MANILA -- (UPDATE) President Rodrigo Duterte's trust and approval ratings soared in December, bouncing back from the "significant decline" his administration suffered in the previous quarter, according to a Pulse Asia survey released Saturday.
Among those who participated in the December 3-8 survey, 87 percent approved of Duterte's performance, an improvement of 9 percentage points from his September rating.
Duterte, who hails from southern Philippines, received the highest approval rating from respondents in Mindanao and Visayas, where he earned approval ratings of 98 and 93 percent, respectively.
His approval rating from Luzon jumped 14 percentage points to 83 percent, but support from the capital region dropped to 78 percent, 2 percentage points lower than his marks last quarter.
The President's trust ratings also improved to 83 percent, an upgrade of 9 percentage points from his 74 percent grade in September.
Nearly 100 percent of respondents from Mindanao said they trusted the Chief Executive. Duterte earned an 89 percent trust rating in Visayas, 78 percent in the national capital region, and 75 percent in Luzon.
ROBREDO'S RATINGS ALSO UP
Vice President Leni Robredo's approval rating also rose to 58 percent, from her previous 50 percent grade in September. The second-in-command's trust numbers climbed 7 notches to 53 percent.
Legislative leaders saw double-digit improvements in their scores in the last quarter of 2019.
Senate President Vicente Sotto III got an 84 percent approval and 78 percent trust rating, while House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano's approval and trust scores were at 80 percent and 76 percent, respectively.
Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo welcomed the development, saying the "stratospheric approval rating is unprecedented."
"History tells us that no President has passed the midpoint of his presidential term with such a high approval rating. It has always been a downtrend," Panelo said in a statement, noting that Duterte's disapproval rating was "reduced to a measly 5 percent."
"The figures of the survey graphically show how the Filipino people are united in cementing their support to PRRD (President Rodrigo Roa Duterte), and in agreement with the government programs geared toward uplifting the social and economic condition of the masses of our people," he said.
The ratings "mirror" the performance of the Duterte administration, the spokesman said.
"This latest approval rating is a clear repudiation of the fabricated tale and the false narratives of the haters of the President including the foreign entities that have joined the fray with blinders in their eyes," he said.
"It signifies that almost all Filipinos -- with more than 8 out of 10 of them -- feel that there has been a genuine, meaningful and positive change in almost every aspect of society, as solemnly committed by PRRD (Duterte) during the campaign in 2016," he said.
Sotto, in a statement Sunday, said he "strives to be consistent without compromising on excellent hard work and transparency as Senate President."
"I share this honor for the increase in approval and trust rating with my fellow senators who are as equally dedicated to the true essence of public service and have become a team though coming from diverse and sometimes competing positions," he said.