MANILA - Majority of Filipinos found President Rodrigo Duterte's action "bastos" or vulgar when he kissed a married Filipina in South Korea, slammed United Nations officials, and lambasted priests, according to a Social Weather Stations (SWS) released Sunday.
Of 1,200 adults polled from June 27 to 30, 52 percent viewed his act of kissing a Filipina at an official function in Seoul as vulgar while 40 percent said it was not, and 7 percent said they did not know, said SWS.
Sixty-four percent, meanwhile, said it was vulgar for Duterte to curse the chief and members of the UN Human Rights Council and threaten to throw them to the crocodiles. Thirty-one percent said it was not vulgar, while 5 percent were not certain.
On Duterte's pronouncement that priests were no better than him because some allegedly have 2 wives, 55 percent said it was vulgar, 39 percent said it was not, and 6 percent did not know.
SWS said its June 2018 survey asked, “Here are some pronouncements and actions of Pres. Rodrigo Duterte. Please tell me how you feel about these pronouncements or actions of his. Was this (pronouncement or action) of his… (Vulgar, Not vulgar)?”
The survey questionnaire used the term "bastos" and presented 3 specific acts in random order, it said.
It had sampling error margins of ±3 percent for national figures, and ±6 percent each for Metro Manila, Balance Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao, said SWS.
LINK WITH SATISFACTION RATING
SWS noted that Duterte's net satisfaction rating was lower among those who said his actions were vulgar, compared to those who deemed that it was not.
For instance, his satisfaction score was a "moderate" +28 among those who found his attacks against UN officials vulgar. This was 3 grades lower than his "excellent" +76 for respondents who said otherwise, said SWS.
The President also got "moderate" ratings from those who found vulgarity in his kiss and cursing of priests, and "excellent" scores from those that did not.
'VULGAR' ACROSS ALL AREAS EXCEPT MINDANAO
Half to majority of respondents in all areas except Mindanao found Duterte's 3 acts vulgar, added SWS.
The proportion of those who said Duterte’s cursing of UN officials is vulgar was highest in Metro Manila and Balance Luzon, both at 71 percent, followed by Visayas at 62 percent, and Mindanao at 47 percent.
Those who found his claim that priests are no better as vulgar were highest in the Visayas at 62 percent, followed by Metro Manila and Balance Luzon, both at 57 percent, and Mindanao at 44 percent.
Visayas also tallied the highest percentage of those who said his kiss to a married lady on the lips was vulgar at 64 percent, followed by Balance Luzon at 55 percent, Metro Manila at 51 percent, and Mindanao at 37 percent.
Malacañang had defended Duterte's kiss with the South Korea-based woman, saying it was accepted in Filipino culture.
The Palace also said the government was reviewing the human rights record of its war on drugs even before a suggestion to do so from UN officials, which drew Duterte's ire.
Duterte in June also launched dialogues with religious leaders in a bid to repair ties.