MANILA - The Philippine National Police said it respects recent survey claims of a drop in President Rodrigo Duterte's satisfaction rating due to his war on drugs.
"Basta walang ibang motibo ang survey, we respect the results," said PNP Chief, Director General Ronald dela Rosa, as he assured that the police force will do its "best to satisfy the public."
Duterte's net satisfaction rating dropped 18 points to 48 from the 66 he got in the June edition of the Social Weather Stations survey, the polling body said Sunday.
Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo said the killing of teenagers Kian Delos Santos, Carl Arnaiz, and Reynaldo De Guzman, were, among others, triggered reactions from certain sectors of the public.
Despite this, Panelo said Duterte remains "unperturbed" and that the drug war will not slow down.
Latest police estimates placed the number of drug suspects slain in legitimate anti-drug operations at around 3,800, but the PNP also said that there had been no extra-judicial killings since Duterte assumed office in July last year.
APOLOGIES AFTER 'INGRATO' REMARK
Dela Rosa meanwhile apologized to affected parties, following his controversial comment last week that critics of the administration's war on drugs were ingrates benefiting from the lower crime rate in the country.
"Pasensya na sa tinamaan na tinawag kong ingrato. Spur of the moment lang yun," he said.
Dela Rosa drew flak from various officials, including Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III, who is allied with the President.
Saying he is not engaging in a word war, Dela Rosa said the Senate leader should not ask him, but the people on ground.
"Di ako makipag-away pero kung magtatanong siya ng peace and order, dapat hindi ako ang tanungin niya, tanungin niya mga ordinaryong tao sa kalsada. Magtanong siya sana kung ano pakiramdam ng tao ngayon kung may pagbabago ba talaga. Mahirap naman kung ako tanungin," he said.- report from Bianca Dava, ABS-CBN News