The Duterte administration is “humbled” and “inspired” to serve the Filipino people after a new survey showed its high approval score for its handling of the coronavirus crisis, Malacañang said Thursday. 

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Presidential spokesman Harry Roque has welcomed the latest poll results and thanked the public for their continued support for the administration.

“Pilipinas maraming salamat sa binigay ninyong tiwala na naman sa ating Presidente. Matapos bigyan ng 91 trust rating  at 91 performance rating ang Presidente, 84 naman ang binigay ninyo sa pagdating ng handling ng coronavirus (Thank you Philippines for your trust in the President. After giving the President 91 percent trust rating and 91 percent performance rating, you’ve given 84 percent for handling of the coronavirus),” he said during a Palace press briefing.

“We are humbled and we are further inspired to serve the filipino people in this time of the pandemic and crisis. Maraming, maraming salamat po (Thank you very much),” he added.

In the Pulse Asia survey conducted last Sept. 14 to 20, 84 percent of the respondents approved the administration’s efforts in controlling the spread of the coronavirus. At least 10 percent said they may or may disapprove the administration’s performance while six percent disapproved. 

On the administration’s efforts to provide assistance to people who lost their jobs and livelihood, the survey showed  84 percent approval rating. Around nine percent of the respondents claimed they may approve or disapprove while seven percent disapproved.

Roque also appealed anew for the end to politicking as the country battles the coronavirus outbreak. He instead pushed for continued efforts to provide aid to the people to ease their suffering during the pandemic.

The latest survey results on the administration’s pandemic response came a few days after the President earned high trust and approval ratings in the middle of the pandemic.

A Pulse Asia poll earlier showed Duterte’s approval rating jumped to 91 percent in September from 87 percent in December. His trust rating also increased to 91 percent from 83 percent during the same period.

In a meeting with some Cabinet members last Monday, the President has expressed disbelief over the high scores and commented that he probably got 75 percent trust and approval ratings “in reality.”

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