TRAIN EFFECT? | Solons believe drop in Duterte’s rating due to rising prices

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JULY 11, 2018 – Some lawmakers says the huge decline in President Rodrigo Duterte’s net satisfaction rating is already expected.

Opposition Senator Bam Aquino said the president’s recent rating from a Social Weather Stations survey was a cry for help from the Filipino people amid the rising prices of goods due to the government’s tax reform program.

“Paalala po ito sa ating pangulo mula sa ating mga kababayan na nalulunod sa taas presyo na pakinggan ang kanilang hiling na ipreno na ang Train,” Aquino said in a statement.

“Senyales ito na lalo nang nahihirapan sa buhay ang mga Pilipino. Bigyan natin sila ng kaunting ginhawa,” added Sen. Bam.

Magdalo Party-list Representative Gary Alejano also believes the tax reform program has something to do with the decline in Duterte’s ratings.

“Nararamdaman ng mga Pilipino ang kalam ng kanilang sikmura dahil sa pagtaas ng mga presyo ng bilihin dulot ng Train Law ng administrasyong ito. Para sa karamihan, tumitingin na lamang sila sa kanilang pananampalataya upang tulungan sila sa panahong ito, ngunit pati iyon ay minaliit pa ni Duterte. Mahirap talagang sabihin na kuntento sila kung ganito ang ipinapikita ng Pangulo,” Alejano lamented.

Senator Antonio Trillanes, meanwhile, said the downward trend of Duterte’s rating is expected to continue.

“Remember, this survey period in mid-June does not include the negative effects of the oppressive anti-tambay arrests, the highly offensive anti-God statements and the unconscionable fare hikes,” Trillanes said.

Earlier, Duterte shrugged off the result of the latest survey with 11-point decline from +56 in March 2018 to +45 in June.

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