Even President Duterte appeared unconvinced that he earned 91 percent public trust and approval ratings in a recent survey.
The President thought he probably got 75 percent trust and approval ratings “in reality,” lower than those shown in the Pulse Asia survey, according to his spokesman Harry Roque.
Duterte made light of his latest survey numbers after the Cabinet gave him a round of applause at the start of their meeting Monday night.
“Noong pumasok si Presidente kagabi, tumayo kami, pumalakpak ‘no. At ang sabi niya, ‘Ah in reality, 75% lang iyan’ (When the President entered the room last night, we all stood up and applauded him. He said, ‘Ah in reality, that’s just 75 percent),” Roque said over government radio.
Roque noted that the President continues to perform his job and is not particularly concerned by popularity numbers.
“He does his job pero hindi dahil sa approval at saka sa performance level. Tutok lang siya at tuluy-tuloy naman po (He does his job but not because of approval and performance level. He is focused on his work, he continues his work),” he said.
A nationwide survey conducted by Pulse Asia showed Duterte’s approval rating jumped to 91 percent in September from 87 percent in December. His trust rating also soared to 91 percent from 83 percent during the same period.
Malacañang earlier thanked the public for the support for the President, saying he was committed to address the health crisis and facilitate the nation’s recovery.
Roque said the survey numbers indicated the public’s appreciation of the President’s efforts to mitigate the impact of the pandemic, particularly in extending aid to affected families and workers.
“Alam mo, ang Pilipino, napakagaling po niyang tumanaw ng utang na loob, sa tingin ko po isa iyan sa pinakamalaking dahilan (You know, Filipinos are really great in repaying debt of gratitude. I think that’s one of the biggest reasons),” he said over DZMM Tuesday.
Roque also attributed the President’s high trust and approval ratings to the public appreciation of his strong and sincere leadership.
He said the public naturally looks up to a “strong,” not “wishy-washy,” leader in this time of the pandemic. “Ang gusto nila, isang direksiyon lang at binibigay na nila iyong pananampalataya nila sa lider nila na gagawin ang dapat na gawin para maisalba nga sa kahirapan na dulot ng pandemya (They just want one direction. They trust the leader to do what must be done to save them from the suffering brought by the pandemic),” he said.
The President’s trust and approval scores were released as the government moves to contain the spread of the coronavirus as well as revive the economy weakened by the strict lockdown.
The Philippines is now among the top 20 countries with high number of coronavirus cases. As of October 6, the country has recorded more than 326,833 cases of coronavirus with 273,313 recoveries and 5,865 deaths.