Duterte's public support falls amid killings in drug war

Duterte's public support falls amid killings in drug war

Social Weather Stations (SWS) reported that the biggest drop of 18 per cent was registered in Duterte's satisfaction rating from his plus 66 per cent in June to plus 48 per cent in its latest survey.

Meanwhile, the same survey also found 73 percent of Filipinos with "much trust" and 12 percent with little trust in the president, while 15 percent said they are undecided, a change from the 82 percent "much trust", 7 percent "little trust", and 11 percent undecided in June. "The bold PRRD initiative, allowing the citizens to vent their grievances about the excesses and shortcomings of the government, and some sentiments may have spilled over", Abella said.

But even with the significant drops, SWS described Duterte's satisfaction rating as "good" and that of trust, "very good". The president recorded a net trust rating of 60%, plummeting 15 points from the 75% score in the previous quarter.

Presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella shrugged off the survey results, saying in jest that Filipinos still "love" Duterte.

Sen. Francis Pangilinan said that the decline in the popularity rating of Mr. Duterte was expected as the administration had been embroiled in corruption scandals such as smuggling of P6.4 billion worth of shabu from China; the alleged involvement of the "Davao group", including the President's son Paolo Duterte, in smuggling; and the extra-judicial killings of minors by abusive policemen.

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"It's just a part of the cycle of politics, and it shouldn't be a cause for concern in Malaca├▒ang".

PNP Chief Ronald de la Rosa said in a news conference: "We will do our best to improve and will do our best to satisfy the public". "Promise", dela Rosa said.

"The Social Weather Survey items on public satisfaction with, and public trust in, the President are non-commissioned".

But for opposition Senator Antonio Trillanes, a staunch Duterte critic, the SWS findings showed that most of the Filipinos have seen the light for what the president really was. "Worse, his bloody war on drugs has killed thousands of his own people and created a climate of fear across the country", Trillanes said.

Duterte is also under investigation by the Ombudsman over allegations that he has hidden wealth - accusations he has dismissed. "There is no substitute for the rule of law and human rights", Hontiveros added.

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