13 July 2016

Duterte Presidency off to an excellent start
“The mandate is clear and unequivocal: It is mandate for change, and government cannot be stopped from its promise of reforming society by getting rid of drugs, criminality and corruption.”

Thus said Communications Secretary Martin Andanar in reaction to the June 24-June 27 Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey which shows a whopping 84% of Filipinos trust President Rodrigo Roa Duterte.

Andanar added, “This is a positive sign. It is very encouraging to know that people trust the President, more heartwarming for the President is the fact that the young people of this country entrust their future to his able leadership.”

The President enjoys the highest “excellent” public trusting among 18-24 years old. The President’s overall net trust rating increased by 53 points from the moderate +26 taken last May.

“People’s expectations are high. They have placed their and the country’s hope to the President making Mr. Duterte the People’s President.”

“Everyone, from the President down to his official family, will therefore work double time and channel their energies to transform the lives of our people. Our people deserve no less,” Andanar ended.

The SWS survey employed face-to-face interviews among 1,200 respondents nationwide. PND

President Duterte meets with Rep.Belmonte, Cardinal Vidal, ADB officials in Malacanan
President Rodrigo R. Duterte had successive courtesy calls and meetings in Malacanan on Wednesday afternoon with Asian Development Bank (ADB) officials, Rep.Feliciano Belmonte Jr., and Ricardo Cardinal Vidal.

Belmonte, accompanied by his daughter Quezon City Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte, met the President at the Palace’s Music Room.

PRRD then welcomed ADB President Takehiko Nakao who was accompanied by ADB chief advisor Naoya Jinda, Deputy Director General for Southeast Asia Noriko Ogawa, Country Director Richard Bolt, and Principal Country Specialist Joven Balbosa.

Immediately after meeting the ADB officials, President Duterte also received Cardinal Vidal at the Music Room. (PND)