Forget the surveys, 1Sambayan says Duterte’s approval ratings going down in the grassroots
MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte’s “popularity” seen in surveys will eventually decline as citizens start to look back on his unfulfilled promises in the previous years, opposition coalition 1Sambayan said on Friday.
“Sa tingin ko ang rating na yan ay unti-unting bababa yan at hindi na yan ma-transfer sa sino man na kanilang ie-endorse na kandidato,” the coalition’s Partido ng Manggagawa representative Rene Magtubo said in a virtual press briefing hosted by 1Sambayan.
(I think that rating will eventually slowly shrink and will not be transferred to any candidate they will be endorsing.)
Magtubo said that the president’s “lies” during his term will be revealed if laborers from basic sectors were asked to think about how their lives changed in the past five years.
“Aminin natin na marami paring naniniwala sa mga white lies at pambobola, matapos ang limang taon. Pero unti unti na nalalantad after five years kapag tinanong mo ang mga basic sectors ng mga manggagawa: ‘ano ang nangyari sa buhay mo after five years?’” Magtubo said.
(Let’s admit that many still believe white lies even after five years. But this will slowly be revealed if you ask the workers in basic sectors: ‘What has happened in your life after five years?’)
Magtubo also said the coalition is of the belief citizens would become aware of the government’s “false promises” if they were to assess them, such as the much-touted campaign promises to end labor contractualization, elevate the standard of living in terms of wages, and respecting human rights.
“After ng five years na in-asses ng mamamayan ano ang nangyari sa buhay nila, malalantad at malalantad ang katiwalian,” the convener added.
(After five years of the citizens assessing the changes in their lives, corruption will be revealed.)
Duterte’s ‘declining popularity’
1Sambayan’s representative from the urban poor, Cherry Barnuevo, said the question is not on Duterte’s popularity and the results of surveys but on the people who still believe his “lies.”
“Kung kayo po ay magpupunta sa totoong buhay at totoong komunidad, makikita at makikita natin na marami na po ang hindi naniniwala,” Barnuevo said.
(If you go to real life and real communities, you will see that many do not believe.)
The president’s performance in the country’s fight against the COVID-19 pandemic had a 91 percent approval rate in a 2020 Pulse Asia survey in October.
Social Weather Stations (SWS) last survey results in March 2020 which covered the fourth quarter of 2019 showed a positive 73 net satisfaction rating for Duterte.
Though SWS and Pulse Asia have yet to release Duterte’s approval rating for 2021, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio and the president led the list of Filipinos’ top bets for president and vice president in the 2022 national elections survey.
According to Pulse Asia, the election survey was conducted on 2,400 respondents from June 7 to 16.
In a press briefing after the survey results, Presidential spokesman Harry Roque thanked the public for supporting the President and his daughter, saying the survey results are proof that the Filipinos still believe in the President’s leadership despite the flak from critics.
But Barnuevo said that they do not believe the surveys as they were “lies,” as she issued a challenge for government to approach the “real respondents.”
“Kung dati siya ang nagmumura sa mga Pilipino, ngayon siya na ang minumura namin. Siya na po ang nakakatikim ng PI, kaya sa totoo lang po, yang sinasabi nila na mga survey survey na yan, kami po ay hindi naniniwala jan. Pumunta kayo sa totoong dapat niyo i-survey,” Barnuevo said.
(If before he was the one who is cursing Filipinos, now we are the ones cursing him. He is now the one receiving PIs. In reality, we do not believe those surveys. Go to the real respondents who you should survey.)
Duterte is to deliver his fifth and last State of the Nation Address on July 26. — Faith Yuen Wei Ragasa, trainee
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