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‘I don’t care’

  • Written by Efren Montano
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Featured President Rodrigo Duterte President Rodrigo Duterte

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte was unfazed by the 11-point drop in his net satisfaction rating in the latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey.

“I do not care. Make it 15. Wala na ako diyan. It does not interest me at all,” Duterte said in an ambush interview in Clark, Pampanga on Tuesday.

The survey, released on the same day, showed that 65 percent of Filipinos were satisfied with the performance of Duterte while 20 percent were dissatisfied and 15 remained undecided.

The President’s net satisfaction rating was at 45 percent, 11 percent lower than his 56 percent net satisfaction rating in March 2018.

“Basta ako, coast along na lang ako. I’m just traveling along the coast and with a new suggestion since I am not popular anymore. Congress might decide to get a popular one. You want a popular person, I’m fine, good,” Duterte said.

Past leaders did worse — Palace

Justifying the drop in President Duterte’s satisfaction rating, Malacañang insisted that the president’s last three predecessors suffered lower ratings.

The latest Social Weather Stations survey showed that Duterte obtained a “good” net satisfaction rating of 45 percent in the second quarter of 2018.

The survey was conducted from June 27 to 30 toward the end of the president’s second year in office.

“The Chief Executive’s +45 rating during the said period remained the highest, compared to his last three predecessors,” presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said Wednesday.

The Malacañang spokesman noted that former presidents Joseph Estrada (+5 in March 2000), Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo (+6 in November 2002) and Benigno Aquino III (+42 in May 2012) had lower satisfaction ratings by the end of their second year in office.

“The survey evidently showed that — despite several challenges surrounding his presidency at the time the survey was conducted — PRRD still enjoyed the confidence of the majority of Filipinos with ‘good’ net satisfaction ratings in Metro Manila, Balanced Luzon, and the Visayas and ‘excellent’ net satisfaction rating in Mindanao,” Roque said.

Duterte’s net satisfaction rating in Metro Manila dropped 20 points from 54 percent in March to 34 percent in June. He also registered a decline in his ratings in Balance Luzon from 39 percent in March to 33 percent in June.

In his bailiwick Mindanao, the president’s net satisfaction rating dropped from 82 percent in the first quarter to 76 percent in the second quarter. He obtained a large decline in Visayas from 65 percent to 47 percent in the same period.

Despite the drop in Duterte’s ratings, Malacañang assured the public that the president and his Cabinet members will continue to work in “bringing fruits of a better and more inclusive economy, and in strengthening the government’s drive against illegal drugs, crime and corruption.”