Many Filipinos continue to trust and express satisfaction with President Rodrigo Duterte, Malacañang said on Wednesday.
In a virtual press conference, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque refuted the claim of former senator Antonio Trillanes IV that Duterte’s approval scores are going “down.”
“I don’t know what survey he is citing,” Roque said in Filipino.
Roque said Trillanes should first study the survey results showing Duterte’s high approval and trust scores before making any claim that the chief executive is losing public trust and confidence.
“So, Senator Trillanes should study well the survey results for him to realize that many of our countrymen still trust and are satisfied with our President,” he said in Filipino.
In a Facebook post on Tuesday, Trillanes posted a screenshot of the graph charting the results of July 13 to 14 survey conducted by Magdalo Group in the “Luzon Belt,” which showed the supposed decline in Duterte’s approval ratings.
Trillanes said it is “good news” that many are “waking up” since Duterte’s approval scores are going “down” for the “fifth straight time.”
Trillanes added that the opposition is now getting a “higher” chance to win in the 2022 elections.
Private polling firm Pulse Asia, in its last survey conducted from Sept. 14 to 20, 2020, found that Duterte’s approval and trust ratings both rose to 91 percent.
PUBLiCUS Asia Inc.’s March 20 to 29 survey also revealed that Duterte maintained high approval and trust scores – 65 percent and 55 percent, respectively – despite the prevailing coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic.
Trillanes earlier bared his plan to run for president next year, if Vice President Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo decides not to join the presidential race.
Robredo, who remains undecided with regard to her 2022 political plans, on Tuesday said she will not treat Duterte the way he treated her, if she decides to run and win the country’s top post.She issued the statement in response to a hypothetical question on the possibility of Duterte seeking the vice presidency and eventually winning the elections.