8 out of 10 Filipinos trust Duterte – Pulse Asia

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MOST Filipinos still trust and approve of President Rodrigo Duterte, according to the latest survey by Pulse Asia, despite controversies surrounding the administration in recent months.

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BACK FROM DAVAO President Rodrigo Duterte (right) is shown taking an economy flight back to Manila on January 5, after spending the holidays in Davao City. With him is Special Assistant to the President Christopher “Bong” Go (left). MALACAÑANG PHOTO

BACK FROM DAVAO President Rodrigo Duterte (right) is shown taking an economy flight back to Manila on January 5, after spending the holidays in Davao City. With him is Special Assistant to the President Christopher “Bong” Go (left). MALACAÑANG PHOTO

The poll, conducted from December 6 to 11 among 1,200 respondents nationwide, showed the President’s approval and trust ratings at both at 83 percent in the last quarter of 2016.

These were slightly lower than the +76 trust rating that Duterte received in September and the +79 that respondents gave him days before he took his oath of office on June 30.

Despite the decline, Pulse Asia said the changes in the President’s ratings were “marginal…at the national level and across geographic areas and socioeconomic classes.”

It found that Duterte had the biggest trust rating trust from respondents in Mindanao, where he got an “excellent” +85 score. The score was however down seven points from +92 in September.

Duterte got a “very good” trust rating of +69 in “Balance Luzon” and in the Visayas. This was the same score that Duterte got in Balance Luzon in September, but was down four points from his previous rating in the Visayas.

Responses per socio-economic class also showed he remains popular with the Filipino masses, rating higher in terms of approval and trust among Classes D (84 percent and 83 percent) and E (both at 85 percent) compared with those in the ABC (69 percent and 72 percent, respectively).

Duterte kept his high ratings even after his administration was confronted with several issues, which could have affected people’s opinion. These included the resignation of Vice President Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo from the Cabinet, the burial of former president Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani, the killing of Albuera Mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr. in his jail cell, as well as hearings at the House and Senate regarding the illegal drug trade at the national penitentiary and the operations of the so-called Davao Death Squad, among others.

Despite these events, the disapproval and distrust ratings of Duterte remained at single digits. Only 5 percent of respondents disapproved of the President while only 4 percent did not trust him. Thirteen percent, meanwhile, were undecided.

The poll was conducted through face-to-face interviews with 1,200 adults nationwide and has a ±3 margin of error (±6 margin of error on the sub-national level).

Sought for comment, Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar said the Palace welcomed the Filipinos’ “high approval and big trust” of Duterte, which he attributed to “people’s appreciation” of the administration’s performance.

“We are grateful for this continued show of public support and confidence to the President. The high approval and big trust speak volumes about our people’s appreciation of the President’s achievements, especially in his campaign to rid society of drugs, crime and corruption,” Andanar said.

“People are now beginning to feel secure in their homes, in the streets, day and night as incidents of homicide, physical injury, rape, robbery, theft, and [carjacking]went down, according to PNP data. This New Year the administration resolves to deliver [the President’s]promise of safe and comfortable lives for all,” he added.

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  1. A short prayer:

    Father God, I lift up to You our leaders. Those people whom you have anointed to bring change in our land the Philippines. I pray that they will serve the nation with full integrity of hearts. That they will always operate with purity of intentions, with godly motivations. That all the blessings, funds and resources You have and will pour out and provided will all be used for the purposes You have appointed it to be used. That there will be no room for corruption.

    But If we, as fathers of our own homes and families know how to discipline our children, how much more You O God – whom all wisdom and righteousness comes from.

    That any cents, misuse of funds, maltreatment of resources will have painful repercussions. Let Your presence be always in the hearts of our Leaders – like the supernatural building of Wall of Jerusalem. It is possible because Your presence and favor is with Your people.

    But just like Your people who do the rebuilding, while our hands work, the other hand holds a weapon ready for battle.

    We repent of all our sins.
    We repent of all our ways that are not pleasing to You
    We repent of being whiners, complainants, faithless
    We repent of being part of the problem – not the solution
    We repent of tearing down – instead of building up
    And all the things You have hated and abhor.. we repent..

    And all our personal needs, for our children, families – We submit to You and You’ll take care of it!

    Change our ways o God, give us heart of flesh – not heart of stone..Let there be a new beginning in our Land the Philippines. And let it start with us – individual.

    He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says. And him who have heard heed Your call!

    Claiming all for Your utmost glory, in Jesus most precious Name I pray! Amen!