Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte with Vice President Leni Robredo.


Malacañang elated by news that Duterte topped Time’s most influential poll


MANILA – On the same day that he topped Time magazine’s online poll of the100 Most Influential Persons in the world, a new Philippine survey showed that President Rodrigo Duterte continued to enjoy the approval and trust of majority of Filipinos.

Duterte’s approval and trust ratings was at 78 percent last month and 76 percent this month.

Malacañang expressed elation over the news about Duterte having topped Time’s online survey. The international magazine will announce on Wednesday its 100 Most Influential Persons chosen by the editors.

Meanwhile, the latest Pulse Asia survey revealed that out of 1,200 respondents polled nationwide, 78 percent approved of Duterte’s performance as of last month, down by five points from 83 percent in December while 76 percent trusted the President, a decrease of seven points from 83 percent also last December.

Vice President Maria Leonor Robredo’s approval ratings was at 58 percent as of last month, a four-percent decline from 62 percent in December while her trust ratings went down from 58 percent in December 2016 to 56 percent last month.

On the Time online poll, Presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella said in a statement: “What makes President Rodrigo R. Duterte so admired by Filipinos and international leaders alike is his national agenda—he has prioritized public interest first and foremost, especially the needs and aspirations of the poor and common people.”

“With or without the distinction, the President continues to be a hardworking government worker and faithful servant of the Filipino people. In positive terms, he has a simple three-point agenda: prosperity for all; restore trust in government; build a fair and equitable society,” he also said.

“Indeed, Filipinos find in the President a kindred spirit—a leader who acts for the common good,” Abella added. GAC/Expat Media


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