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Duterte’s ratings still high despite dip — Palace

MANILA, Philippines - Malacañang again shrugged off criticisms against President Duterte despite a drop in his performance and trust ratings in the latest Pu.....»»

Category: newsSource: philstar philstarApr 18th, 2017

Duterte’s ratings still high despite dip — Palace

MANILA, Philippines - Malacañang again shrugged off criticisms against President Duterte despite a drop in his performance and trust ratings in the latest Pu.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsApr 18th, 2017

Palace: People still support Duterte despite criticisms

MANILA, Philippines —  Malacañang said on Wednesday that the latest survey results showing high but declining trust and performance ratings for President Rod.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsApr 5th, 2017

Duterte approval, trust ratings take steep dive

MANILA: President Rodrigo 'Rody' Duterte's trust and approval ratings have taken a double-digit steep dive which Malacanang Palace blamed mainly on the unabated increase in the price.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsSep 27th, 2018

High prices pull down Duterte approval, trust ratings

Gut issues are pulling down the approval and trust ratings of President Rodrigo Duterte. His approval and trust ratings saw double-digit declines early this month, plunging to their lowest levels, as soaring prices of basic commodities hurt consumers, especially the poor, who spend a big part of their income on food. Results of a Pulse Asia survey released on Tuesday showed the President's approval and trust scores declining 13 points and 15 points, respectively, although a majority of Filipinos still approve of his work and expressed trust in him. The President's approval rating stood at 75 percent and trust rating at 72 percent, both his lowest since September 2016. His...Keep on reading: High prices pull down Duterte approval, trust ratings.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 26th, 2018

Humbled by SWS poll, Palace says Duterte will remain focused on job

Malacañang was unfazed by President Rodrigo Duterte's lower trust ratings in June and assured the public that the administration remains committed to its responsibilities......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 8th, 2018

Duterte defers to court, Palace on inflation, Serena Williams | Evening wRap

Today on Rappler: President Rodrigo Duterte decides to wait for the courts to issue an arrest warrant against Senator Sonny Trillanes, rather than order a military arrest. Malacañang downplays the record-high 6.4% inflation rate in August. Malacañang refuses to comment on a report that the ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsSep 8th, 2018

Duterte fires ‘high-ranking’ military official over ‘ghost deliveries’

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte fired a “high-ranking” military official over P1.5-million worth of “ghost deliveries,” his spokesman announced on Monday. In a television interview, Palace spokesman Harry Roque Jr. said Duterte has been “really aggrieved” by this corruption incident as the Armed Forces of the Philippines was “close to his heart.” But Roque did not give the [...] The post Duterte fires ‘high-ranking’ military official over ‘ghost deliveries’ appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsAug 13th, 2018

Ombudsman can dismiss his deputy, says Pimentel

Ombudsman Samuel Martires has the option to dismiss Overall Deputy Ombudsman Melchor Arthur Carandang from his post, but the latter could challenge the directive in the Supreme Court, Sen. Aquilino Pimentel III said on Monday. Pimentel, a lawyer, said Martires would not be defying the law by implementing the decision of the Office of the President sacking Carandang for disclosing the Ombudsman's investigation of President Rodrigo Duterte's bank transactions. "All of these [actions] have a presumption of regularity," Pimentel said in an interview. Should Martires proceed to dismiss Carandang, the latter could go to the high court to challenge the validity of the Palace directive,...Keep on reading: Ombudsman can dismiss his deputy, says Pimentel.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 6th, 2018

Duterte still in ‘honeymoon’

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte appears to be still in a honeymoon period despite a decline in surveys ratings. In fact, Duterte has managed to keep a high level of popularity in his two years in power. The just-released 2018 second quarter surveys by Social Weather Stations and Pulse Asia give a….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsJul 19th, 2018

Duterte, Leni ratings rise in June — Pulse Asia

President Duterte’ s performance rating hit a new record-high in the second quarter of the year despite criticisms against his administration’s tax reform law and his crackdown on tambays or street idlers, based on the latest Pulse Asia survey. Source link link: Duterte, Leni ratings rise in June — Pulse Asia.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsJul 14th, 2018

Duterte, Leni ratings rise in June — Pulse Asia

President Duterte’ s performance rating hit a new record-high in the second quarter of the year despite criticisms against his administration’s tax reform law and his crackdown on tambays or street idlers, based on the latest Pulse Asia survey......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 13th, 2018

Trillanes questions Pulse Asia s invalid survey method

Trillanes was apparently reacting to a Pulse Asia survey released earlier Friday that shows President Rodrigo Duterte's high approval and trust ratings. The survey, conducted from June 15 to 2.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsJul 13th, 2018

Trillanes doubts validity of Duterte& apos;s high ratings, Pulse Asia poll - GMA News

Trillanes doubts validity of Duterte's high ratings, Pulse Asia poll - GMA News.....»»

Category: newsSource:  googlenewsRelated NewsJul 13th, 2018

Opposition lawmakers: Drop in ratings due to inflation, marks end of Duterte myth

President Rodrigo Duterte recorded a personal low net satisfaction rating during the second quarter of the year, and opposition senators attributed this to the country's high inflation rate and the disappearance of what one lawmaker said as "the Duterte myth.".....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 11th, 2018

Duterte drop in satisfaction ratings doesn’t worry Palace—Roque

MALACAÑANG on Wednesday remained cool, calm and collected despite President Rodrigo Duterte’s slide in his satisfaction ratings. The Social Weather Systems (SWS) on Tuesday said there was an 11-point drop in Duterte’s satisfaction rating for the second quarter of 2018. In a radio interview aired over dzMM, Palace spokesman Harry Roque, Jr. said the Palace has a lot of [...] The post Duterte drop in satisfaction ratings doesn’t worry Palace—Roque appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsJul 11th, 2018

Palace spokesman rates Duterte s war on drugs 8.5 out of 10

Presidential spokesman Harry Roque gave President Duterte a high grade of 8.5 out of 10 in the war on illegal drugs, claiming that the controversial campaign is enjoying popular support in the country......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 10th, 2018

Popular Duterte toys with Philippine democracy

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte could leverage historic-high popularity ratings to impose an 'imperial' presidency with few checks or balances on his rule.........»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsJul 3rd, 2018

Duterte popularity puzzles solon

For Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman, it's perplexing that President Duterte has continued to enjoy a high popularity rating despite his "irreverence" for institutions, pro-China stance and violation of human rights. The President scored a net satisfaction rating of +56 during the first quarter this year, according to a Social Weather Stations survey taken from March 23 to 27. This is a two-point drop from his +58 rating last December. Both ratings were considered "very good." "It is a puzzle that despite the failure of President Rodrigo Duterte to deliver most of his campaign promises, his irreverence to established institutions, including the Catholic Church, his unpatriotic surrender ...Keep on reading: Duterte popularity puzzles solon.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 1st, 2018

Palace: Phl not taking soft stance on China

The Palace denied it is going soft on China amid reports of a resumption of build-up over disputed portions of the South China Sea (SCS) that foreign ministers of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) have criticized. Presidential spokesman Harry Roque said the Philippines shares Asean leaders’ concern regarding China’s aggressive actions on what is said to be the world’s busiest waterways.The recently concluded Asean foreign and defense ministers in Singapore issued a statement that did not name China but said that “land reclamations and activities in the area . . . have eroded trust and confidence, increased tensions and may undermine peace, security and stability in the region.” The Asean ministers resolved to expedite the code of conduct (CoC) on how to negotiate with China regarding overlapping maritime claims.“Asean’s concern on the Chinese build-up is right because Asean, as a regional bloc, wants to adhere to discussions pertaining to the code of conduct,” Roque said.“We cannot be not joining the call because the Philippines is one of those concerned in this campaign,” he added.Roque also disputed views that Manila is not among those insistent in pressing Beijing to speed up the CoC drafting. “We are not being too soft (on China) but we have an established policy on that. Number one, of course, is we are one with Asean in recognizing that this is a concern for all Asean countries. Particularly that of the freedom of navigation in the West Philippine Sea,” Roque said.“Our common concern is peace security and stability in one of the world’s busiest sea lanes,” he added.During Manila’s hosting of the Asean last year, President Duterte did not cite the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) ruling that nullified Beijing’s sweeping claim over nearly the entire South China Sea.It was the Philippine government that contested China’s nine-dash-line claim before the Hague court. China, however, refuses to recognize it.Apart from the Philippines, other Asean countries also have overlapping claims at the South China Sea including Vietnam, Malaysia and Brunei.Reclamation to continueChina in its known mouthpiece Global Times said Beijing is concentrating on civil and not military construction on islands in the South China Sea but insisted that the Chinese “will expand land reclamation.”“Most of the construction on islands in the South China Sea were completed in 2015 and the pace then slowed. Civilian facility construction is the major focus of the South China Sea islands building and the portion of defense deployment is relatively small,” Global Times quoted Chen Xiangmiao, a research fellow at the National Institute for the South China Sea.The size of some South China Sea islands will be further expanded in future through more dredging in the South China Sea region, Chen said.The relationship between China and other Southeast Asian countries, such as the Philippines, has becalmed in recent years, providing a golden opportunity for China to upgrade these areas, he said.China and the Philippines are enjoying good terms as President Rodrigo Duterte maintains a friendly policy toward China, Chen said. “But there is still some domestic pressure that urges Duterte to take a tough stance on China and the South China Sea issue,” Chen said.Foreign media like to hype China’s construction in the South China Sea as they try to make excuses to prevent China’s activities in this region, Zhuang Guotu, head of Xiamen University’s Southeast Asian Studies Center, told the Global Times.“China has the right to build whatever it needs within its territory,” Zhuang said.China’s military deployment in the South China Sea region was “not for military expansion,” but to defend its security and interests, he said.Zhuang and Chen warned the US is the biggest threat to stability in the South China Sea.“The US, Australia, Japan and other allies will constantly provoke China over this issue and that will incite other neighboring South China Sea countries to do the same,” Zhuang said.China’s construction projects in the region covered about 290,000 square meters in 2017, including new facilities for underground storage, administrative buildings and large radar, according to a report released in December on the nanhai.haiwainet.cn website run by the National Marine Data and Information Service and People’s Daily Overseas edition. No foreign vessels at BenhamThe Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) has not monitored any foreign vessels at the Philippine Rise, formerly known as Benham Rise, during its latest patrol in the area. Lt. Col. Isagani Nato, AFP-Northern Luzon Command (Nolcom) spokesman, said that based on the latest patrol conducted by Nolcom troops, there was no presence of foreign ships at Philippine Rise.“As of now, we don’t have a report that there is presence (of foreign vessels) in Benham Rise,” said Nato.Earlier, Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol announced that President Duterte has banned foreign ships at the Philippine Rise and ordered the military to patrol the area.The announcement came following an uproar from government critics after the Duterte administration allowed the Chinese to conduct scientific research at the Philippine Rise.Nato, however, said that Nolcom is yet to receive official order regarding the matter.But Nato maintained that with or without the latest directive, Nolcom has regularly conducted air and maritime patrols along Philippine Rise.Apart from Nolcom, the Air Force and the Philippine Navy, Nato said that the Philippine Coast Guard, the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) and the Philippine National Police-Maritime Group (PNP-MG) also conduct their own patrol in the area.He said the Nolcom uses air and naval assets of the Navy and the Air Force units under its jurisdiction.“We conduct our patrols regularly. It is a mandate of Nolcom forces so that is continuous with or without the directive from higher ups,” said Nato.According to Nato, Nolcom conducts three to four maritime and air patrol at Philippine Rise per month as part of the government efforts to secure the country’s maritime domain.ML ruling lauded, hitThe Supreme Court’s (SC) decision to uphold Mr. Duterte’s year-long martial law extension in Mindanao also drew mixed reactions.The High Court on Tuesday voted 10-5 junking militant groups’ petition and finding “sufficient factual basis” to extend martial law and suspend the privilege of wirt of habeas corpus in Mindanao until December 31, 2018.Roque welcomed the ruling saying that it affirms the need to continue protecting citizens from the threat of terrorist groups, primarily Islamic State (IS)-inspired fanatics.But for Left-leaning groups who petitioned the SC to lift martial law, the court decision opens up more crackdowns and human rights violations.The Palace official has insisted that human rights will be respected amid security operations.“The SC ruling underscores the unity of the whole government in its bid to defeat terrorism and prevent the spread in other parts of the country of DIWW and other like-minded local and foreign terrorist groups,” Roque said.“The majority of votes is a manifestation of confidence on law enforcement agencies that they shall, like they had been doing before, continue to protect our people, secure Mindanao, and pursue the bigger task of rehabilitation while upholding the rule of law, Human Rights, and International Humanitarian Law,” he added.Human rights watchdog Karapatan sees the contrary in the government’s motives, saying that the year-long military rule will boost attacks on the people.The continuous implementation of martial law in Mindanao will allow the unhampered massive rehabilitation in war-torn Marawi City and boost the security forces campaign to finish off the rebellion, the Department of National Defense (DND) said. In a statement, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said that the Supreme Court’s decision affirming the constitutionality of the one-year extension of martial law in Mindanao will definitely boost government efforts to rebuild Marawi City and address continuing rebellion.The defense chief welcomed the SC decision as a vote of confidence to the government security forces.“The DND – AFP is grateful for the trust and confidence of our public institutions and the support of the Filipino people,” said Lorenzana. Mario J. Mallari.....»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJun 7th, 2018

Rody OKs rice imports to augment NFA buffer

By Ted Tuvera and Angie M. Rosales President Duterte has allowed the National Food Authority (NFA) to import 250,000 metric tons of rice amid reports of a shortage in government stock of the staple grain.Inter-agency NFA Council chairman Cabinet Secretary Leoncio Evasco said Mr. Duterte has allowed the importation aside from an expected shipment of 325,000 MT of rice in February.“We have no option but to follow the President to activate the 250,000 MT on standby that will be on top of the 325,000 MT that will arrive anytime this month,” Evasco said.It turns out, however, that Presidential spokesman Harry Roque missed the President’s instruction to Evasco.Talking to reporters at Palace briefing, Roque said there is no need to import rice yet. “The point is, there’s already rice on its way, no need to authorize the standby order of 250,000 MT because there’s more than enough rice on its way to beef up the NFA stock,” Roque said. Claiming that there is no rice shortage, NFA administrator Jason Aquino said he plans to import rice to replenish the buffer stock.Notably, Evasco and Aquino had been at odds with each other on what mode of rice importation should be done.Evasco cited elements inside the NFA that manipulate importation processes to make money from it.Roque said that Evasco has nonetheless the trust of Mr. Duterte.“If he [Evasco] sees that there are rumblings because somebody wants to make money, so be it, but I’m happy that Secretary Evasco is on top of the situation,” Roque said. “He enjoys full trust and confidence of the President, that’s why until now the President has not commented on this issue because he trusts that Secretary Evasco will do what is best,” he added.Binay: ‘Get your acts together’Sen. Nancy Binay, however, urged agriculture officials to get their acts together on the reported shortage in rice supply of the NFA.Binay took note of the conflicting claims of NFA and Department of Agriculture (DA) officials on the status of NFA rice supply in the market.“My call is for them to hopefully talk. They should stop talking behind the back or blaming each other. It’s high time that they talk and settle the forecasting on the country’s rice stock,” she said.“I hope that DA (Department of Agriculture) Secretary (Manny) Piñol, the NFA Council, and the NFA leadership would sit down and discuss this matter. They should give priority to the need of the nation more than the internal issues among the different agencies,” Binay said.NFA spokesman Rebecca Olarte, last week, said that NFA-accredited rice retailers will not be able to sell NFA rice for the time being and confirmed that it has decided to temporarily discontinue issuing NFA rice to accredited retailers due to low supply.Piñol and Evasco belied the rice shortage, insisting that there is no shortfall on the rice supply in the country and they even said that there are enough stocks for consumption for the next 96 days.“My only concern is that we do not need to reach the stage when the poor can’t buy NFA rice. I guess it is a wakeup call for everybody,” said Binay.The senator herself attested the apparent lack in supply of NFA rice as she tried to purchase some for distribution as relief goods and was told that the price increased from P1,400 to P1,600 per sack.Binay supported the move taken by Sen. Cynthia Villar in conducting an investigation on whether there’s “artificial” rice supply shortage to effect an increase in the price of NFA rice in the market.Meanwhile, the government is expecting palay or paddy rice harvest of 3 million metric tons in the first quarter, which will augment the 2.8 million metric ton surplus from 2017, Agriculture Secretary Emanuel Piñol told DZMM.Piñol said there was no shortage in subsidized rice sold by the NFA, adding raising prices due to an alleged lack in supply amounted to “daylight robbery. Jason Faustino.....»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJun 7th, 2018