Tuesday 10 October 2017

Drop in the President's rating

The national headlines seem to chorus a report that blared that the ratings of Pres. Rodrigo “Digong” Duterte have slid down and I’m sure our readers must have read the statistics that the Social Weather Station (SWS) caused to publish in our national news. So for the record, “Six in 10 Filipinos or 67 percent of adult Filipinos said they were still satisfied with Pres. Duterte while 19 percent were dissatisfied, resulting in a net satisfaction score of “good” +48.

The remaining 14 percent of 1,500 respondents were undecided.” As usual or as expected, SWS did not explain the drop in the satisfaction ratings of the President and yes, they also do not tell you how their questionnaires were formulated. The only plausible explanation to this dip in the President’s popularity is that this happens to all Presidents a year after being in office.

By now, SWS must already know that many pundits suspect that their questions could be designed in such a way that it would end up with the desired results the survey company wants to get from the people. *
“Six in 10 Filipinos or 67 percent of adult Filipinos said they were still satisfied with Pres. Duterte while 19 percent were dissatisfied, resulting in a net satisfaction score of “good” +48." (photo credit to PDI)
More so SWS admits that that this survey was an “uncommissioned poll was conducted nationwide from Sept. 23 to 27, using face-to-face interviews of 1,500 adults 18 years old and above.” So there you are, the SWS is up to its old tricks trying to “influence” Filipinos to either continue to support Pres. Duterte or perhaps to drop Pres. Duterte. We know too well that SWS chief Mahar Mangahas was never shy in telling his friends that he always wanted to become kingmaker in controlling the outcome of their surveys.

Since this was an uncommissioned survey, I just hope that SWS does not have any ulterior motive by having this survey out at this time. For the record, the last few weeks developments have not been generally favorable to President Rodrigo Duterte, but in my book, his base of support remains solid. I would like to believe that the 16 million who voted for him in May 2016 are still there. There were just too many issues like the lack of reforms that continue to hound the Duterte Presidency.

Last Saturday, there was a huge rally in Cebu City at the Plaza Independencia by the group “Kilusang Pagbabago’s Lihok Suporta 2” in support of Pres. Duterte. Police sources say that there were only a thousand that joined the rally, while others go as high as 10,000. I was looking at the various photographic posts on Facebook by my friends who uploaded their photos and it is safe to say that at least 5,000 joined that rally, and it was raining that day. Perhaps if it didn’t rain, there could have been more people who could have joined the rally.  *

Cabinet Secretary Leoncio Evasco graced that rally and it was also attended by his friend, Cebu City Mayor Tomas Osmeña, who until now is perceived to be supportive of the Yellow Cult… but Evasco is a personal friend of the City Mayor. Now whether Mayor Osmeña was trying to get “pogi” points with Pres. Duterte through Sec. Evasco we can’t tell. But certainly that rally was in full support of Pres. Duterte.    

No, I didn’t join the rally because it was the baptism of my fifth grandchild and the birthday of my fourth grandchild. But I still support Pres. Duterte first of all, because we elected him to do a job and it is unfortunate that the Yellow cultists are trying their level best to scuttle, stymie or box in the President with so many issues, the majority of which are peddled by that traitor Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV whom many people perceive that his job in the Senate is 90 percent to demolish Pres. Duterte. That the Yellow cult has relied on the non-credibility of Sen. Trillanes is very pathetic to say the least.

Today the Yellow trolls are attacking Pres. Duterte for setting his sights on Chief Justice Lourdes Sereno and Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales. These are the same people who praised then Pres. Benigno “P-Noy” Aquino III for also setting his sights on former Ombudsman Merceditas Gutierrez, who resigned rather than face a grueling and embarrassing impeachment trial. These same Yellow trolls also sang Hosannas to P-Noy when he had the late Chief Justice Renato Corona impeached in less than an hour in Congress and eventually convicted using false or misleading evidences prepared by the Office of the Ombudsman.  *

Perhaps what the Yellow cultist does not understand even up to now is that their scare tactics that Pres. Duterte would be akin to the late Pres. Ferdinand Marcos and declare himself a dictator is something that the majority of Duterte supporters do not believe. In fact, somebody wrote (unfortunately I forgot who it was) in his Facebook page, “The people would rather support Pres. Duterte even if he turns dictator than see the Yellow cult leaders make a comeback.” This is due to the reality that Pres. Aquino and his supporters dabble in hypocrisy of the highest order! It is unfortunate that many smart people I know still support the Yellow cult as if they owed the Aquino family their lives!

How ignorant of these smart people.

The article was written by Mr. Bobit S. Avila of the Philippine Star “Du30’s dip in popularity” which was published October 10, 2017.

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