Senators Chiz Escudero, Bam Aquino and Franklin Drilon spoke their mind out as to why President Rodrigo Duterte’s net trust dropped by 18 points in the latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey.
According to the third quarter SWS survey conducted from September 23-27 through face-to-face interviews among 1,500 adults (18 years old and above) nationwide, President Duterte’s net satisfaction fell to “good” from June’s “very good” rating.
In an ambush interview on Monday, Senator Francis “Chiz” Escudero said that the president’s “arrogant and insensitive officials” administering the government’s campaign against illegal drugs were partly to blame for the decline in his satisfaction ratings.
“Yung drug war, dapat bawasan ng konti lalo na sa parte ng kanyang mga opisyal—‘yung pagiging manhid, arogante at tila walang pakialam,” the senator said.
“Dapat mas maging sensitibo sila lalo na buhay ng ating mga kababayan ang involved dito, tulak man o hindi,” Escudero added.
Meanwhile, Senator Bam Aquino commented that the commander-in-chief’s ratings was affected by the Philippine National Police’s (PNP) approach in the so-called war on drugs.
“Marami nang Pilipino ang natatakot na maging collateral damage ng drug war,” the senator noted.Aquino also added that the President should not take this for granted for he believes that this is now the time wherein the Malacañang should hear out the trepidations of the people regarding the killings happening in the society.
“The President should not take this for granted. Panahon na upang makinig ang Malacañang sa pangamba ng taumbayan ukol sa patayan sa ating mga komunidad,” he added.
On the other hand, Senate Minority leader Franklin Drilon told the reporters that the negative results of the survey were something Duterte inflicted upon himself.
“Sa akin, self-inflicted ito ngunit ito’y isang survey lamang. I will not pass judgment until the next one or two surveys because that will show the trend,” the senator said.
“Ito’y dapat tingnan nang husto ng pamahalaan, because while it is just one survey and is not reflective of the trend, they should re-examine their policies and the execution of these policies before these continued declines become a trend,” he added.