TALKING from experience, former President now Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo urged President Rodrigo Duterte not to be worried by the drop in his satisfactory and trust ratings.
Arroyo likewise chided the “same opposition group” that wants to topple the Duterte administration, the way they tried to bring her down.
“During my term, I too suffered even more serious problems with my ratings, precipitated by the same kind of vicious opposition now working to bring down President Duterte,” Arroyo said in a statement.
The lady lawmaker was reacting to the latest survey of the Social Weather Stations (SWS) which showed that President Duterte’s trust and satisfaction ratings down from very good to good.
Arroyo said the rise and drop in a President’s approval ratings are bound to happen in the course of a president’s term.
“It is part of the territory. It reflects the pulse of the people at a particular time,” she added.
However, Arroyo said, a drop does not mean erosion of public support but is merely voicing a sentiment on particular policies.
She stressed that the job of a president is not to make popular decisions but to make those for the greater good.
In her nine years as president, Arroyo said she made tough and unpopular decisions that ultimately redounded to the common good.
She said after a whole year of stratospheric ratings, President Duterte should not be unduly worried by the drop in his ratings for the 3rd quarter of the year.
Arroyo believes that this is a blip, especially because the survey was taken at the height of the controversy over so-called extrajudicial killings in the war against drugs.
Her advice to Duterte is to respond to this survey by focusing instead on “performance, performance, performance.”
“It was my intention to leave a real legacy of achievement, because it was only the judgment of history that mattered to me,” Arroyo said.
“The President has started several historic initiatives that too will comprise his real legacy. I refer to his initiatives on comprehensive tax reform, infrastructure buildout, Charter change, and securing and rebuilding Marawi City. All of them can produce major changes early enough to improve his ratings by early next year,” she added.