Trust and satisfaction surveys could be part of a plot to destabilize the government, former Senator Bongbong Marcos said. The vice presidential hopeful explains to the press that approval ratings might be meant to turn public opinion against the President. Du30 is very vocal of his preference when it comes to his successor. He wants Marcos to continue the fight – making him an easy target for Liberal media propaganda.
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“This is a way of making the mindset to say that maybe we should destabilize Duterte because he’s not popular anyway,” Marcos said. “It’s very clear that there are groups that are working very hard to destabilize Duterte’s government. Now, I don’t know, maybe this (the survey) is part of it. But this is all speculation,” he added.
The President’s Rating Drop
President Du30’s ratings dropped in the most recent Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey, even as he maintained high approval and trust scores with another pollster, Pulse Asia. SWS has no comment on Marcos’ speculation. However, it previously said that such a drop is “a normal phenomenon for all past presidents.”
Views of the Opposition
Critics of the President said that the decline in ratings showed dissatisfaction with the war on drugs and failure to deliver on promises. They also cite slow solutions to traffic and stopping ‘endo’ (end of contract) employment among others. There are many attempts to duplicate the EDSA revolution but this time, they also failed many times. The President’s popularity cannot be withered because of the people’s dissatisfaction with the Aquino’s two presidential terms.
Just a Matter of Interpretation
Marcos added that while he believes in hard data, there are many ways to interpret them. “The art is in the interpretation… I don’t know that those who are doing the interpreting right are very objective,” he said. The Aquino patriarch, Ninoy Aquino was the mastermind of media propaganda against his father. There is a pattern that such technique is again upon the Du30 administration.