Abella scoffs at new opposition movement as ‘niche objectors’
Sep 2, 2017
Presidential Spokesperson Ernie Abella belittled the creation of another opposition movement against President Rodrigo Duterte as being out of tune of the public’s overwhelming positive support for the government.
He called the convenors of the Movement Against Tyranny launched last week as “niche objectors.”
The gorup is composed of leftist groups led by Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan) with the broad support of civil society advocates led by former senator Rene Saguisag, former representative Erin Tañada, University of the Philippines Chancellor Michael Tan, Vergel Santos of the Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility, Bishop Broderick Pabillo, and Sister Mary John Mananzan.
“That’s quite ironic that something like that comes out on the heels of this -highly positive impression that the President seems to have gained among the the mass of people,” said Abella.
“Maybe there are certain niche objectors. However, the narrative on the ground remains strong,” he added.
Abella was referring to a recent Social Weather Station (SWS) survey showing high level of public appreciation and support for the Duterte at plus 64 percent or a ‘very good’ rating. He said this gave the Duterte Administration “the highest first four-quarter average net satisfaction rating ever recorded.”
He also cited a survey by Publicus Asia where 90 percent of respondents considered the President as “the most decisive and caring government official.”
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