COVID-19 issues behind drop in Duterte’s satisfaction rating, says VP’s spokesperson
MANILA, Philippines — The people’s worries amid the COVID-19 pandemic may have contributed to the drop in President Rodrigo Duterte’s satisfaction rating, Vice President Leni Robredo’s camp said on Sunday.
Based on a survey conducted by the Social Weather Stations, Duterte’s net satisfaction rating slipped to 52 percent, the lowest since June 2018.
“Mahirap sabihin pero tingin ko, pinaka-klaro naman talaga diyan, pagod na mga tao. Pagod na mga tao na halos dalawang taon na, parang nandito pa rin tayo. Lalo na ‘pag nakikita mo o nababalitaan mo ‘yung mga kamag-anak mo sa ibang bansa na sa kanila hindi na sila nagma-mask. Nakakaikot na sila nang mas malaya. Bumalik na sila sa trabaho. Tapos dito, tayo hindi lang naka-mask, naka-face shield ka pa,” Robredo’s spokesperson Atty. Barry Gutierrez said during the BISErbisyong LENI program on DZXL.
(It is hard to say but I think, what is clear is that people are tired. They are tired that for almost two years, we’re still here. You will see or hear your relatives in other countries, they do not wear face masks anymore. They can freely roam. They returned to work. While we are here, not only wearing masks, we are also using face shields.)
“Feeling ko madami nang nabibigatan, madami nang napapagod dito sa paulit-ulit na—at syempre, ang ‘di natin maiwasan dito ‘yung pangamba pa,” he added.
(I think many people are burdened and tired of this, and of course, we cannot avoid worrying.)
Gutierrez said that people are concerned how long the pandemic’s effects would still be felt such as the risk of being infected and losing jobs.
He noted that the COVID-19 pandemic could also affect children as schools in the country are have been closed for almost two years.
Gutierrez said that many learners are struggling with the distance learning scheme.
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