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President Rodrigo Duterte obtained a 78 percent performance rating from January to March 2017.
According to a Pulse Asia survey, this is 5 percent lower compared to the President’s performance rating in December 2016.
Along with this, the President’s trust rating decreased by 7 percent.
From 83% in December, it fell to 76 percent based on the latest survey.
In the entire country, President Duterte received the highest performance and trust ratings from Mindanao.
As a whole, 8 out of 10 Filipinos still trust the President.
Political analyst Ramon Casiple and Pulse Asia said the drop in President Duterte’s ratings is not alarming.
“It has no effect. It’s just small considering the percent margin of error. He is far from the danger zone. His popularity is still high,” he said.
“There are a lot of issues, yet his performance and trust ratings are still the same. He still has the majority’s approval and trust,” said Pulse Asia Research Director Dr. Anna Maria Tabunda.
The survey is conducted among 1,200 respondents from March 15 to 20.
Among the issues faced by the country and the President before the survey were the impeachment complaint filed against Duterte by Magdalo Representative Gary Alejano; testimony of confessed Davao Death Squad hit man Arturo Lascañas; and Vice President Leni Robredo’s video message in the United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs where she highlighted the issue of extrajudicial killings in the President’s campaign against illegal drugs.
Meanwhile, Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella said the rating still shows that the people continue to appreciate the President’s performance despite criticisms. – Leslie Longboen | UNTV News & Rescue
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