Duterte’s high trust ratings repudiation of ‘few boisterous minority’ – Palace official

Published July 19, 2019, 12:51 PM

by Francine Ciasico

By Genalyn Kabiling

The “silent majority” has castigated President Duterte’s critics and detractors for their “errant, ruinous, and incorrigible ways,” Malacañang said Friday following a survey showing he remains the most trusted government official.

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

Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo said the Palace was hoping that the “few boisterous minority” would detach from their “hubris and pride”, and be enlightened by the public support for Duterte’s governance.

“The Filipino people as expected have once again shown their high esteem and regard to President Rodrigo Roa Duterte,” he said in a statement.

“These negative forces should take a cue that it is through these surveys that the silent majority castigates their errant, ruinous, and incorrigible ways,” he said, noting that the opposition’s propaganda against Duterte has “boomeranged” on them.

He said the Palace does not discourage Duterte’s critics from exercising their freedom of expression, but hoped “that the lightning of enlightenment hits them, that they may finally march to the beat of the drums of change reverberating across the land, leading to the betterment of this nation and the lives of the citizenry.”

A Pulse Asia survey, conducted last month, showed the President having an 85-percent performance rating from his 87-percent score in March. Only three percent disapproved of the President’s work, while 11 percent were undecided. The President’s trust rating also stayed at 85 percent.

Panelo has welcomed the President’s “astonishing” trust and approval ratings that have repudiated the opposition’s propaganda against Duterte. These critics and detractors, he claimed, included the “political opposition, the Left, activist Church members, and some biased reporters of media outfits.”

“This confirms what we have been saying that the negative propaganda against the President emanates from a dismally few boisterous minority, who remain stubbornly, if not repugnantly, deaf and blind to the thunderous voice of approbation of the people, on the effectiveness of PRRD’s unorthodox style of running the affairs of the state,” he said.

“If only the poll repudiated opposition, detractors and other countries could detach themselves from their hubris and pride, the Pulse Asia survey, which produced remarkable positive results, conducted from June 24 to June 30, 2019, a time when Filipinos were preoccupied by developments of the reported ramming of a Filipino fishing vessel in Recto Bank, could not have been lost to their appreciation,” he said.

Consequently, he said the President’s critics would also consider the UN call for a human rights probe in the country “as devoid of factual basis and an affront to our being a sovereign state.”

He said the Palace was not surprised if the President’s critics feel that they were “in a state of discordance and inconsequence” since their alleged desperate efforts to taint the administration’s reputation “have always boomeranged on them.”