SWS: Slightly more Filipinos expect Duterte to fulfill promises

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President Rodrigo Duterte delivers his speech after leading the ceremonial distribution of Certificates of Land Ownership Awards (CLOA) to agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) of Cotabato Province, at the Provincial Gymnasium Capitol Compound in Kidapawan City, Cotabato.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 18) — Slightly more Filipinos are expecting that President Rodrigo Duterte would be able to keep the promises he had made, pollster Social Weather Stations (SWS) said.

According to the SWS, 48 percent of adult Filipinos expect to fulfill most, if not all, of his promises, two percentage points up from 46 percent in March 2018.

Meanwhile, 46 percent of Filipinos believe that Duterte would only fulfill "a few" of his promises, and six percent believe that he would keep "none or almost none."

The SWS said results of the survey conducted from December 16-19 show expectations that Duterte can fulfill "all or nearly all" of his promises rose in Visayas and Balance Luzon, in urban areas, in classes ABC and class E, and in all educational levels.

Expectations that Duterte could see his promises through dropped in his homeland of Mindanao by 10 percentage points from 60 percent in March to 50 percent, and in Metro Manila by one percentage point from 42 percent to 41 percent.

Duterte has recovered from his personal low in September 2017, when SWS recorded that only 35 percent of Filipinos believed he could fulfill his promises.

The private pollster conducted face-to-face interviews of 1,440 adults nationwide, speaking to 360 each in Balance Luzon, Metro Manila, Visayas and Mindanao.

On the campaign trail, Duterte promised, among others, to eradicate drugs, corruption and criminality, end contractualization, pursue an independent foreign policy, and pursue peace talks with rebels.

Now coming to his third year in office, Duterte's drug war continues, efforts in Congress to end contractualization are being pushed, the government has cozied up to China, and peace talks with communist rebels have been halted.