THE big jump in President Rodrigo Duterte’s trust ratings was triggered by the defeat of terrorists in Marawi City, Malacañang said yesterday.
“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,” according to presidential spokesperson Harry Roque in his regular briefing in Valencia City, Bukidnon.
Roque said the liberation of Marawi showed Duterte’s commitment to protect the country from security threats.
He also said that the higher trust ratings could also be credited to the government “winning” the war against illegal drugs.
“He has promoted the rule of law against the threat of terrorism and of course he’s winning the war against drugs,” the Palace spokesman said.
Duterte’s “excellent” +75 net trust rating in the December 2017 Social Weather Stations survey is 15 points higher than in September, when he scored a “very good” +60 net trust rating.
The survey found 83 percent of adult Filipinos with “much trust” and 7 percent with “little” trust in Duterte, while 10 percent said they are “undecided”, a change from the 73 percent “much trust,” 12 percent “little trust,” and 15 percent undecided he got last September.
Roque also cited Duterte’s other moves like providing free education to students of state colleges and universities.
He added that the law providing for free irrigation which he co-authored is about to get underway.
“This is the first time that an administration has promoted basically pro-people policies, including free health care, free education and free feeding for malnourished children,” he said.
During the survey period and between the September and December SWS surveys, the dominant news were on the war in Marawi and its deliverance from terrorist hands on October 17.