This turnabout in political fortunes gives a foretaste for leaders around the world facing reelection, and plenty of food for our own thought.
It is the experience that political leaders faced with existential crises such as natural disasters and economic downturns tend to have their work cut out for them, the external event and the recovery in its aftermath generally defining the perception of leadership, and the eventual legacy.
The strong responses owing to special powers accorded to them enable these leaders to make quick moves despite criticism from libertarian and human rights groups. This shows strong political will and an ability to consolidate necessary efforts to deal with the obvious threats.
Frequent communication of responses to the crisis, particularly those that bear direct benefit to a suffering populace makes them popular, as their political opponents are sidelined.
We are reminded of Roosevelt and Truman with their war powers, Winston Churchill (who was then PM of our neighboring colonies Malaysia and Singapore), and our own Manuel Quezon.
As our own pandemic response in the Philippines enters a full month, the gallup poll on the Philippine government's response to this crisis shows with satisfaction rising by ten percent to reach a high of 80%, much higher than that received by the Japanese government under Shinzo Abe.
To those wondering about whether the Duterte administration's efforts are popular with Filipinos, the poll tells us that much is so, and says a lot.