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Sorry Abella: Duterte shouldn’t expect love; a president must earn respect, do a good job – SWS

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There’s a reason why polling firms like Social Weather Station call their polls on presidential performance trust and satisfaction surveys.

Social Weather Stations president Mahar Mangahas said presidents should not expect to get love from their constituents.

Presidential Spokesperson Ernie Abella had used the term “love” to downplay the steep plunge in the President Rodrigo Duterte’s net satisfaction and trust ratings while stressing the steady admiration from his core supporters.

He said the drop in the President’s rating from “very good” in June 2017 to “good” in September 2017 was expected “given the fact that people start measuring their expectations usually after the honeymoon period, or after a year in office.”

“These things usually happen. This is traditionally happening after a year, a year and a half, and you know, the love is still there,” Abella said in a briefing Monday.

But Mangahas thinks Abella has it all mixed up.

In an interview with ANC’s Karen Davila, Mangahas said: “That’s (love) a nice term but we don’t use love… we should try it in a survey next year.”

“A president is not supposed to expect love but he is expected to earn respect and give satisfactory service,” Mangahas added.

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