CBCP official: Duterte 'keeps on inventing stories'

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Posted at Oct 10 2017 05:26 AM | Updated as of Oct 10 2017 10:04 AM

Fr. Secillano: Duterte to blame for drop in his ratings

President Rodrigo Duterte is to blame for the sharp drop in his public satisfaction ratings, an official of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) said Monday.

Fr. Jerome Secillano, in an interview on ANC's "Talkback", said the president "keeps on inventing stories" and "told Filipinos he was actually lying."

"If a person is lying, of course, the trust and confidence that is going to be given precisely to that person is going to be affected," the executive secretary of CBCP's Permanent Committee on Public Affairs said.

Duterte's net satisfaction rating dropped to 48, which is 18 points lower than the one he got in June 2017, as fewer Filipinos said they are satisfied with his performance, a Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey revealed Sunday.

His net trust rating also fell to 60 from 75.

Amid the ongoing war on drugs that has left thousands dead, Secillano said many Filipinos are "now fearful for their lives." 

The anti-drug campaign, he added, has created "uncertainty in the air."

"Malay mo naglalakad ka diyan, hindi ba, tapos bigla-bigla ka na lang mapagtripan o di kaya tinuro at kinuha ka na lang. You see what happened to Kian," Secillano said.

The death of 17-year-old Kian Delos Santos who was caught on a security footage being dragged by policemen and was later reported killed during a police operation in Caloocan City served as a wake-up call to many Filipinos, the CBCP official said.

Monday's interview of Secillano covered a lot of ground, including the claim of police that they have not recorded an extra-judicial killing under the Duterte administration.

'Killings are happening'

This is what he has to say: "Killings in Philippines is not a mere perception. It's actually happening. So hindi mo pwedeng sabihin na walang EJK. Kasi all those killed, they did not actually undergo inquest. They were not brought to the court. So kung halimbawa dinala mo 'yan sa korte, at yung legal na proseso pinagdaanan, so meron judicial process na pinagdaanan."

The definition of EJK, he said, should not be confined through semantics.

On the interview of Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano on Al Jazeera English that aired last Friday wherein he blamed human rights group for giving the international community wrong information on the drug war, Secillano labeled the top diplomat's statement as "biased."

"Mag-stick lang tayo sa talagang nangyayari at doon tayo magbigay ng comment. Opinyon niya 'yun eh, pero yung opinyon na yun, hindi 'yun yata founded sa katotohanan."

Secillano urged Filipinos to "make noise" that there is something wrong in the country.

"Kasi kapag walang magsasalita, our government will think that what they're doing is good. Kasi kapag walang opposition, kapag walang halimbawa kumokontra, so they tend to believe also in their own policies."

"In a democracy, we are free actually to speak," he added.

Secillano also downplayed a Malacañang statement that the Church might be used by "rogue cops".

He urged the president to have policies "better suited to Filipinos."

"Hindi naman tayo pinalaki na talagang mamamatay-tao. So, sa ginagawa nilang policy ngayon, parang ang kultura natin nababago. We don't have any respect for life anymore," he said.

'Honeymoon over'

President Communications Secretary Martin Andanar on Monday admitted that the drop in the net satisfaction and trust ratings of Duterte is to be expected given that the so-called “honeymoon period” of the government with the public only lasts about a year. 

Andanar acknowledged the drop in the President’s ratings and said this should serve as a reminder for the administration to work harder on fulfilling its promises to the public.

“Alam mo naman ang honeymoon period ng ating Pangulo ay usually one year sa isang opisina at ito nama’y expected, the fact na tapos na iyong one year, pero despite of this ay nasa good pa rin ang kanyang satisfaction at iyong public trust ay nasa very good,” he said in a radio interview.

“Ito po ay magsisilbing gabay pa rin sa administrasyon na talagang tumutok sa trabaho, sa reporma at pagbabago para maibsan ang kahirapan ng ating mga kababayan and of course to be able to also use this as a barometer para sa mga susunod na hakbang ng ating administrasyon,” he added. - with a report from Dharel Placido, ABS-CBN News