By Genalyn Kabiling
President Duterte continues to enjoy public support despite his controversial rape because the people “get him,” a Palace official said Monday.
“It’s pleasant news,” Presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella said in a Palace press conference after a latest survey showed the President earned the highest approval rating.
“How come there’s such a high approval rating? Simply because of that. That he gets them and they get him,” he added.
The latest Pulse Asia survey showed the President’s public approval rating has reached 82 percent, the highest among the top government officials covered by poll. At least 13 percent of the survey respondents were undecided about Duterte’s performance while 5 percent disapproved his leadership.
Abella said the President would not claim sole credit for the high public approval rating, adding he would also recognize the contributions of the Cabinet and the rest of the government workforce.
The survey results were released shortly after the President drew criticisms from some groups for making light of rape in a recent public event.
Abella however explained that the President was not making a joke but was actually being sarcastic in denouncing the audacity of a person to commit rape even though knowing he would die. He added the President made a serious and “very forceful” statement against criminals.
“People have made regarding that matter, but as we have already seen, the President is more than just jokes. The majority of the people, especially the masses, really get him,” he said.
“There are those, of course, who tend to zero in on certain details, but as far as the public is concerned and they are the ones who really need – who really approve of him – they find the President as somebody who understands them, who has their common interest – the common good at heart,” Abella added.
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