More critics mean higher ratings, Palace says on Duterte's 'very good' rating

Arianne Merez, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Apr 11 2019 02:27 PM | Updated as of Apr 11 2019 03:16 PM

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MANILA- Malacañang hailed Thursday the result of a recent Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey which showed that more Filipinos are satisfied with President Rodrigo Duterte’s performance.

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo took a swipe at critics of Duterte, saying the more they “malign” the President, the higher the rating he gets.

“The more the critics and detractors malign PRRD (President Rodrigo Roa Duterte), the higher the rating he gets. These political adversaries are being swallowed by their own hubris. Survey after survey they are being repudiated,” he said in a statement.

The survey, released Wednesday, showed that 79 percent of adult Filipinos were satisfied with Duterte’s performance, equivalent to a “very good” rating.

The figure represents a 5-point increase from the 74 percent gross satisfaction in December.

Only 13 percent of adult Filipinos meanwhile said they were dissatisfied with the President’s performance, 2 points lower from the 15 percent dissatisfaction rating in December last year.

“The critics, detractors and the political opposition have been deaf to the voice of a great majority of our people and blind to the sweeping changes in the political and social landscape effected by this unorthodox, maverick and daredevil leader who is fiercely devoted to - and protective of - the interest of the greater masses of our people,” Panelo said.

The spokesman urged critics of the President to support the administration since Duterte is “racing against time” to fulfill his campaign promises.

“Rather than continue with their hate campaign against the President they should join the majority supporting Administration's programs designed to serve and protect the nation and its citizenry and start contributing for the country’s progress,” he said.

The first chief executive from Mindanao, Duterte has remained highly popular among Filipinos nearly 3 years into his presidency. He won in a landslide victory in 2016 on the promise of change and an intensive campaign against illegal drugs and corruption.