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By MJ Blancaflor and MaricelV. Cruz

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte's trust and approval

ratings dropped in September, according to the lat-

est Pulse Asia suwey, but the Palace said the figures

remain high.

Duterte received a trust ruting of 74 percent, 11

points lower from last quarter's 85 percent.

The poll also showed that 78 percent ol the re- spondents approve of Duterte's performance, down by seven points fiom the previous quarter's 85

percent. The survey invoived face-to-face inter-

views with 1,200 respondents and has a +

2.8 percent error margin.

Conducted from Sept. 16 to 22, the sur-

vey came amid the Senate investigation into alleged iregularities in the nhtional

penitentiary such as corruption in the im-

plementation of the Good Conduct Time

Allowance Law, the purported reselling of illegal drugs seized during police op- erations, and the resurgence of polio in

the country

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Presidential Spokesman Salvador

Paaelo played down the decrease in

the Presid€nt's trust and approval rat-

ing, noting that the figures are still

higher than 70 percent.

"Surveys fluctuate depending on

when they get them. If it is taken at a

time when there are controversies

,

it

may affect the survey results," he told

reporters in a press briefing. The approval and trust ratings of

Vice President Leni Robredo also fell to 50 percent from 55 percent and 46

percent from 52 percent, respectively. Senate President Vicente Sotlo [I's ratings also went down and recei\€d a 72

perc€nt apFoval rating from last quartert n, and a 66 percent trust rating versus 73 percent in the gevious quarter.

House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano, who will only serve for 15 months un-

der a power-sharing agreement with Marinduque Rep. Lord Allan Velasco, received a 64 percent approval rating and a 62 percent trust rating.

Supreme Court Chief Justice Lucas

Bersamin, who is set to retire on Oct.

18., enjoyed a minimal increase in his

approval rating to 42 percent from 41 percent last quarter. His trust rating

went down a notch to 34 percent.

Robredo on Monday vowed to dou- ble her efforts to serve the public.

'We take the latest survey results as a challenge to redouble our efforts both in

continuing to serve the public and keep- ing the Filipino people better informed

ofthe work VP Leni is doing," said Bar-

ry

Gutierrez, Robredo's spokesperson.

House Majority Leader Martin

Romualdez on Monday welcomed the Pulse Asia survey result indicating 64 percent approval rating of the House of Representatives under the leader-

ship of Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano. Romualdez said this is the first time that Speaker Cayetano has been rated

by the Filipino people through the Pulse

Asia's Ulat sa Bayan survey, and "we

are collectively proud ofour leader's ex- emplary trust and approval rating."