LRay not surprised by Digong’s high ratings, thanks to ‘tough, sometimes painful reforms’


Deputy Speaker and Camarines Sur Rep. LRay Villafuerte on Thursday said President Rodrigo Duterte’s latest personal record of a positive 72 score or “excellent” net satisfaction rating prove that the public appreciates “his strong political will and decisive leadership in effecting tough, even if sometimes painful, reforms.”

“It is no coincidence that the President’s public satisfaction ratings have soared as the government reported the initial success in its poverty reduction drive by bringing the poverty incidence level from 23.3 percent in 2015 to 16.6 percent in 2018,” the House leader said.

Villafuerte said all the pro-poor and pro-business measures of the President will raise incomes and expand livelihood opportunities, hence “spelling decent lives for Filipino families and help his economic team achieve its goal of further reducing poverty incidence to 14 percent.

This could go even lower to 11-12 percent by the time he steps aside in 2022, he added.

Villafuerte said Duterte is “likely to maintain, if not surpass,” his record public trust and satisfaction scores in the tracking polls of prominent and credible pollsters such as Social Weather Stations (SWS) for the remainder of his presidency.

He noted that at this point in their terms, past Philippine presidents had seen their public opinion poll ratings already on a decline.