President Benigno Aquino 3rd scored high marks in foreign relations to catapult his ratings in the second quarter of the year, a Malacañang official said on Tuesday.
According to a Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey conducted in June, the Aquino administration received a +38 satisfaction rating in foreign relations, up by 8 points from the +30 rating last March.
The President’s satisfaction ratings recovered to +31 last month from a record-low +19 in March, based on the recent SWS survey.
More than half or 55 percent of the 1,200 respondents said they were satisfied with the Aquino administration’s performance while 24 percent said they were dissatisfied.
The survey was conducted from June 5 to 8.
The President’s ratings nosedived in the first quarter in the immediate aftermath of the infamous Mamasapano incident where over 60 people were killed, including 44 policemen who were on a mission to arrest an international terrorist.
“Our bosses have expressed agreement with what the government is doing in the area of foreign relations, primarily on the issue concerning [a]dispute in the West Philippine Sea [South China Sea],” Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said in Filipino.
The President had called Filipinos his “bosses.”
Coloma said the country’s rules-based approach to the maritime and territorial row with China has been gaining support among the people
The President in June sought international support for Manila’s position on the dispute and had courageously criticized China for reclaiming land in areas within the country’s exclusive economic zone.
It was also during the time that Aquino compared China’s expansionist moves to what the German Nazis did that sparked the Second World War.
In a separate statement, Malacanang spokesman Edwin Lacierda said the survey’s results proved that the public is satisfied with the government’s efforts “to build a truly inclusive nation.”
“With less than one year left before the 2016 elections, the Aquino government is hard at work boosting our economy and maximizing our country’s potential and resources. The end goal is, of course, the advancement of the Filipino people, whose trust and optimism continue to inspire the administration to serve them better,” Lacierda added.
“Likewise, beyond 2016, it is the public who will ensure the continuity of daang matuwid [straight path], and make the right choice for the benefit of generations to come,” he said.