MANILA (Updated) -- The results of the latest Pulse Asia survey reported that President Rodrigo Duterte is still the highest rated and most trusted top government official in the third quarter of 2017.
According to the survey conducted from September 24 to 30, the Chief executive posted 80 percent ratings in trust and approval categories, slightly lower than his scores in the second quarter.
The Pulse Asia said Duterte's approval and trust ratings fell by just two-percentage points and one-percentage point, respectively, from his rating in the June 2017 ratings.
"Amid the various issued being faced by his administration, President Rodrigo R. Duterte manages to retain his big majority approval and trust ratings (both at 80 percent)," Pulse Asia said in a statement.
Only seven percent disapproved the President while six percent distrusts him.
The President posted the highest approval score in his bailiwick in Mindanao at 92 percent, followed by Visayas (86 percent), Manila (76 percent), and Luzon (72 percent).
He also obtained majority approval ratings in Class E (86 percent), Class D (79 percent), and Class ABC (75 percent).
Duterte likewise secured the highest trust rating in Mindanao, which was recorded at 93 percent. It was followed by Visayas (86 percent), Manila (76 percent), and Luzon (72 percent).
Trust scores in Classes ABC, D, and E were also high at 74 percent, 80 percent, and 85 percent respectively.
Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella welcomed the public's “enormous” approval and trust conferred on Duterte, despite the “demolition job” against him and his family as well.
“The Palace welcomes the results of latest Pulse Asia’s nationwide survey on the performance and trust rating of top Philippine government officials,” Abella said in a press conference.
“Take note, the survey [was] conducted last September 24 to 30th, at the height of demolition job against the President, even implicating some members of the President’s family… It’s just an attempt to shake the foundation. But apparently, as the Pulse Asia rating has shown, there seems to be enormous amount of appreciation for the President,” he added.
During the conduct of Pulse Asia survey, Duterte’s son and son-in-law, Davao City Mayor Paolo Duterte and lawyer Manases Carpio, respectively, were accused of being behind the so-called “Davao Group” that was linked to the reported smuggling and corruption hounding the Bureau of Customs.
During the survey period, Duterte threatened the Office of the Ombudsman to create an independent commission that will investigate its alleged irregularities. His warning came amid the anti-graft body’s investigation into his family’s alleged ill-gotten wealth.
The survey also covered the President's accusation that his staunch critic, Senator Antonio Trillanes IV, owned several offshore bank accounts and his admission that he "invented" lawmaker’s bank account in Singapore to trick him.
The public's outcry over the deaths of minors because of Duterte's deadly crackdown on illegal drugs also dominated the news when Pulse Asia carried out the poll.
Abella said the Duterte administration would remain committed to pushing for a “comfortable life” for all by attaining its goal to have an “environment free from illegal drugs and criminality.”
“Despite the multi-faceted political noise, President Duterte is still the most approved and the most trusted government official in the Philippines today, with an 80 percent approval rating and 80 percent trust rating,” Abella said.
“We hope this survey results inspire us in the government, that despite the odds and challenges, we continue to provide a comfortable life for all Filipinos, in an environment free from illegal drugs and criminality. This is the way we return the overwhelming confidence and trust bestowed by our people on the President,” he added.
Davao City Representative Karlo Nograles on Friday welcomed the results of the latest Pulse Asia survey, saying the survey "showed undeniable proof that the public continues to hold President Rodrigo Duterte in high regard."
He said the 80 percent score in both trust and approval ratings for the President are "no doubt the true sentiment of the general public."
"It is another testament of how much the President is loved by a great majority of the people. The huge numbers he got in the survey are clearly an affirmation of our country's admiration of our leader," said Nograles.
Apart from Duterte, Pulse Asia said Vice President Maria Leonor "Leni" Robredo and Senate President Aquilino "Koko" Pimentel III managed to enjoy majority approval and trust scores.
Robredo posted a 57 percent approval rating and 55 percent trust rating, while Pimentel enjoyed approval and trust scores of 55 percent and 52 percent, respectively.
On the other hand, the poll found that "indecision" is the plurality sentiment toward the performance of House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez and Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno.
Alvarez' approval and trust ratings were recorded at 33 percent and 31 percent, respectively, while Sereno got an approval and trust scores of 35 percent and 31 percent, respectively.
Pulse Asia interviewed 1,200 adult Filipinos using an error margin ±3 percentage points at the 95 percent level. Subnational estimates for each of Manila, the rest of Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao have a ±6 percentage points error margin at 95 percent confidence level. (SunStar Philippines)