China, Russia earn lowest scores
The United States remains to be one of the most trusted countries by Filipinos, according to a recent survey by Pulse Asia.
Figures from the poll show that 79 percent of Filipinos said they trust the U.S. while 20 percent expressed distrust — a relatively better score compared to the 76 percent trust and 20 percent distrust rates in December last year.
Next to the U.S., Filipinos expressed trust towards Japan, Australia, and Great Britain (United Kingdom), earning trust rates of 75 percent, 69 percent, and 53 percent respectively.
China and Russia, meanwhile, ranked lowest in the survey, with distrust rates of 63 percent and 56 percent respectively.
Only 37 percent of the respondents said they trust China. On the other hand, Russia got 42 percent trust rate, jumping from the previous score of 38 percent.
The poll, with an error margin of plus or minus three, was conducted from March 15 to 20 among a total of 1,200 respondents.
On Tuesday, May 2, Malacañang said China and Russia’s low trust rates are not surprising at all.
“That’s par for the course,” Philippine Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella said in a statement.
According to Abella, people have been taught to think poorly of China and Russia for such a long time.
“After all these years, we’ve been programmed to think these are the enemies,” he said.
Abella, however, pointed out that the administration of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is “breaking free” from such negative thinking against China and Russia.
In a stunning diplomatic turnaround, Duterte, who assumed the presidency in June last year, has been exerting efforts to pursue warmer ties with China and Beijing while blasting the U.S. for criticizing his campaign against illegal drugs.
“[The] renewed ties with Russia and China provide a healthy opportunity to appreciate and understand these two countries,” Abella said.
“Our enhanced relations with China and Russia will bolster our international relations and give us more room to grow, expand, and become more rooted as we get to know ourselves better as a nation in a community of nations,” he added.