Duterte’s trust, approval ratings slip amid BuCor, ‘ninja cops’ scandals

Duterte’s trust, approval ratings slip amid BuCor, ‘ninja cops’ scandals

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President Rodrigo Duterte’s trust and approval ratings suffered significant decreases in the third quarter amid controversies involving the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) and so called “ninja cops.”

Results of Pulse Asia’s latest survey showed Duterte’s trust rating dropping 11 points from 85 percent in September from 74 percent in June.

His trust rating declined in all geographic areas except in his bailiwick, Mindanao.

Duterte’s approval rating likewise slipped to 78 percent in September from 85 percent in June.

Disapproval for Duterte’s performance jumped by five points in the third quarter from three percent to eight percent, while those undecided about how he worked rose from 11 percent to 14 percent.

Pulse Asia conducted the survey from September 16 to 22 using face-to-face interviews with a sample of 1,200 representative adults aged 18 years old and above.

It has an error margin of ± 2.8 percent at the 95-percent confidence level.

The survey was conducted just as the Senate was investigating the alleged anomalies inside BuCor, including the “GCTA (Good Conduct Time Allowance) for sale” modus involving bribing BuCor officials to shorten an inmate’s prison sentence.

The Senate’s investigation also touched on “ninja cops,” or policemen who allegedly resell seized illegal drugs.

Duterte has fired Nicanor Faeldon as BuCor chief over the controversies at the New Bilibid Prison.

However, he has continued to express trust in Philippine National Police (PNP) chief General Oscar Albayalde even if he has been accused of covering up for 13 Pampanga policemen involved in an alleged anomalous drug operation in 2013.

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