Senator Leila De Lima on Friday expressed doubt that Filipinos feel safer now under the first 100 days of President Rodrigo Duterte's presidency. De Lima said Filipinos could even be feeling jittery now with the Chief Executive's foreign policy shift, and the alleged uncertainty of foreign investors to bring their businesses to the country. “The core question is, do we really feel safer now? Siyempre dun sa mga defenders niya, sa mga fanatics niya, dyan sa mga tao niya, ang sasabihin ‘oh, yes we feel safer’,” De Lima said. “But are we really safer now? Kapag sinasabing safety, hindi lang physical, kung di psychological, mental, well-being ng ating lipunan,” she added. De Lima cited the weakening peso, and the “wait-and-see” attitude of foreign investors.
She said people were anxious of the Duterte administration’s shift in foreign relations policy, “from pro-US to pro-China and pro-Russia,” “I don’t think majority of our people like that,” the senator said. Duterte had been making controversial statements against the US, threatening to cut the Philippines’ ties with American forces, and had recently told President Barack Obama to “go to hell.” De Lima said the question remains if Filipinos feel safer under the Duterte administration. War on drugs, De Lima De Lima said Duterte had become a “one-issue President” from a one-issue candidate. “Change is supposed to be coming. Ano ba nangyari for the last 100 days? Naka-focus sa war on drugs, nothing wrong with that per se. Pero dahil nagkaroon ng maraming patayan, naka-focus lang ‘yung pangulo, nagiging one issue,” De Lima said.
“In the same manner that he was a one-issue candidate, he is now a one-issue President. Naka-focus lang sa war on drugs. May pangalawa pa lang issue, war on Leila de Lima,” she added. De Lima had lamented the attacks against her by President Duterte, saying that the machinery of the Executive department is being used to destroy her. De Lima and Duterte had been in a feud since De Lima was the chairperson of the Commission on Human Rights (CHR), when she investigated Duterte’s alleged links to the so-called Davao Death Squad during his term as mayor in Davao City. “Nadi-distract ‘yung kanyang resources, ‘yung kanyang attention. Imbis na mag-concentrate on pressing matters, like the economy, sa poverty, sa traffic,” De Lima said.
SWS: Very good satisfaction rating Amid controversial statements issued against a head of state and international organizations, Duterte got a "very good" satisfaction rating in the latest Social Weather Stations' (SWS) survey. The survey results were released just before Duterte marked his first 100 days in office. The survey, which was conducted between Sept. 24 and 27 through interviews with 1,200 adults nationwide showed that 75 percent were satisfied, while 13 percent were undecided on Duterte's performance in the first 100 days of his term. The survey has sampling error margins of ± 3 percentage points for national percentages and ± 6 points each for Metro Manila, "Balance of Luzon," the Visayas and Mindanao. Duterte gained a net satisfaction rating of +64 percent, which is classified as “very good.” SWS classifies net satisfaction ratings of at least +70 as “excellent”; those +50 to +69 as “very good”; +30 to +49, “good”; +10 to +29, “moderate”; +9 to - 9, “neutral”; - 10 to - 29, “poor”; - 30 to - 49, “bad”; - 50 to - 69, “very bad”; and - 70 and below, “execrable.” Among past leaders, only former President Fidel V. Ramos had a similar rating with + 66 percent in a survey done between Aug. 10 and Sept. 8 in 1992. Former President Benigno Aquino III garnered a “very good” satisfaction rating with +60 percentage in a survey conducted between Sept. 24 and 27, 2010. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has a lower satisfaction rating in a survey conducted last March 2001 with a “moderate” rating or +24 percent but after she was sworn into office after the EDSA 2 people protest, she gained a “moderate” rating with +12 percent satisfaction rating in the August 2004 survey. Meanwhile, Joseph E. Estrada had a “very good” rating or +60 percent in the September 1998 survey. Aquino's mother, the former President Corazon C. Aquino, gained a "very good" rating but she only got a +53 percentage rate in May 1986.