Duterte still enjoys people’s trust—Palace
President Rodrigo Duterte still has the support of the people.
Malacañang issued this statement on Tuesday after a newspaper report claimed former US Ambassador to the Philippines Philip Goldberg made a “blueprint to undermine” Mr. Duterte’s six-month-old administration.
Ernesto Abella, the President’s spokesperson, said the US State Department had already denied participation in a supposed plot to unseat the President.
“The President continues to enjoy the trust of the people and… (they) apparently appreciate what he’s doing,” Abella told a news briefing.
He also pointed out that Goldberg himself purportedly admitted that ousting Mr. Duterte would be “difficult.”
Asked if he agreed with the former US ambassador’s assessment, Abella said: “I don’t have any opinion. I’m just a spokesperson. I don’t need to agree.”
Despite the spiraling drug killings in the country, Mr. Duterte has kept his popularity as he registered “excellent” ratings in recent surveys./rga
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