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GMA says drop in Duterte’s ratings just a blip: ‘I should know, I suffered it, too’

Oct 10, 2017 @ 4:00

Former President Gloria Arroyo, now Pampanga second-district representative, said President Rodrigo Duterte need not concern himself over the drop in his ratings, as it is a natural development in any presidency.

“The rise and drop in a President’s approval ratings are bound to happen in the course of his/her term. It is part of the territory. It reflects the pulse of the people at a particular time,” she said.

Arroyo stressed that a drop in one’s ratings does not mean erosion of public support but merely a sentiment on particular policies.

“But the job of a president is not to make popular decisions. He should make decisions for the greater good though unpopular. I had to endure this process myself when I made tough and unpopular decisions that ultimately redounded to the common good,” she said.

“After a whole year of stratospheric ratings, the President should not be unduly worried by the drop in his ratings for the third quarter of the year. This is a blip, especially because the survey was taken at the height of the controversy over so-called EJK’s in the war against drugs,” Arroyo said.

She cited her own experiences when her popularity plummeted to dangerous lows at the height of corruption scandals and the “Hello Garci” election fraud controversy.

“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. I responded 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.

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