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SWS SURVEY: Duterte ‘grateful’ for people’s concern over his health

January 11, 2019 - Friday 2:01 PM by Jon Joaquin

DAVAO CITY -- President Rodrigo Duterte is “grateful” for the concern expressed by the people over his health but gave assurance that he is in “a fine state of health.”

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo made the statement in reaction to the latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey that showed 66 percent of the people were worried about the President’s health in December 2018 -- an 11-point rise from 55 percent the previous September.

“We look at these survey results with a positive outlook,” Panelo said in a statement.

“It means that not only (do) many Filipinos love the President but those who care for him have increased by 11 percent. Translated into the number of Filipinos caring for the President, that’s a huge chunk of the population,” he added.

The SWS said the survey was non-commissioned and was conducted from December 16 to 19, 2018 using face-to-face interviews of 1,440 adults nationwide: 360 each in Balance Luzon, Metro Manila, Visayas, and Mindanao.

The survey showed 49 percent believe the President currently has health problems while 24 percent do not believe so. With 25 percent undecided, the net belief score was +25 percent.

Of those who believe Duterte has health problems, 75 percent are worried about him. This was especially true in Mindanao where there was an 11-point increase in those who are worried about the President’s health.

“The survey results show that an overwhelming number of Filipinos are praying for his good health, for his well being and for him to finish his term,” Panelo said.

“They worry that this President, who is offering his freedom and his life so he could save the succeeding generation from being addicted to illegal drugs and from the clutches of certain death, as well as so he could free their families from being dysfunctional, would not last his presidency. They fear that such an unwelcome event will deprive them of the genuine change they have seen in his unorthodox, tough yet compassionate and caring governance,” he added.

Panelo reiterated that there is nothing to worry about when it comes to Duterte’s health.

“His punishing schedule of activities in attending and responding to the needs of the citizenry is proof of his good physical condition. Even as he performs his constitutional duties, he shall endeavour to always watch over his health,” he said.