Even President Duterte appeared unconvinced that he earned 91 percent public trust and approval ratings in a recent survey. 

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President Rodrigo Roa Duterte (ROBINSON NIÑAL/ PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN)

The President thought he probably got 75 percent trust and approval ratings “in reality,” lower than those shown in the Pulse Asia survey, according to his spokesman Harry Roque.

Duterte made light of his latest survey numbers after the Cabinet gave him a round of applause at the start of their meeting Monday night.

“Noong pumasok si Presidente kagabi, tumayo kami, pumalakpak ‘no. At ang sabi niya, ‘Ah in reality, 75 percent lang iyan’ (When the President entered the room last night we all stood up and applauded him. He said, ‘Ah in reality, that’s just 75 percent),” Roque said over government radio.

Roque noted that the President continues to perform his job and is not particularly concerned by popularity numbers.

“He does his job pero hindi dahil sa approval at saka sa performance level. Tutok lang siya at tuluy-tuloy naman po (He does his job but not because of approval and performance level. He is focused on his work, he continues his work),” he said.

A nationwide survey conducted by Pulse Asia showed Duterte’s approval rating jump to 91 percent in September from 87 percent in December. His trust rating also soared to 91 percent from 83 percent during the same period.

Malacañang earlier thanked the public for the support for the President, saying he was committed to address the health crisis and facilitate the nation’s recovery.

The President’s trust and approval scores were released as the government moves to contain the spread of the coronavirus as well as revive the economy weakened by the strict lockdown.

The Philippines is now among the top 20 countries with high number of coronavirus cases.  As of October 6, the country has recorded more than 326,833 cases of coronavirus with 273,313 recoveries and 5,865 deaths.

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