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Teachers’ reps ain’t surprised by drop in Duterte’s satisfaction ratings: Awayin ba naman ang mahirap

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By John Carlo Cahinhinan

ACT Teachers party-list Representatives Antonio Tino and France Castro are no longer surprised by the double-digit drop in President Rodrigo Duterte’s satisfactiorn ratings due to his “anti-people policies.”

The two lawmakers expressed belief Thursday (July 12) that Duterte’s ratings will continue to slide in the coming months.

Tinio said Duterte failed in fulfilling his campaign promises of providing job security and ending contractiualization. He said the President focused on policies that oppress the poor such as the anti-drug campaign, the arrest of “tambays” or loiterers, and the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) Law.

“Hinahayaan ng administrasyong Duterte na tumaas ang lahat ng presyo ng mga bilihin at serbisyong publiko na bunsod ng TRAIN Law habang hinahayaan rin niyang matanggalan ng trabaho ang maraming mga manggagawa na may panawagang maregularisa sa kanilang mga trabaho at tumaas ang kanilang mga sahod. Hinuhuli naman ng administrasyong Duterte ang mga tambay at walang trabaho at pinaghihinalaang mga gumagamit ng mga illegal na droga,” he said.

The Social Weather Stations survey conducted from June 27 to 30 showed Duterte’s satisfaction rating dropped to a “good” +45 from a “very good” +56 in March.

For her part, Castro lamented the administration has done nothing but to divert the attention from the real issues faced by the poor and target and further oppress and exploit them.

“President Duterte turned his back on the demands of the people for higher wages, regularization of jobs, regulation, lower prices of commodities, justice and peace while prioritizing anti-people policies like the TRAIN law, privatization of social services, Oplan Tokhang and Martial Law in Mindanao,” she said.