MANILA - President Rodrigo Duterte views his high approval rating with "all humility," Malacañang said Thursday.
Duterte's approval and trust ratings rose to peak levels in the second quarter, as inflation held at its fastest in 5 years and as police removed loiterers from the streets, the latest Pulse Asia poll showed.
Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said Duterte is "simply fulfilling his campaign promises."
"The President views these latest survey results with all humility; however, he is not leading the country for the sake of high or good ratings," Roque said in a statement.
Malacañang also expressed gratitude to the public for its "continuing vote of confidence" for the President.
"PRRD (Duterte) is working double time to rid society of drugs, criminality and corruption to achieve his goal of bringing comfortable life for all," Roque said.
Duterte's approval rating rose by 8 points to 88 percent this quarter, while his trust rating rose 9 points to 87 percent, Pulse Asia said.
It was Duterte's highest approval rating since he took office, after 86 percent in September 2016, based on past Pulse Asia releases. It was his second highest trust rating since 91 percent in July 2016, after he assumed the presidency.
The Pulse Asia poll was conducted from June 15 to 21. A Social Weather Stations survey, conducted on June 27 to 30, after his remarks on God, showed that Duterte's net satisfaction rating declined 11 points.
Both studies were released 2 weeks before the President delivers his third State of the Nation Address before a joint session of Congress on July 23.