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Ratings all up for Rody after ML call — Pulse

His quick and decisive action to suppress an Islamic State (IS)-inspired siege of Marawi City by declaring martial law in Mindanao boosted President Duterte’s approval rating of 82 percent, up four percent from the previous survey along with an 81 percent trust rating based on the latest Pulse Asia survey held in June. 

A significant turn in the survey was Senate President Aquilino Pimentel, a partymate of Mr. Duterte, overtaking Vice President Leni Robredo in the approval rating at 62 against 61 respectively.
Robredo’s approval rating rose by 3 percentage points but it was overshadowed by Pimentel’s seven percentage points increase during the period.
Pulse Asia said the survey was conducted from June 24 to 29 or more than a month after Mr. Duterte issued Proclamation 216 that imposed martial law in Mindanao.

The survey showed Duterte and Pimentel receiving consistently high approval ratings in the National Capital Region and the three major island groups, and across all social classes, the survey said.
Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez received a trust rating of 41 percent while Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno brought the rear with 43 percent.
Presidential Spokesman Ernesto Abella said Duterte’s high approval rating is a reflection of how people understand the President.
“They get him,” Abella said.
The President’s trust score also rose by five percentage points to 81 percent in June from 76 percent recorded in March.
Almost perfect in Mindanao
The survey showed Mr. Duterte registered the highest performance and trust ratings of 95 percent and 97 percent, respectively, in his bailiwick in Mindanao, despite the region being placed under martial law.
The President got an approval rating of 84 percent in Visayas, 80 percent in Manila, and 75 percent in the rest of Luzon.
Mr. Duterte also obtained a trust score of 81 percent in Manila, and 73 percent in the rest of Luzon.
Other significant events covered during the poll period were the June 2 attack on Resorts World Manila by a former employee of the Department of Finance that killed 38 individuals; and the downgrading of charges against policemen involved in the killing of former Albuera, Leyte mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr.
Pulse Asia said the survey has a plus and minus three percentage points error margin at the 95 percent confidence level. Subnational estimates for Metro Manila, Balance Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao have a plus and minus six percentage points error margin at 95 percent confidence level.
Presidential Spokesman Abella said the latest survey result is “pleasant news” for the Palace.
“Well, of course, you know, at the end of the day, he will not claim it for himself,” Abella told reporters at a press briefing in Malacañan.
“He will give due credit to his Cabinet and to the participation of all agencies,” he added.
Koko credits whole Senate
Pimentel said that the seven percent jump in his approval ratings is a tribute to the performance of all senators, and not just himself.
Pulse Asia’s June 2017 Nationwide Survey on the Performance and Trust Ratings of the Top Five National Officials and Key Government Institutions, released on Monday, showed Pimentel receiving a 62 percent approval rating, a significant increase over the 55 percent he received in the March 2017 edition of the same survey.
“I am glad that 62 percent approve of my work as Senate President, especially since I do not have a professional PR team dedicated to positively promoting my image. However, since I was rated on my performance as Senate President, the credit must go to the entire Senate, the majority and the minority included,” Pimentel said.
He said the public appreciated the accomplishments of the Senate which were achieved by senators working as part of a collegial body.
“Hence, I would like to congratulate all the other senators for their hard work. Thanks must also be given to the media for bringing to the public’s attention all that we are doing in the Senate,” he added.
Pimentel’s trust rating also improved to 58 percent, higher than the 55 percent he received in the previous survey.
Under Pimentel’s watch, the Senate registered an improvement in its approval rating as an institution, with 59 percent of respondents approving of the Senate’s work, compared to 55 percent in March.
Pimentel has served as Senate President for almost a year, steering the Senate through its Centennial Year and the various issues it encountered this year.
In his message to the Senate during the sine die adjournment of the First Regular Session of the 17th Congress, Pimentel outlined the achievements of the Senate, while cautioning his fellow lawmakers, their staff, and the officials and employees of the Senate Secretariat that their work is not yet done.
The Senate is expected to tackle the Comprehensive Tax Reform Package proposed by the Department of Finance and the shift to Federalism when it opens its Second Regular Session on July 24, along with other bills that remain pending.
Leni cites majority support
Robredo said the latest Pulse Asia poll results showed she continues to enjoy majority support.
The Office of the Vice President said in a statement on Monday that it is “grateful for and humbled by” the trust of Filipinos.
“We view these higher ratings as an affirmation of the work we have been doing over the past year. Through the Angat Buhay program, our office has consistently pushed forward the vision of uniting various groups and sectors to uplift the lives ordinary Filipinos,” said the OVP.
“This further strengthens our resolve to keep working hard to reach out to our fellow Filipinos — to listen to their concerns, to uphold their interests, and to engage them as partners for building a better, fairer society for all, especially the last, the least, and the lost.”

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