Palace welcomes latest survey results; positive outlook serves as ‘wake-up call’ to critics

Published May 24, 2019, 7:05 PM

by Ellalyn De Vera & Richa Noriega

By Genalyn Kabiling

The optimism of Filipinos about the quality of life and the local economy should serve as another “loud repudiation” against as well as a “wake-up call” to critics of President Duterte, Malacañang said Friday.

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

Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo has welcomed the latest survey results on Filipinos’ positive outlook, saying the poll demonstrates the public appreciation for the administration’s efforts to improve the plight of the nation.

“These results once again emphasize that our people see and appreciate the President’s tireless efforts to improve and bring about genuine and positive change to the nation,” he said.

“This is yet another loud repudiation against – and yet another wake-up call to – the critics and detractors of the Duterte administration, which include the Left-leaning groups, militant Church members and the political opposition, who continuously and deliberately ignore our achievements which redound to the benefit of the Filipino masses,” he added.

In Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey conducted last March, 38 percent of Filipinos said their lives have improved in the past 12 months. The same survey showed 50 percent of Filipinos expect their quality of life to improve in the next 12 months.

Economic optimism among Filipinos also remained “excellent” with 45 percent hopeful the economy would improve in the next 12 months.

Panelo assured the public that the government would continue to work hard to build on the gains initiated by the President.

“With a great majority of administration candidates overwhelmingly voted by our people to continue supporting the advocacies of the President, the current government, fueled by the optimism of the Filipino people, would work double time to improve on the significant gains of the past three years during the remainder of PRRD’s term as Chief Executive,” he said.