While elements of the United States Congress, the European Union and the United Nations continue to propagate the lie that they’re working in the interests of the Filipino people by their continued attacks on President Rodrigo Duterte and his administration; while the defeated Liberal Party continues to peddle the same falsehood, those very same Filipino people beg to differ. They believe – a resounding 80% of them at least – that it’s Duterte who’s working in their interests.
This can be concluded from the results of the latest survey conducted by the respected independent research institution, the Social Weather Stations (SWS), which shows eight in 10 Filipinos have “much trust” in their president. This is the result of the first quarter survey of 2017 and continues from where the fourth quarter survey of 2016 left off. In that poll Duterte was given a “much trust” rating by his people of 81%.
These findings are an embarrassment to Duterte’s opponents; and, as such, they will be ignored. They won’t, for example, be reported on in The New York Times or the Guardian. CNN and the BBC won’t be doing a documentary on how a nation is fully behind its president. They’d be reported if the figures had been bad; then they’d never stop quoting them. Such is the blatant self-censorship of today’s mainstream media – you know, the ones that keep crying about “false news”.
The proposed Philippines Human Rights Accountability and Counternarcotics Act of 2017 which The Volatilian™ reported on yesterday – An act of malice – makes this claim, and we quote: “To support the people of the Philippines”. Co-authored by two US senators, this piece of legislation seeks to ban weapons sales from the US to the Philippine National Police. An act of blatant interference, it seeks to compromise and damage Duterte’s War on Drugs.
It seems, then, that these Western institutions and their dutiful mainstream media know far better what’s good for the people of the Philippines than the people themselves – the ones that actually live there and understand the place.
And yet, in Metro Manila – a conurbation of 34.6 million people which has the biggest drug and criminality problems of anywhere in the archipelago – endorsement of Duterte shot up from a “very good” 76% last December to an “excellent” 82% in this latest SWS survey.
Similarly, we’ve all read the glowing coverage over the past couple of days of the surreptitious visit to the Philippines of UN special rapporteur on extrajudicial killings, Left-Liberal Agnes Callamard; how this self-proclaimed champion of human rights came to the Philippines in a private capacity to preach on drug policy at the University of the Philippines (UP); at an event sponsored by Duterte’s opponents. We learned of how well received her wisdom was.
We didn’t see in that same coverage, however, the blistering outrage as ordinary Filipinos – those not part of that select UP audience – set the Internet on fire calling for Callamard to be declared persona non grata by the Philippine Government and banned from entering the country again. Nor in any future coverage of Callamard’s talk at the university will we read that 84% of college graduates, 82% of 18 to 24 year olds and 81% of 25-34 year olds in the country give Duterte a “much trust” endorsement.
Nor can the Liberal elites claim that the figures represent some reflection of the ‘macho’ tendencies of the nation. While 82% of men gave him a “much trust” rating, 78% of women did the same.
All this clearly shows that the president’s net trust rating among the Philippine nation continues to receive an astoundingly high approval. For a full year now – May 2016 to May 2017; four consecutive quarters – the people through these surveys they have increasingly backed Duterte with their trust. Interestingly, SWS results were always liberally quoted by the media when they reflected well for the previous president, Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino; though his were never as consistently high as for Duterte.
The most telling statistic, however, is the rate of increase in the people’s trust of this president. In May last year, following his election victory, they gave him a “moderate” grade with just 54% having “much trust” in him.
Back then, however, Duterte’s War on Drugs had barely got off the ground. It would seem the people were holding back; uncertain whether this president, like most of his predecessors, would also renege on his election promises of combating the drugs problem and the culture of criminality that’s pervaded Philippine society for so long.
One year on, however, that uncertainty has been addressed. Duterte has stayed true to his word, and as a result that “moderate” grading has leapt by 26% to today’s “excellent” – the view of 80% of Filipinos.
As Presidential Spokesman, Ernesto Abella put it in commenting on the SWS results, “resistance to change in Philippine society has been breached (by Duterte) … with him we are assured that the interests of the Filipino people come first and last … the President continues to be the most trusted national leader today”.
And he also makes this point: “(Duterte’s) net trust rating has been excellent for four consecutive quarters, considering the deeply entrenched culture of illegal drugs, criminality and corruption”.
In short then, it would seem that in the view of the Philippine people, far from working in their interests, the big Western institutions are actually working against them. Duterte was elected on the strength of what he promised to do. And a big part of that was to give his people a country they could feel proud of and a country where they’d feel safe.
More specifically, he promised them that he’d purge the archipelago of a drugs scourge that’s imprisoned 4 million of its citizens and quell the ever-rising waves of crime that have washed across all stratas of society for generations; that, choose how difficult it would be for him – irrespective of how much he’d be vilified and demonised by his political opponents both at home and abroad – he would stay true to those promises.
The results of the SWS survey is the Filipino people saying thank you to him and telling him that he continues to have their overwhelming support. These, then, are the feelings of the people of a sovereign state – a democratic one at that. And one that is not prepared to have its sovereignty and hard-won democracy trashed by a spiteful opposition from within the country – one represented by the Liberal Party, which the people rejected – nor by intruding, non-representative forces from outside the country which seek solely to further their own self interests.