Duterte should address poverty or risk further decline in ratings: analyst


Posted at Apr 05 2017 04:50 PM | Updated as of Oct 18 2017 11:51 AM

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MANILA - President Rodrigo Duterte's trust and approval rating could slide further if his administration fails to address poverty, the core issue of the majority of the populace, an analyst said Wednesday.

Institute for Political and Electoral Reform Executive Director Ramon Casiple believes, although the 76 percent trust and 78 percent approval ratings Duterte got from the recent Pulse Asia survey are still far from a dangerous trend, it should serve as a warning to the government.

"It only means it’s a normal curve that over time, a president’s rating will fall; but of course, you can always take that as a warning sign that you have to make good on your promises," he told ANC's "Dateline Philippines."

"You can take that as a warning or for policy purposes, you have to review where the problems lie," he added.

Casiple noted a drop in the ratings from Class D may not be alarming, but "that’s where you start to think that there is a problem and the make-up of that class are the walking people, many of them poor, but most of them are working."

More than the drug problem, he believes the "more durable issues which could make or break any administration" are the gut issues of this group, including the promise of ending contractualization, housing problem, and environment woes.