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Envious much? Duterte popularity puzzles LP stalwart Edcel Lagman

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For Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman, it’s perplexing that President Duterte has continued to enjoy a high popularity rating.

The President scored a net satisfaction rating of +56 during the first quarter this year, according to a Social Weather Stations survey taken from March 23 to 27. This is a two-point drop from his +58 rating last December.

Both ratings were considered “very good.”

President Duterte also remained as the number one trusted public official as per recent rating results.

The President, 73, quietly marked the first day of his third year in office on Sunday.

Possible explanations

But Lagman, a vocal critic of the President and a member of the House opposition, offered several explanations for the President’s high ratings.

The people “like a leader who is authoritative,” the lawmaker said.

Emotional appeal

“Duterte’s behavior appeals to the people’s notion of a malaking tao (VIP) and speaking his mind is seen as a sign of being a totoong tao (being real),” he added.

Lagman also said that the President was using emotional appeal and “taps into the collective frustrations of ordinary people by attacking institutions and groups that the general public feel have failed them, like the Catholic Church, the bureaucracy and the elite.”

The President recently took aim at the biblical story of creation, and questioned why God made Adam and Eve perfect only to allow them to fall from into sin.

“Who is this stupid God? You created something perfect and then you think of an event that would destroy the quality of your work,” he said. “How can you rationalize that God? How can you believe him?”

For his part, Sen. Panfilo Lacson reiterated that he would continue to support Duterte for the nation’s sake.

“[His comments] reinforce what he thinks about God.” Lacson said in Filipino.

Envious much? Duterte popularity puzzles LP stalwart Edcel Lagman Envious much? Duterte popularity puzzles LP stalwart Edcel Lagman Reviewed by AsianPolicy.Press on 2:56:00 AM Rating: 5

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