A Malacañang official on Thursday appealed for understanding following a poll saying many Filipinos are concerned about President Rodrigo Duterte's harsh rhetoric towards foreign allies.
“On the President’s colorful language, we ask for our people’s understanding as these utterances are not personal attacks directed at particular persons but mere expressions of disgust and impatience over the many unresolved and unaddressed issues that remain pervasive to this day," said Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar.
An SWS survey said 51 percent of respondents believe Duterte’s habitual tirades against foreign officials could harm the country's international standing.
Andanar, however, said surveys are only "snapshots of our people's sentiments at any given time."
"Maybe one of these days... iyung hindi naniniwala kay (those who don't believe the) President will find it in their hearts to give a chance to the President to prove himself in the next five years and six months," he said.
He also noted the strong support for Duterte in survey.
Of 1,500 respondents questioned by SWS between December 3 and 6, 77 percent were satisfied with the government's general performance, 10 percent were undecided and 13 percent were dissatisfied.
"We are thus grateful to the Filipino people for giving the President two consecutive ‘very good’ net satisfaction ratings," said Andanar.
“The President knows very well that the many problems faced by the nation, including grinding poverty, inadequate social services, persistent armed rebellion and terrorism, cannot be solved overnight. But he is doing his best to address all these, and hopes that the Filipino people would support him all the way as unity and firm resolve are what we need to move forward as a nation," he added.
Andanar also said Filipinos should be proud that Duterte was named by Forbes as among the most powerful people in the world.
"We all Filipinos should be proud that our President is one of the most powerful people in this planet. Kailan pa darating ang panahon na ang pangulo ay top 70?" he said.
(Will another time come when our president is among the top 70 most powerful people in the world?)