Malacañang hails Pulse Asia survey favoring Duterte

Paterno Esmaquel II
Presidential Spokesman Ernesto Abella points out that the Pulse Asia survey was conducted 'at the height of the demolition job against the President'

NEW SURVEY. President Rodrigo Duterte maintained his 'big majority' trust and approval ratings based on the latest Pulse Asia survey. Malacañang file photo

MANILA, Philippines – Malacañang on Friday, October 13, hailed the Pulse Asia survey that showed 80% trust and approval ratings for President Rodrigo Duterte. 

“Despite the multifaceted political noise, President Duterte is still the most approved and the most trusted government official in the Philippines today with an 80% approval rating and 80% trust rating. Take note,” Presidential Spokesman Ernesto Abella said Friday.

Abella pointed out that the survey was conducted from September 24 to 30, “at the height of the demolition job against the President, even implicating some members of the President’s family.” 

“We hope these survey results inspire us in the government that despite the odds and challenges, we continue to provide a comfortable life for all Filipinos in an environment free from illegal drugs and criminality,” Abella said.

Abella issued this statement after Pulse Asia on Friday released a survey showing that Duterte has maintained his “big majority” trust and approval ratings. 

The Pulse Asia survey paints a different picture from the Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey released a few days ago. The SWS survey period was conducted around the same time, from September 23 to 27.  

In this SWS survey, Duterte’s satisfaction rating dropped by 18 points, and his trust rating by 11 points. –

Paterno Esmaquel II

Paterno R. Esmaquel II, news editor of Rappler, specializes in covering religion and foreign affairs. He obtained his MA Journalism degree from Ateneo and later finished MSc Asian Studies (Religions in Plural Societies) at RSIS, Singapore. For story ideas or feedback, email him at