Most Pinoys still trust, approve of Duterte, Robredo amid ouster woes: Pulse

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Posted at Apr 17 2017 04:07 PM | Updated as of Apr 17 2017 04:18 PM

President Rodrigo R. Duterte greets Vice President Robredo during a Cabinet meeting in Malacañang last year. Malacanang Photo/File

MANILA - Majority of Filipinos continued to trust and approve of the performance of President Rodrigo Duterte and Vice President Leni Robredo, despite respective impeachment complaints they are facing, according to a Pulse Asia survey released Monday. 

The poll, conducted among 1,200 respondents between March 15 and 20, showed Duterte got an approval rating of 78 percent, down 5 points from his 83 percent in December. 

Fifty-eight percent of Filipinos meanwhile approve of Robredo's work, 4 percentage points less from December's 62 percent. 

Pulse Asia noted that changes in the approval rating are considered insignificant as they are well within the survey’s error of margin. 

The same survey found that Duterte and Robredo were still trusted by a majority of Filipinos. 

Duterte secured the highest trust rating among top government officials at 76 percent, although this was 7 points lower that his December grade. 

The President was the only official who saw a "significant movement" in his trust ratings, Pulse Asia said. 

Robredo, on the other hand, was the second most trusted official with a rating of 56 percent, down 2 points from her previous 58 percent. 

Earlier in March, Magdalo party-list Rep. Gary Alejano sought to impeach the President over killings allegedly linked to his war on drugs.

Robredo, on the other hand, faced an impeachment complaint for criticizing Duterte's drug war in a video message for a United Nations narcotics conference. 

OTHER TOP OFFICIALS 

The same survey also looked into the trust and approval ratings of three other top officials: Senate President Aquilino "Koko" Pimentel, House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, and Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno. 

Of the three, only Pimentel posted majority trust and approval ratings, at 51 and 55 percent respectively, like Duterte and Robredo, Pulse Asia said. 

Meanwhile, only 40 percent of respondents approved of Alvarez' performance while 41 percent were undecided. 

Forty-four percent of respondents also cannot say if they trust or distrust Alvarez. 

Like Alvarez, Sereno also saw indecision in her trust and performance ratings. 

Forty-percent of respondents approved the work done by Sereno, but 41 percent did not. Forty percent meanwhile said they trusted the Chief Justice, but 43 percent said they distrusted her. 

Pulse Asia's survey has a sampling error margin of +/-3 percent at the national level. 

Among the events that happened before and during the survey were the filing of impeachment raps against Duterte and Robredo, a Senate investigation into Duterte's ties to an alleged death squad, the suspension of the war on drugs, the approval of the death penalty bill in the House of Representatives and the arrest of Duterte's critic, Senator Leila de Lima.