continue to roll out the programs and services he started in bringing a comfortable life for all under a peaceful and corrupt-free environment,” he said.

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