DESPITE his many profanity-laced outbursts and clashes with international leaders, Philippines’ tough-talking President Rodrigo Duterte has received sterling reviews from his countrymen for his first 100 days in office.
According to local media reports, a survey measuring public satisfaction of his performance put support for the intrepid leader at an average of +64 percent, a ranking classified as “very good”.
In a breakdown of the survey by the Social Weather Stations (SWS), an impressive three quarters or 76 percent of voting-age Filipinos declared themselves satisfied with Duterte’s work so far.
Only one tenth or 11 percent said they were dissatisfied, while 13 percent said they were still undecided.
According to Inquirer, the results of the survey conducted between Sept 24 and 27 were released through BusinessWorld, which partners with SWS.
The report said the overall mark of +64 percent given to Duterte was a “net satisfaction rating” derived by subtracting the percentage of those dissatisfied from the percentage of those satisfied and then rounding off the figure.
GMA News said SWS classifies net satisfaction ratings of above +70 as “excellent”; between +50 and +69 as “very good”; between +30 and +49 as “good”; between +10 and +29 as “moderate”; between +9 and -9 as “neutral”; between -10 and -29 as “poor”; between -30 and -49 as “bad”; between -50 and -69 as “very bad”; and between -70 and below as “execrable”.
Duterte’s “very good” score puts him above many of his predecessors, and second highest of all the presidents who served after the EDSA revolution in 1986.
Four other presidents have received the same “very good” rating during their respective terms: Benigno Aquino III at +60 percent; Joseph Estrada also at +60 percent, and Corazon Aquino at +53 percent. Only Fidel Ramos received a higher net rating than Duterte, at +66 percent.
Gloria Arroyo, who claimed power after Estrada was ousted in 2001, only received a “moderate” satisfaction rating of +24 percent.
A further breakdown of Duterte’s performance showed that the politician was given “excellent” support in Mindanao with 88 percent saying they were satisfied with his work, while only 4 percent disagreed.
Elsewhere, Duterte received positive ratings in Visayas at 62 percent, Metro Manila at 58 percent an Luzon at 57 percent.
Duterte, who won the presidency in May, will mark his 100th day in office on Oct 8.
Since coming to power, the leader has embarked on a highly-controversial crackdown on the country’s narcotics trade, a war that has claimed the lives of more than 3,000 suspected drug dealers, pushers and users so far. More than 600,000 others have surrendered voluntarily.
Despite the success rate, Duterte’s unorthodox methods have earned him the ire of the international community and global rights groups, who are lobbying hard against him. He has also crossed swords with world leaders like U.S. President Barack Obama, who he dubbed “son of a bitch” last month and more recently this week, told to “go to hell”.