Duterte’s satisfaction rating can rise to ‘excellent’ in Q1 of 2018



By Rose de la Cruz


The expected positive impact of the tax reform package on the middle class and the recent signing of the 2018 budget will bring President Duterte’s satisfaction rating to ‘excellent’ by the first quarter of next year.


This was the prognosis of Rep. Salvador Belaro Jr. of 1-Ang Edukasyon partylist and assistant majority leader as he said that more good news are in the pipeline because more new laws meant to significantly improve the plight of the poor and middle class are at bicameral conference committee stage now.


The satisfaction rating of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte can rise even further than the net 58 percent he got in the latest SWS satisfaction ratings survey released only last December 22, just before the long Christmas weekend, he said.


Conducted from December 8 to 16, 2017, the SWS poll did not include the good news that comes with the December 19 signing of the 2018 national budget and the TRAIN tax reforms, Belaro stressed.


Consider also that from January to March 2018, the full year 2017 and 4th quarter 2017 economic reports will be coming out in succession and signs points to more positive news about the economy.


These factors combined could boost President Duterte’s SWS approval ratings to the excellent range of +70 percent or higher.


I also expect a boost of support for the President from the middle class because this demographic will feel the full impact of the new income tax brackets and the P250,000 tax exemption, he added.

For a change, the working middle class is getting the attention it also deserves from the government.


Right now, many of the critics of the 17th Congress and of the Duterte administration are worried and some of them are even scared. Their jobs as trolls will be much harder to do.


They know the 2018 national budget and TRAIN tax reform package signed and the multitude of economic benefits the Filipino people will gain starting next year will further boost the popularity of President Duterte and the majority in the 17th Congress.


No amount of black propaganda they will hurl can negate the comfort millions of Filipinos will feel every day of their lives from now on, he said.


The critics will keep sowing fear while we will sow hope and better lives for more Filipinos than ever before. Success will be very difficult to upstage.



The critics will keep trying. They will keep failing. Their resistance is futile. It would be better for them to come out of the dark side and step into the light, Belaro concluded.

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