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Duterte's overwhelming popularity amid mounting woes is extremely hard to fathom

State of the nation of the Philippines' 82 percent

Activists march in the streets of Manila as Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte delivered his State of the Nation Address on July 24. (Photo by Vincent Go)

Karl Gaspar CSsR, Manila
Philippines

August 8, 2017

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If rationality still matters in this beleaguered republic of the Philippines, how have we as a people shifted once more to supporting a rising authoritarianism?

A recent survey shows that President Rodrigo Duterte is enjoying a high approval rating of 82 percent, a four-percentage-point rise from his 78 percent rating early this year.

People are supporting Duterte despite the debacle in Marawi that has resulted in at least 565 deaths, the displacement of some 350,000 people, continuing poverty, drug-related killings, the diminishing value of the peso vis-a-vis the dollar — the list just goes on.

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