Duterte trust, approval grades prove 'vicious noise' failed - Palace


Posted at Apr 18 2017 11:10 AM

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte points to photographers during an awarding ceremony for outstanding government workers, at the Malacanang Palace in Manila, December 19, 2016. Ezra Acayan, Reuters/File

NOISE FAILED: Critics have failed to erode public support for President Rodrigo Duterte, Malacañang said Tuesday after an opinion poll revealed that most Filipinos still trust and approve of the Chief Executive. 

Duterte secured a 76-percent trust rating and a 78-percent approval grade during the first quarter of 2017 -- the highest ratings among those of 5 top government officials, according to a Pulse Asia survey released Monday. 

"The vicious noise from the President's fiercest critics failed to dampen public sentiment on the latest presidential rating," Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella said in a statement. 

Abella noted that among the events that happened before and during the survey were the filing of impeachment raps against Duterte and a Senate investigation into his ties to an alleged death squad. 

Vice President Leni Robredo, he said, also revealed alleged irregularities in Duterte's war on drugs with a video message to the United Nations around this period. 

"This tells us that a majority of Filipinos appreciate the President's priority of protecting the nation's patrimony - the next generation - from dangerous drug traffickers and violators; to restore a trustworthy government free from corruption; to keep our streets safe from crime; our society just and fair; and our many peoples get along," Abella said. 

Duterte's spokesperson thanked the public for trusting that the administration is on the right track.