'Not surprising': Palace flaunts Duterte's high trust, approval ratings

Arianne Merez, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 18 2019 04:53 PM

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the 28th Bureau of Jail Management and Penology anniversary at Camp General Emilio Aguinaldo in Quezon City on July 12, 2019. Ace Morandante, Presidential Photo

MANILA - Malacañang on Thursday flaunted President Rodrigo Duterte's latest trust and approval ratings, which showed that 8 out of 10 Filipinos believe the chief executive.

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said Duterte's 85 percent rating based on a Pulse Asia survey, is "not surprising" as the President is a "transparent" leader.

"Not surprising. It keeps on increasing, simply because the President is a very transparent leader, his political will shows in every measure or step he has undertaken; it shows how sincere he is, and the people are satisfied with his method of governance," he said during a Palace briefing.

The recent survey results also show that criticism against the President over his drug war and controversial pronouncements on the West Philippine Sea "are all wrong," Panelo said.

He added that the Palace is confident that the President could maintain his popularity among Filipinos.

Duterte was swept to power in May 2016 by 16 million votes, becoming the first Mindanaoan President and the first to become the country's highest-ranking official straight from mayoralty.

"For every issue that is thrown at him with such negative force, the detractors and the opposition keep saying the rating will go down. But the more they say that, the more it goes up. If that is not a powerful language to them, I don’t know what is not," Panelo said.

Duterte recorded an 85 percent approval rating, 2 points below the 87 percent he received in March according to a June Pulse Asia survey.

The same survey also showed that Duterte's trust rating remained unchanged at 85 percent.