MANILA – Malacañang took a recent poll on President Rodrigo
Duterte positively, which showed that more Filipinos were
worried over his health.
The December 2018 survey from pollster Social Weather Stations
(SWS) only meant that more Filipinos care for the
septuagenarian president, according to Presidential
Spokesperson Salvador Panelo.
“We look at these survey results with a positive outlook. It
means that not only many Filipinos love the President but those
who care for him have increased by 11 percent,” he said in a
statement released early Thursday.
“Translated into the number of Filipinos caring for the
President, that’s a huge chunk of the population,” he said.
The survey released Wednesday reveals that 66 percent of the
respondents were worried about Duterte’s health. Some 34
percent said otherwise.
Some 49 percent of the respondents believed Duterte has health
problems, 24 percent do not, and 27 percent were undecided, the
same survey shows.
In his statement, Panelo said that “an overwhelming number of
Filipinos are praying for his (Duterte) good health, for his
well being and for him to finish his term.”
“The sizeable number of Filipinos who worries about PRRD’s
health wishes to convey to the President that he remains in
robust wealth for the sake of the country and the people,” he
The survey, Panelo also said, is a slap to Duterte’s critics
and detractors who wished the President ill.
The 1,440 respondents were asked by SWS if they believed
Duterte has or has no health problems and if they are worried
or not worried about it.
Duterte’s health has been a source of concern from the public.
At 73 now, he is the oldest in history elected as Philippine
Under the 1987 Constitution, the public should be told about
the state of health of a sitting president. If the leader dies
in office, is permanently disabled or removed through
impeachment, the vice president succeeds to serve the remaining
years in a 6-year single term.