President Benigno Aquino 3rd and Vice President Jejomar Binay received high approval and trust ratings in the latest Pulse Asia survey.
The survey, which was conducted from September 14 to 27, showed that Aquino got a high 79 percent approval rating, higher than his 73 percent approval rating in June.
Binay received 77 percent performance rating, one percent lower than his 78 percent rating in June. Binay got a 74 percent trust rating, 4 percent lower than his past 78 percent trust rating, which is also 4 percent lower than his past 78 percent trust rating.
The trust and approval ratings of Senate President Franklin Drilon however went down, and this was attributed to the pork barrel scam.
The survey showed that that one in two Filipinos (50 percent of respondents) approved of Drilon’s work, this rating was lower by 12-percentage point than his 62 percent approval rating in June.
”It appears that the controversy surrounding the alleged misuse of the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) involving some lawmakers has adversely affected public perception of Senate President Drilon’s performance as he experiences a marked decline in his national approval rating,” Pulse Asia said in a release.
House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte and Chief Justice Lourdes Sereno received the lowest ratings.
Belmonte got 37 percent and 34 percent on performance and trust ratings while Sereno received 42 percent and 40 percent, respectively.
The overall approval and trust ratings of both the Senate and House of Representatives also dropped.
“The controversy regarding the alleged misuse of the PDAF of several lawmakers appears to have adversely affected public opinion regarding the performance and trustworthiness of both the Senate and House of Representatives,” Pulse Asia said.
It said the overall approval rating of the Senate went down by 14 percentage points, from 53 percent in June to 39 in September, and as much as 15 percentage points for the House, from 52 percent in June to 37 in September.
Malacañang was pleased by the President’s higher approval rating.
“This is a reflection of the unwavering confidence that the Filipino people have in President Aquino and his reform agenda—confidence that has remained strong despite the attempts of those who oppose the President’s good governance and anti-corruption agenda to sow distrust and confusion,’” Palace spokesman Edwin Lacierda said.
”It is clear that those who are now being held to account for their role in the abuse of our national coffers, despite their formidable opposition to this, are failing to confuse the public. Instead, the Filipino people continue to support the difficult reforms that the President has spearheaded. They know that the President remains sincere in his work: in his desire to uphold the truth, to uproot corruption, and to ensure that no one is left behind,” he added.
WITH A REPORT FROM PNA