DAP ruling pulls down ratings of top govt leaders

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Approval and trust ratings of the country’s top five leaders fell after the Supreme Court decided that parts of the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) were unconstitutional.

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dapThe survey that Pulse Asia conducted last June showed the ratings of President Benigno Aquino 3rd, Vice President Jejomar Binay, Senate President Franklin Drilon, House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. and Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno all dropped.

The poll, from June 24 to July 2, covered the period when the Supreme Court made the ruling on the DAP.

The President’s performance rating fell to 56 percent last June from 70 percent last March, while his trust rating slid to 53 percent from 69 percent.

The approval ratings of Binay and Drilon dropped six percentage points, to 81 percent and 52 percent, respectively.

Binay had a 79 percent trust rating (down seven percentage points) and Drilon, 46 percent (down nine points).

Belmonte’s approval rating was 33 percent, down from 36 percent in March. His 28 percent trust rating slipped from 31 percent.

Sereno had a 35 percent approval rating from 40 percent in March, and a 32 percent trust rating from 36 percent.

Malacañang spokesman Edwin Lacierda was quick to defend Aquino’s ratings, his lowest since he assumed office in 2010.

“We have a healthy plurality that continues to support the President,” Lacierda said on Friday.

Aside from the DAP, other burning issues at the time of the survey include the pork barrel scam controversy, the increase in the prices of basic commodities, the series of high-profile killings, the continued tension between the Philippines and China over disputed territories and the President’s rejection of actress Nora Aunor as National Artist for Film.

Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said they recognize the public’s rising expectations that “government will level up and deliver on the salient points of the President’s social contract” in Aquino’s remaining two years in office.

Joey Salgado, the Vice President’s spokesman, said in a statement that
Binay will not allow politically motivated attacks to affect his performance.

Since he assumed office, Salgado noted that Binay “has received majority trust and approval ratings, and for this he is grateful to the people.”

“He will continue to focus on his work and will not be distracted or deterred by baseless, fictitious and politically motivated attacks clearly linked to the coming 2016 presidential election,” he said.

With BERNICE CAMILLE V. BAUZON

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