Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte.


Do Filipinos still believe in Duterte? Here’s what new survey reveals


MANILA – A recent survey which showed that more Filipinos say their lives have improved is proof that President Rodrigo Duterte is definitely doing his job, Communications Secretary Martin Andanar said.

Andanar made this comment on Sunday as he welcomed the first quarter 2019 Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey which found 38 percent of adult Filipinos have said their lives improved in the last 12 months.

The same survey also found 45 percent of adults were optimistic that the Philippine economy will improve in the next 12 months.

“The survey shows that the President is doing something right — their lives are improving, there are fewer poor,” said Andanar in an interview over DZBB.

Citing an older SWS survey, he also pointed out that 78 percent of Filipinos are satisfied with the Duterte administration’s crackdown on illegal drugs.

“Our citizens can feel that whatever the President says, he does,” Andanar said.

Andanar said problems such as drugs, criminality, and corruption have been ignored by previous administrations until Duterte decided to put his foot down.

He also reassured the public that Duterte always had the Filipinos’ best interests at heart.

“Our citizens support everything the president does,” Andanar said. PNA/AP


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