Robredo's rating plunged considerably, Duterte's unchanged despite virulent attacks

Wednesday April 12, 2017 ()
Robredo ratings down

A Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey held several days after a United Nations (UN) human rights event played a video message of Leni Robredo condemning President Duterte's war on drugs and alleging that the Philippine National Police (PNP) is engaged in the "palit-ulo" scheme substituting relatives to fugitive drug traffickers, Robredo's net satisfaction grade plunged 11 percentage points to a "moderate" 26.

Robredo's rating drop was the result of 53 percent of respondents satisfied in her performance against 27 percent dissatisfied based on SWS' netting scheme.

The same pollster released the other day the results of a survey on Mr. Duterte showing a net grade of 63 out of a high satisfaction rating of 75 percent and 12 percent dissatisfied. Mr. Duterte's grade did not change from the previous survey done last December despite the continuous criticisms hurled at him by his local and foreign critics, including the Robredo video.

Robredo's satisfaction grade suffered the most among top officials aside from the President based on the SWS survey results released yesterday, April 10, 2017.

The survey also noted a slight decline on the ratings of other top government officials however, Robredo was the one who took the biggest drop.

A spokesman for Robredo claimed the survey results continued to show support for Robredo while her partymates at the Liberal Party (LP) blamed the ratings slide on the "black propaganda" against her.

Mr. Duterte, however, was the subject of more virulent attacks from local and foreign detractors which the Palace branded as "vicious noise" that included the filing of an impeachment complaint against him last March 16; the Senate appearance of a self-confessed but perjured assassin, SPO3 Arturo Lascanas who pointed to Mr. Duterte being behind extrajudicial killings in Davao City when he was mayor and the creation of the Davao Death Squad (DDS); human rights reports highly critical of the Duterte administration's campaign against illegal drug traffickers and the internationally aired Robredo video.

LP senators still maintained that black propaganda took its toll on Robredo's standing and the 11-point drop in her net satisfaction rating was an anticipated effect.

"This was expected with all the black propaganda against her, but it only affected a smaller percentage of the respondents, as the majority are still supportive of Robredo," Senator Bam Aquino, who served as Robredo's campaign manager during last year's vice presidential elections said in a text message to reporters.

Meanwhile, spokesman for Robredo Georgina Hernandez said the decline only serves as "a steady reminder that there are more families and communities to reach out to."

"We take every survey as a continuing challenge to do better and make a bigger difference in the lives of the marginalized," she said in a statement.

"We are grateful for the continued trust of our fellow Filipinos in the recent SWS Satisfaction Ratings," Hernandez added. "The support of the majority is an encouragement to Leni Robredo, who is working with communities and partners to address poverty around the country," she said.

LP President Francis Pangilinan, said the ratings dip on Robredo was understandable and claimed that even President Duterte was earlier reported to have suffered a seven-point drop in his net satisfaction ratings.

Pangilinan was referring to a survey of Pulse Asia released last April 5 which ran a different survey that showed Mr. Duterte's performance rating retreated five points nationally from 83 percent in December 2016 to 78 percent in March and his trust rating also dropping seven points, from 83 percent last December to 76 percent in March.

LP rationalizes confidence loss on VP

"The 11-point drop means that a segment of the population may not be in agreement with a number of positions she has taken but that is expected as well," he said.

Yet, the former president Aquino himself practically took cognizance of the significance of the percentage drop in satisfaction ratings of Robredo, who along with a number of several other government officials suffered the same decline in popularity standing.

Considering that the alleged demolition jobs perpetrated against Robredo has somehow affected public perception on her, Aquino urged the Robredo's camp not to take the matter sitting down and strongly advised them to rebound. Her office needs to continue pushing her agenda of uplifting the lives of marginalized countrymen, Aquino stressed. "And find a way to ensure that the message of hope and solidarity is louder than the mudslinging done by her detractors," he said.

The survey was conducted in March 25 to 28 via face-to-face interviews with 1,200 adults nationwide with a sampling error margin of plus and negative three percent.

Robredo is currently facing an impeachment rap over a video message she sent to a United Nations side session in Vienna, Austria last month wherein she criticized the controversial "palit-ulo" scheme amid President Rodrigo Duterte's drug war.

A group of lawyers and several allies of Duterte tagged this as a betrayal of public trust pressing it as ground for Robredo's impeachment. Last week, pro-Duterte groups staged a rally at the Quirino Grandstand calling for the ouster of Robredo.

Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III also saw a decline in his net satisfaction ratings from previous quarter's "good" to "moderate".

During 2016's fourth quarter survey, Pimentel obtained a +30 rating to +29 for this year's first quarter. Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno's satisfaction rating dropped 2 points staying "moderate" at +14 from +16 last December. In contrast, House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez's ratings showed a slight gain from his +10 "moderate" to +12 moderate.

Sources:

  • Leni's SWS rating dip after UN video pitch by Joyce Ann L. Rocamora and Angie M. Rosales, April 12, 2017, The Daily Tribune

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