PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte regained his “excellent” net trust ratings in the last quarter of 2017, coming from a steep 15-point decline in the previous quarter, the latest Social Weather Stations survey shows.
The poll, conducted from Dec. 8 to 16 showed 83 percent of adult Filipinos with much trust in Duterte and 7 percent with little trust in him—resulting in a net trust rating of +75, classified by the SWS as “excellent.”
Those undecided accounted for 10 percent.
Duterte’s net trust rating has been excellent since he became President, except in September 2017 where it slipped to a “very good” +60.
The 15-point increase in Duterte’s national net trust rating was due to double-digit improvements in all geographic areas.
In his home region of Mindanao, Duterte’s ratings shot up by 12 points from +82 in September 2017 to +94 in December 2017.
It rose by one grade from very good to excellent in the Visayas, up by 19 points from +57 in September to +76 by December.
In Metro Manila, Duterte’s trust ratings rose by one grade from very good to excellent, up 19 points from +54 in September to +73 at the end of the year.
In Balance Luzon, his numbers remained very good, going up 14 points from +52 in September to +66 at the end of the year.
Welcoming the big jump in Duterte’s trust ratings, Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque attributed the increase in the President’s trust rating to the successful campaign to liberate Marawi from the Maute terrorist group.
“I think the fact that he has shown that he can exercise political will to defeat terrorists and violent extremists in Marawi, the fact that people’s optimism is at an all-time high, the fact that manufacturing output is at an all-time high—so all this indicate that the economy is growing as promised,” Roque said in a news briefing at Valencia City, Bukidnon.
He said the liberation of Marawi showed Duterte’s commitment to protect the country from security threats.
“While we are elated with the survey results, we leave no room for complacency. We therefore assure everyone that the Chief Executive, together with his team, will remain undistracted in improving the lives of the poor and marginalized; fighting criminality and enforcing the law; and curbing graft and corruption in government,” he said.
The latest non-commissioned poll, fielded amongst 1,200 adults had sampling error margins of ±3 percent for national percentages.
A Palace ally in the House of Representatives on Friday told Duterte’s critics to shut up in light of the President’s 80 percent approval rating.
Surigao del Norte Rep. Robert Ace Barbers said majority of the Filipino people have spoken and gave their resounding approval of the President’s programs, actions, judgments and decisions in governance.
“I hope that the 20 percent who disapproved of our President’s actions would just keep their peace since the overwhelming majority of 80 percent have already spoken and approved of President Duterte’s brand of leadership. In a democracy, which these critics keep on mentioning, it is always majority wins,” Barbers said.
“Their persistence in painting a negative picture against the President is totally way off the mark and contrary to the numbers that have been staring us from Day 1.
He said he finds it “funny and pathetic” that the 20 percent who disapproved of the President were the ones making so much noise when the 80 percent approved of what the President is doing.
Parañaque Rep. Gus Tambunting, for his part, said critics of the President and his administration are proof of a healthy democracy.
Nevertheless, he said “while there is always space for constructive criticism, his critics should focus more on the substance of the policy rather than his way of doing things.”