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Sobra na! Duterte drop in survey a ‘cry for help,’ Aquino says

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By Xave Gregorio

Opposition Senator Paolo Benigno “Bam” Aquino IV said the 11-point drop of President Rodrigo Duterte’s satisfaction rating in the latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey is a “cry for help” amid the rising prices of goods.

“Paalala po ito sa ating Pangulo mula sa ating mga kababayan na nalulunod sa taas presyo na pakinggan ang kanilang hiling na ipreno na ang TRAIN (Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion,)” Aquino said in a statement Wednesday (July 11).

“Senyales ito na lalo nang nahihirapan sa buhay ang mga Pilipino. Bigyan natin sila ng kaunting ginhawa,” he said further.

The second quarter SWS survey showed that Duterte’s net satisfaction rating dipped to a “good” 45 percent — the lowest ever for the President so far.

According to the survey conducted from June 27 to 30, 65 percent of the 1,200 polled were satisfied with Duterte, while 15 percent were unsatisfied. The sum of these two numbers is what the SWS calls the net satisfaction rating.

In a series of tweets, Senate President Vicente “Tito” Sotto III questioned the SWS’ method of arriving at the net satisfaction rating.

“I wonder- why do some survey groups subtract dissatisfaction with satisfaction then call it NET [satisfaction rating?] Yun bang hindi bumoto binabawas din sa bumoto? Ibawas nyo na rin yun undecided!” Sotto tweeted.

In a text message, Sotto echoed Duterte on the survey, saying the President does not care about ratings.

“He never did. He will just keep on working and doing what he thinks is right,” Sotto said.

Meanwhile, opposition Senator Antonio Trillanes IV said the drop in the President’s satisfaction ratings indicate that the “Duterte myth is gone.”

“The people have finally seen the light. It took the rising cost of living to expose Duterte as nothing more than a one-trick pony,” Trillanes said in a statement.

He expects that Duterte’s survey ratings would continue its descent as the SWS survey supposedly does not reflect the government crackdown on tambays, the President’s tirades against God and fare hikes.

For his part, Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto said Duterte’s drop in the latest SWS survey is “expected” as this has “always been the trend.”

However, Recto noted that Duterte’s approval rating is still “very good,” but warned that he should use his political capital wisely.

“Fighting the Church and calling God stupid is unnecessarily utilizing political capital. The first job of the president is to unite our people,” he said in a text message.

“Federalism will further divide us. [It] may even destroy whatever [economic] gains we have achieved. He must use his political capital in reforming our institutions and addressing inequity in society while promoting sustained [economic] growth etc,” he continued.