President Rodrigo Duterte still enjoys a rating of good satisfaction and public trust despite a slide in satisfaction rating.
Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary made the comment in response to a slide by 18 percent of President Duterte’s satisfaction and public trust in the latest survey by the Social Weather Station (SWS).
Secretary Andanar said the Palace respects the SWS survey and considers it as a barometer and guide for all people of the government to work even harder.
“We respect SWS and we know the SWS is scientific,” said Andanar in an interview with Orly Mercado in his program All Ready over DWFM.
“Like what I mentioned, surveys are the snapshot of a particular given time. At alam naman natin during that time, two days after the National Day of Protest talagang maingay po talaga ang ating media environment, at pulitikahan mula doon sa oposisyon hanggang sa administrasyon, batuhan ng putik,” he added.
Here’s the complete transcript:
Interview with PCOO Secretary Martin Andanar by Orly Mercado in his program All Ready over DWFM on October 9, 2017
ORLY: Martin, good morning.
SE.C ANDANAR: Good morning Ka Orly.
ORLY: Okay, pakibigay mo sa amin ang reaksyon ng Malacañang dito sa latest survey sa SWS?
SEC. ANDANAR: Naiintindihan natin, Ka Orly, dahil ang honeymoon period ng ating Pangulo na isang taon ay tapos na; pero sa gitna ng realidad na tapos na iyong honeymoon period ng ating Pangulo ay good pa rin ang satisfaction at public trust ay very good pa rin.
At dapat maintindihan din natin na ginawa po itong survey two days after noong National Day of Protest nung September 21 – September 23 hanggang 27. At alam naman natin na…really surveys are taken as snapshots of that particular moment at siyempre maingay ang pulitika during that time, maraming mga issues ang pinag-uusapan. So, we understand kung bakit iyan nangyari. Pero ganunpaman, we accept this as a barometer, as a kumbaga a guide post for all of us in government to work harder, to focus on what we are doing and of course also to accept criticisms constructively; at maganda ito dahil scientific survey ito. And this will only be a guide for government to continue doing its programs for change.
ORLY: So hindi n’yo naman sinisisi ang SWS, hindi n’yo naman sinasabing incredible o kaya ay hindi dapat paniwalaan ang survey, as far as Malacañang is concerned?
SEC. ANDANAR: Oo, we are not saying that. We respect SWS and we know the SWS is scientific. Like what I mentioned, surveys are the snapshot of a particular given time. At alam naman natin during that time, two days after the National Day of Protest talagang maingay po talaga ang ating media environment, at pulitikahan mula doon sa oposisyon hanggang sa administrasyon, batuhan ng putik.
And of course, bukod diyan, like what I said, we have to accept criticisms constructively and all of these criticisms should serve as a guide post, as a lighthouse for everyone in government to focus on their jobs and also kung merong mga pagkakamali, dapat two steps backward and then three steps forward. Iyon lang naman, Ka Orly.
ORLY: Pero, Secretary Martin, sinasabi naman ni Leo na mahaba nga iyong honeymoon ni Presidente eh, ni President Duterte, kung ihahambing sa previous eh. Mas mahaba siyang nagkaroon ng positive ratings during what is called a honeymoon period, ‘di ba?
SEC. ANDANAR: Yeah and we also have to consider, Ka Orly, of course kasama n’yo pa ako noon, during the first two years of the President Benigno Aquino. Alam naman natin na wala talagang ganoong ka-aggressive na oposisyon during that time and we also have to consider that during the time of President Aquino na hindi rin ganoon ka aggressive iyong international media. So, unlike in this administration that we have opponents coming from media in the United States and Europe, so we have to consider those facts.
ORLY: May balita ba akong babaguhin or anything that’s gonna be changed as a consequence of this. Is it going be—is there going to be a reaction on the part of the government, especially the Office of the President?
SEC. ANDANAR: Of course, Ka Orly, ating pag-aaralan itong survey. We will go to the details of it. Titingnan natin kung saan siya nagkamali, titingnan natin kung saan tayo puwedeng mag-improve. As I said, we accept criticisms/surveys constructively, and it is really what the present administration is all about it, it’s about moving forward, titingnan kung saan nagkamali, make adjustment and move forward and we are very positive na in the coming months tataas na naman ang satisfaction and trust rating ng ating Pangulo.
ORLY: Doon sa pakikipag-usap ko kanina kay Leo, doon sa SWS. Sinasabi nya mas malaki iyong dissatisfaction na registered doon sa—mas mababang, iyong ano, iyong economic conditions, yung mas hirap kung ihahambing doon sa mas nakatataas. Ito ba ay mare-relate natin doon sa sinasabi naman ng mga kritiko na mas marami kasi ang mga napapatay doon sa operasyon laban sa droga na mas mahihirap kaysa sa mayayaman?
SEC. ANDANAR: Sa palagay ko, Ka Orly, maraming mga factors iyan. But again, we have to go to the details. But if you ask me off hand, of course meron diyan itong traffic pinag-usapan natin at nandiyan din iyong bilis ng internet, iyong mga ganoon bang mga serbisyo lalo na nasa Metro Manila.
But then again, we want to really go to the details of the survey, wala pa sa akin iyong pinakabuod ng survey and that is what we will do at the Palace.
ORLY: Okay, thank you very much, Secretary Martin. Maraming salamat sa pagsagot sa aming tawag.
SEC. ANDANAR: Maraming salamat. Mabuhay ka, Ka Orly.