MANILA - Filipinos still trust the United States the most while they have a "neutral" stance on China, a Social Weather Stations survey revealed Wednesday.
Of 1,440 Filipino adults, 71 percent said they have "much trust" in the US, a long-time Philippine ally, compared with three other countries.
This resulted in a "very good" +60 net trust rating in December from the previous quarter's +59.
The US was followed by Japan and Australia, which garnered a "good" +34 and +31 net trust rating, respectively.
China, meanwhile, got a "neutral" -7 trust rating, up from its "poor" -16 in September 2018.
The poll agency said net trust in China had been positive in only 9 out of 45 surveys since SWS first included it in the poll in August 1994.
"It reached as high as moderate +17 in June 2010 and as low as a bad -46 in September 2015," it said.
The Duterte administration has been pursuing stronger trade ties with China, downplaying the South China Sea dispute.
A China-funded dam project in Infanta, Quezon and an irrigation project for the Chico River has raised alarms that Manila would fall into a debt trap with Beijing.
The fourth quarter poll was conducted from December 16 to 19. It has a margin of error of ±2.6 percent for national figures.