Filipinos might not be that optimistic nowadays but still hoping for a better life next year. The citizens’ optimism declined in the first quarter of 2017. This is based on the latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey. The survey said that 43 percent expect their personal quality of life to improve in the next 12 months. 43 percent expect their personal quality of life to improve in the next 12 months. Six percent expect it to get worse as the country refuses financial aid from the EU.
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[VIDEO]: Nananatili pa ring ‘excellent’ ang trust rating ni Pres. Duterte sa first quarter ng taong 2017 ayon sa SWS. Samantala, bumaba naman ng walong puntos ang trust rating ng Pangulo sa Class E o pinakamahihirap na Pinoy.
Still High Despite Decline
The result yields a net personal optimism score of +36, considered as “very high” but it is nine points lower compared to the December 2016 result at +45 score. The December 2016 survey also showed that 48 percent expect their personal quality of life to improve. Only three percent expect it to get worse.
The President is not at all bluffing when he said that he will not accept conditional financial aid. He is very particular especially when it comes to the country’s drug war. The European Union Delegation to the Philippines confirmed that the country will no longer accept financial aid from the European Union (EU). The announcement comes from the EU-PH Delegation public affairs officer Thelma Gecolea. She states that the country turns down around 250 million euros or ₱13.88 billion of grants which are normally allocated to Muslim communities.
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The President’s Instruction
The President’s instructions go that if nations want to help willingly, they are most welcome. Help with strings attached or conditions must be refused. No meddling in or stopping the campaign against drugs is acceptable.