THE result of Pulse Asia’s survey in the last quarter of 2017 showed President Rodrigo Duterte maintaining a high performance satisfaction and trust ratings of 80 and 82 percent, respectively. The survey, done from Dec. 10 to 15, also showed that Duterte maintained a low disapproval and distrust ratings of 7 and 6 percent, respectively.

The survey results reflect the continuing popular support for the president just like the faith of more than one million Catholics who gathered in Quiapo for the annual Black Nazarene festival on Tuesday. Those who said they approve and trust Duterte are like the crowd of Nazareno devotees expressing their Catholic faith by participating in the Traslacion or procession of the religious icon of Quiapo Church.

The scene of a sea of humanity in the procession and scuffling to hold the rope of the andas or carriage of the Black Nazarene and pull it around the streets of Quiapo district is very chaotic. From another perspective, it is a sheer display of faith, hope and gratitude. The devotees banging bodies to hold the rope, touch or kiss the Christ replica and wipe it with a towel is to reinforce their belief, pray for help and say thanks to a miracle.

Analogically, the survey results manifest faith in a determined president, hope from his promises of prosperity and protection, and thanks for his day-to-day victory against corruption and crime.

The Traslacion is also a display of unity and struggle against the challenges of life. If only the Filipino people can also be together in pulling the country out of the rut of poverty, corruption and crime, we can achieve a better life and nation.

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