Published: Tue, October 10, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

'Honeymoon' over, opposition says after drop in Duterte ratings

'Honeymoon' over, opposition says after drop in Duterte ratings

Presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella shrugged off on Monday results of a latest survey showing a dip in Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's net satisfaction and net trust ratings, saying in jest that Filipinos still "love" Duterte.

Duterte's net satisfaction rating among Classes A, B, and C last June 2017 is 59 points, while he got 66 points among the Filipino masses.

"I think we shouldn't be anxious because if we break down the survey results, putting it in context and considering the satisfaction and trust ratings of previous Presidents in previous administrations, President Duterte is still doing very well", Davao City Rep. Karlo Nograles said.

The president's ratings also dropped among Classes D and E or those from poorer segments of the society.

"This is a sign that the government should be more serious in listening to the people, and not just to itself".

Trillanes also attributed the decline in Duterte's "bloody" war against drugs, which he said, not only killed thousands but also "created a climate of fear across the country".

"If, like with Presidents Ramos and Estrada, Duterte's support numbers continue to fall then he and his backers could be in trouble in the 2019 mid-term elections", Dr Cook observed.

For Bagong Henerasyon Representative Bernadette Herrera-Dy, a Duterte ally, the ratings "can turn around in weeks". Another 2,000 homicide cases are suspected to be drug-related, while almost 10,000 other homicide cases are under investigation.

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"President Duterte's authoritarian style of governance is losing its appeal and support among the public".

"Marami nang Pilipino ang natatakot na maging (A lot of Filipinos are scared to be a) collateral damage ng (of the) drug war", the Senator said, reiterating that the PNP should rethink its strategy and address the killings in the communities in relation to the campaign against illegal drugs.

"The honeymoon period of the president is usually for a year, so this is expected", his communications secretary, Martin Andanar, said in a radio interview.

Duterte's allies in the Senate advised the President not to take the survey for granted.

The July-September survey by SWS found that 67% of Filipinos were satisfied with the president, while 19% were dissatisfied and 14% were undecided.

Gatchalian countered though that this does not mean that the administration should be complacent.

Abella said Duterte's survey scores remained in the "good" and "very good" level, respectively.

He, however, conceded that the string of killings of teenagers during police operations might have affected the results of the SWS September survey, noting that it was conducted just days after a national day of protest where huge demonstrations were mounted nationwide against drug-connected deaths.

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