President Benigno Aquino 3rd’s popularity rating spiralled to an all-time low because of the Mamasapano incident, but nearly half of Filipinos polled still want him to remain in office.
According to results of a Pulse Asia survey, which was released on Thursday, 42 percent of 1,200 people polled disagreed when asked if President Aquino should heed calls to resign.
A total of 29 percent supported calls for Aquino to resign, while 28 percent were undecided, the survey said.
Majority of the respondents (79 percent) were nonetheless not satisfied with the President’s explanation on Oplan Exodus, which they described as “not enough.”
Only 10 percent were satisfied with the President’s explanation, while 11 percent were undecided.
The survey has a margin of error of plus-or-minus 3 percent and a 95-percent confidence level, Pulse Asia said.
Operating plan (Oplan) Exodus refers to the January 25 police operation, which was launched to capture suspected international terrorist Zulkifli bin Hi alias Marwan.
The operatives killed Marwan but they clashed with various armed groups in the area as they withdrew from the area. At least 44 members of the PNP Special Action Force were killed.
The PNP Board of Inquiry as well as a joint Senate panel that looked into the incident said President Aquino violated the chain of command and is “ultimately responsible” for the botched operation.
About four of five respondents or 79 percent of Filipinos disagreed with Aquino’s decision to skip the arrival honors for the slain SAF troopers at the Villamor Air Base on January 29 or four days after the Mamasapano incident.
A Malacañang spokesman said they welcomed the survey results.
“It’s a clear manifestation of what the people want, that many of them believe in President Aquino’s leadership and they want him to finish his term and do what he was sworn to do,” Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma said in a news conference.
He said the survey results only pushed the President to work harder to gain the public’s trust.
“Because of the results, expect the President to show more hard work and determination to prove that he is worthy of the continued trust and support of the people,” Coloma added.