Duterte admin should focus on resolving inflation: UP professor


Posted at Sep 09 2018 11:08 PM | Updated as of Sep 10 2018 04:13 AM

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MANILA - A political science professor believes the Duterte administration should focus more on resolving inflation than on alleged destabilization plots.

University of the Philippines (UP) professor Ranjit Rye believes destabilization plots against President Rodrigo Duterte are old news and that the administration should instead focus on easing the effects of inflation.

He also said, given Duterte's popularity, any attempt to oust him now would likely fail.

"It's not also unlikely to have a destabilization initiative now because the context is ripe, for one. But as to its success, I'm highly skeptical about it," Rye told ANC on Sunday.

"The focus should be for the President and the administration, the focus should be on resolving our problems, the problems of the people now. Inflation has gotten so high and there has to be ways to mitigate the effects of high prices," he also said.

Rye also believes the issue of voiding the amnesty given to Senator Antonio Trillanes IV would have little effect on Duterte's popularity ratings.

"The base of support was still quite high a few weeks back... He will take a hit, but I don't see this support eroding over the next few weeks because of this issue," he said.

"Inflation politics has come in, the administration, while it has to think long term, it has to deal short term impact of this reality. And, I guess the erosion of support will come from there rather than issues that spring from the Trillanes case," Rye said.