President Benigno Aquino 3rd has emerged as the nation’s most trusted government official, dislodging Vice President Jejomar Binay, whose approval and trust ratings sharply dropped in a third-quarter survey of Pulse Asia.
Binay, who used to be the country’s most trusted and appreciated public official, saw an 18-percentage point drop in his trust ratings.
From 57 percent in June, the Vice President’s ratings dropped to 39 percent in a survey taken from September 8 to 14.
His approval rating also fell to 43 percent in September, a 15-percentage point decline from 58 percent in June.
Binay used to enjoy performance ratings of up to 87 percent.
The first to declare his intention to run for President in next year’s elections, he is under fire over corruption allegations during his term as Makati City (Metro Manila) mayor.
President Aquino, meanwhile, scored majority approval rating in the September survey, receiving 54 percent.
The President received a 49-percent trust rating in September, one point below the 50 percent score he got in June.
Pulse Asia said Aquino is the only one among the top five government officials who got a majority approval rating in the September survey.
The nationwide poll was based on a sample of 2,400 adults aged 18 years old and above. Error margin is plus/minus 2 percent at 95 percent confidence level. Face-to-face interviews were conducted.
Approval and trust ratings of the other top officials of the land remained steady in the third quarter of 2015.
Senate President Franklin Drilon’s approval rating rose to 50 percent from 49 percent previously, while his trust rating jumped to 47 percent from 45 percent in June.
Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. recorded a two-point increase both in his approval and trust ratings to 32 percent and 29 percent, respectively.
It was the opposite for Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, as her June approval rating of 31 percent went down to 29 percent in September.
As for trust ratings, Sereno got 26 percent in September, down one percent from June’s 27 percent.
VP resignation did him in
Malacanang on Thursday said they are gratified by the President’s latest poll numbers.
“We thank our bosses, the Filipino people, for expressing their continued trust in President Aquino’s leadership,” Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said in Filipino.
Coloma, meanwhile, attributed the decline in Binay’s trust and approval ratings to his decision to resign from the Cabinet.
“It’s just reasonable to note that the shift in his status from being a member of the Cabinet to leader of the opposition would have a similar take on his performance and satisfaction rating,” he said.
Binay, who is running for president under the United Nationalist Alliance, resigned from
Aquino’s Cabinet in June.
He was presidential adviser on overseas Filipino workers’ concerns and chairman of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council.
Binay said he remains grateful for the constant support of Filipinos, especially those from the provinces.
“I am thankful that despite the Senate inquisition and the intensified campaign of lies and pattern of deceit against me, our [countrymen’s] faith in me remains steadfast and undiminished,” he added.
“Whatever the results of the survey, my determination to uphold my responsibilities and serve our people will never falter,” Binay said.