By Corina Oliquino | FilAm Star Correspondent
MANILA – According to the latest release of Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey through radio station dzBB, majority of Filipinos believe President Rodrigo Duterte is “better” than former President Benigno ‘Noynoy’ Aquino III.
According to the survey, 70 percent of those surveyed believe Duterte has performed better than Aquino, with only eight percent saying otherwise.
In a report by The Philippine Star, SWS asked the question, “Kung ikukumpara ang pag-ganap ni Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte sa kanyang tungkulin mula Hulyo 2016 sa pagkaganap ni dating pangulong Aquino mula Hulyo 2010 hanggang Hulyo 2016, masasabi n’yo ba na PRRD is better, the same, or PNoy is better?”
SWS noted that President Duterte has received the highest approval from those in his home region of Mindanao (86 percent), followed by Metro Manila (73 percent), Luzon (63 percent) and the Visayas (64 percent).
Former President Noynoy Aquino on the other hand, has obtained approval scores of 10 percent in Metro Manila, followed by Luzon and the Visayas at nine percent, respectively, and Mindanao at three percent.
The same survey has also noted that a majority of Filipinos or 69 percent of them has claimed that Duterte’s actions are appropriate for his position as President.
One in 10 or 13 percent of the respondents were undecided with Duterte’s actions as President while 18 percent said his actions were inappropriate.
When asked about the survey, Leo Laroza, director of the SWS Communications and Information Technology section, emailed The Philippine Star to note that SWS has not made any release regarding Philippine presidents other than its report last December 22.
The Daang Matuwid Legacy of PNoy
In the same report by The Philippine Star, Liberal Party (LP) lawmakers have disagreed with the results of the survey by arguing that nothing beats the daang matuwid legacy of former president Noynoy Aquino.
“PNoy achieved legacies that no popularity ratings can surpass – a vibrant and resilient economy which had rebounded from its moribund state, starting peace talks, universal health coverage, K-12, (bottom up budgeting, Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program),” lone Ifugao Rep. Teddy Baguilat told The Philippine Star.
“President Aquino, despite several controversies in his term such as (the Mamasapano massacre, Priority Development Assistance Fund, and Disbursement Acceleration Program) imbroglio – still managed to achieve the highest average trust ratings of any President,” Baguilat noted.
Baguilat also declared that “history will judge (Aquino) better, I’m sure.”
“Duterte might eventually surpass PNoy’s historical average trust ratings over the course of his term but what’s more important is not popularity but whether the high trust ratings would translate into strong legacies,” Baguilat added.