MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte reclaimed his “very good” performance rating based on the latest survey of the Social Weather Stations (SWS).
The third quarter 2018 SWS survey conducted among 1,200 respondents from September 15 to 23 showed that 70 percent of Filipinos are satisfied with the performance of President Duterte, 16 percent are not satisfied while 14 percent are undecided.
This results in a net satisfaction rating of +54 percent, classified by SWS as “very good.”
It is nine points higher than his lowest satisfaction rating of 45 percent in June.
Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar said the high ratings prove that the Filipino people appreciate the president’s hard wok despite the political noise.
The 2018 survey questionnaire also included the people’s view on some of the president’s controversial statements such as his criticism of the catholic church and his comment on the rape cases in Davao City.
Based on the survey, 83 percent of Filipinos found his statements against the Catholic church as vulgar, while 63 percent are dismayed when he attributed the high number of rape cases in Davao City to the high concentration of beautiful women in the city. — Rosalie Coz
MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte still believes in former Bureau of Correction (BuCor) Chief Nicanor Faeldon despite his dismissal order.
For one, President Duterte noted Faeldon’s action of informing the President about a warehouse that stored billions of pesos worth of cigarette with fake tax stamps when he was still head of the Bureau of Customs (BOC).
That incident prompted the manufacturer to pay the government P37-B in tax.
This is one reason why despite the controversy that hounded the BuCor including the irregularities in conducting the law on Good Conduct Time Allowance (GCTA), President Duterte’s trust in Faeldon remains.
“Faeldon is a decent man. I still believe in him. There was a time when a businessman owned three warehouses filled with cigarettes with fake stamps,” the President said last Friday (September 6) at the groundbreaking ceremony and time capsule laying for the Naga permanent housing project.
“It was Faeldon who told me about it,” he added.
Malacañang clarified that it was not due to corruption that Faeldon was fired from office but because of disobeying the President’s order.
Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo noted, however, that Faeldon is not yet cleared as the Office of the Ombudsman is set to begin its investigations.
The Palace Spokesman added that it is the President who will decide whether or not to reappoint Faeldon to a different government position. – MNP (with details from Rosalie Coz)
President Rodrigo Duterte suspected that there might be corruption in the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) regarding the issue on the good conduct time allowance (GCTA) law.
“I suspect that corruption was present there [at the BuCor]. Ibig sabihin, baka iyong iba, baka binili (meaning, some might have offered bribe). That’s why it’s important that we rearrest and re-investigate,” he said during a press briefing on Wednesday (Sept 4).
Duterte called on the released heinous crime convicts to surrender for a recomputation of their GCTA.
“I will give you 15 days liberty provided you make yourself available anytime that you will be called for an investigation to have a recomputation, or if there is an investigation of corruption then you cooperate fully,” he added.
During the Senate hearing on Wednesday, Senate President Senator Vicente Sotto III said there is an intelligence report on a so-called “GCTA for sale” in BuCor.
“Marami raw pera ang umikot, milyones daw (There is a lot of money involved, millions) we have intelligence report. I already shared [it] with Sen. Lacson,” said Sotto.—AAC (with reports from Grace Casin)
President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered the heinous crime convicts who were released through the good conduct time allowance (GCTA) law to surrender.
“All of you, released under GCTA, you surrender or have yourself registered under BuCor (Bureau of Corrections),” he said.
During a press conference on Wednesday (Sept 4), the Chief Executive has given them 15 days to surrender. He is also considering a P1 million reward for the re-arrest of each released heinous crime convict who refuses to surrender.
BuCor data shows that 1,914 heinous crime convicts have been released under the GCTA since 2014.
They also include the three convicts in the rape-slay of the Chiong sisters.
According to Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Eduardo Año, the PNP will track those who will not surrender to the authorities after the 15 days given by the president.
“They are given 15 days to show up and submit for investigation to recompute the GCTA. After the deadline, the PNP will track and arrest those who will not surrender themselves to authorities,” he said.—AAC
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