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An embarrassment and a failure? PH gov’t has highest COVID-19 response disapproval rating among ASEAN countries

The numbers did not surprise many as Duterte and his people showed that there exists a certain level of incompetence in the government in handling the pandemic.

According to a recent study by the ASEAN Studies Centre, the Philippines has the lowest COVID-19 response approval rating among ASEAN countries.

The online survey was conducted from November 18, 2020 to January 10, 2021 and had 1,032 respondents from all ASEAN members.

17.9% of Filipinos “strongly disapprove” the government’s response to the pandemic, the highest disapproval rating in Southeast Asia.

53.7% of Filipinos also reject the government’s COVID-19 response. Indonesia came it at second with 50.4% of respondents expressing tremendous disapproval at their government’s handling of the health crisis.

According to the survey, 72.2% of Pinoy respondents say the government should “encourage more scientists and medical doctors to contribute to public policy discussions and heed their advice.”

The numbers do not surprise many as Duterte and his people showed that there exists a certain level of incompetence in handling the pandemic.

Duterte’s leadership has been questioned many times before, with former supporters regretting ever voting for him in 2016.

Pulse Asia’s previous survey could’ve been staged to make Duterte look good, netizens say.

Duterte’s supporters, for some reason unknown, still believe he is the best leader any country could ever have, but his accomplishments say otherwise.

Previous surveys suggesting Duterte has a high approval rating were clearly staged and fake.

Bayan Muna Rep. Ferdinand Gaite also said that the government’s response has been a complete failure.

President Rodrigo Duterte’s COVID-19 task force is headed by mostly retired military generals while he is briefed by health experts on what the government should do next to fight the pandemic.

Health experts also expressed disapproval at how Duterte’s task force made decisions in relation to COVID-19.

Also, 58.3% of the respondents want the government to “invest in early warning systems for pandemic outbreak” and on research for testing and development of vaccines.

Another 30% believe that people who have been impacted the most by the pandemic should receive better financial aid. A similar number of respondents want to see “politicians and public servants should observe public health measures, instead of flouting them.”

One instance was when former Metro Manila police chief and current PNP chief Debold Sinas went and celebrated his birthday in spite of the implementation of strict health measures by the government.

But overall, a surprising 60.7% of respondents approved of the government’s handling of the pandemic in the country.

Written by Charles Teves

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