Malacañang is “gratified” that President Benigno Aquino 3rd managed to recover his ratings after they fell to their lowest in March in the immediate aftermath of the infamous Mamasapano incident.
Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. on Friday said the President sees the recovery as an acknowledgement of reform programs under his administration.
“President Aquino is gratified that our bosses, the Filipino people, recognize the efforts of his administration to improve the delivery of public services and continue implementing vital reforms,” Coloma added.
According to the Social Weather Stations (SWS), the President’s net satisfaction rating increased by 10 percentage points from an all-time-low of +11 percent last March, or two months after the January 25 Mamasapano incident in Maguindanao where over 60 people including 44 elite policemen were killed.
The SWS said its survey showed 57 percent were satisfied with Aquino’s performance, up 10 points from 47 percent in March. Those dissatisfied with the President’s performance were 27 percent of respondents as of latest survey, an improvement from the 36 percent in March.
Net public satisfaction with Aquino as of June 5 to 8 (when the survey was done) thus bounced back to a “good” +30 from a “moderate” +11 last March.
It was highest in Mindanao, at a “good” +39, marking a 14-point gain from the “moderate” +25 Aquino got in March.
The President’s lowest rating came from Metro Manila at a “neutral” +8, which hardly moved from the +7 last March.
His ratings bounced back over a month after Manila managed to convince Indonesia to stay the execution of death convict and overseas Filipino worker Mary Jane Veloso.
“We will intensify efforts to accelerate the development of public infrastructure, broaden social protection and strengthen public institutions so that the ultimate objective of achieving long-term inclusive growth may be attained,” Coloma said.