- Senator Vicente Sotto III said he would give an 8.5 out of 10 rating to President Rodrigo Duterte
- Sotto said Duterte has a “firm hand” in terms of ensuring the public’s welfare
- He said there’s room for improvement as the government needs to work more on its COVID-19 response and transportation woes
Senate President Vicente Sotto III shared his personal approval rating of President Rodrigo Duterte as he marked his fourth year in power.
According to Sotto, the president should be given a good rating as he had always considered the welfare of the Filipino people.
“On a scale of 1 to 10, 10 being the highest, performance level the President or PRRD in my scorecard gets 8.5 from the w
ar on drugs up to the time of COVID-19,” Sotto was quoted by GMA News.
Sotto added that what sets Duterte apart is his “firm hand” in dealing with the public’s welfare.
“President Duterte has strived to uplift the people’s welfare with a firm hand and this is something that is seldom seen from the executive department or the executive office,” he added.
Sotto noted how Duterte has “reduced the noise and viol
ence of separatists and te rrorists; contained the local communist insurgency; and caused crimin al syndic ates to lie low.”
The senator also reiterated how the Duterte administration’s foreign policy has been “independent” and “no longer marching to the beat of the United States.”
Sotto said the Duterte administration can still improve on their COVID-19 response and transportation issues.
“Siguro ‘yung problema sa pandemic at saka ‘yung transportation woes would probably account for the 1.5 [score deduction] in my assessment,” Sotto said.
He also said that it would be better if critics would provide solutions than mere criticisms on the government’s efforts.
“Ang maganda sana kung magki-criticize ka, magbigay ka ng suggestion kung paano gagamutin ang kini-criticize mo. Hindi ‘yung basta criticize lang,” Sotto said.