VP most trusted in govt, says survey


What a difference a weekend makes.

Just two days after pollsters announced that he has lost the pole position in the voters’ presidential preference, another survey has shown that people trust Vice President Jejomar Binay more than other officials in the government.

According to a Pulse Asia survey of 1,200 people conducted from May 30 to June 5, fifty-eight (58) percent appreciated what Binay is doing in the government while President Benigno Aquino 3rd was four percentage points behind.

A total of 57 percent also put their trust in the Vice President, with Aquino getting the trust of 50 percent.

The survey–which has a margin of error of plus-or-minus 3 percent–was conducted just as a Senate blue ribbon sub-committee was investigating the allegedly overpriced Makati City Hall Building 2 that implicated the Vice President.

It was also during this period that the Court of Appeals granted a petition filed by the Anti-Money Laundering Council to freeze Binay’s bank accounts as well as those of his wife, Elenita, and son, Makati City Mayor Jejomar Erwin Binay Jr.

Late last week, the Social Weather Stations as well as Pulse Asia announced results of their presidential surveys. Both pollsters reported that Binay slid down to No. 2 spot with Sen. Grace Poe leading the pack.

Pulse Asia’s latest trust and performance survey only included top officials of major branches of government.

On the other end of the approval and trust rating was Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, who only had 31 percent appreciating her work and 27 percent trusting her. She also had the highest disapproval and distrust ratings at 14 percent and 17 percent, respectively. Filipinos were also most undecided about Sereno’s performance (52 percent) and trustworthiness (53 percent).

A total of 49 percent appreciated Senate President Franklin Drilon’s work and 30 percent for that of House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. It also showed that 45 percent trusted Drilon while Belmonte got 28 percent.

Meanwhile, the Supreme Court enjoyed the highest approval rating, 44 percent, followed by the Senate at 40 percent and the House of Representatives at 35 percent.

Pulse Asia noted that the three government institutions failed to clinch a majority approval rating across all geographic areas and social classes.
Reacting to the results of the trust and performance survey, the Vice President’s camp said it only showed that Filipinos appreciated Binay’s “hard work.”

“The latest results of the Pulse Asia Survey show that the people appreciate his hard work and dedication to public service. More important, it highlights that attacking the Vice President does not make his political opponents prepared for the job of the presidency,” Rico Quicho, the Vice President’s political spokesman, said in a statement.
Quicho added that ongoing Senate blue ribbon sub-committee hearings only aims to discredit Binay.

“The Vice President will continue with his public service and concentrate to fight poverty and rising income inequality. He will move for inclusive economic growth while others play petty politics. The Vice President’s political opponents’ rhetoric does not match their record,” he said.

Malacañang, meanwhile, welcomed the good news, saying Aquino’s improved numbers were a “testament to the people’s confidence in the President’s integrity and reliability.”

Its spokesman Edwin Lacierda highlighted the gains of the Aquino administration in creating jobs, alleviating poverty, increasing educational investments and infrastructure projects and improving the country’s international reputation.

Lacierda attributed these achievements to the people’s trust in Aquino.

“From the beginning, the Aquino administration has sought to change the course of our country’s narrative, from opaqueness to transparency, from the crooked to the straight path… All these are made possible by the people’s trust in the President,” he said.

“With roughly one year left for this administration, it is the Filipino people’s support which continues to inspire us to serve them better, and it is their discernment in future elections that will ensure the continuity of what we have done as we continue to tread daang matuwid [straight path],” Lacierda added.


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    Pulse Asia survey that Binay is most trusted? That’s a bull. Despite the still unanswered corruption charges against he still is the most trusted? What a
    corrupted survey.


    Binay most trusted in government? You must be kidding. Despite his refusal to
    answer the charges of corruption that are leveled against him he still is the most
    trusted? Pulse Asia must be joking. If it is true that he is a trusted government
    official why until now he refuse to answer the charges against him? He continues
    to ignore it. A public office is a public trust wherein government officials are open
    to public scrutiny. But this Binay, continues to ignore the charges against him.
    And now this Pulse Asia is trumpeting that he is the most trusted? This is the problem
    about us Filipinos, we are endowed with our minds to think and decide, we have eyes
    to see but we refuse to use them. What about these issues regarding the Makati
    overpriced parking building, these alledged properties in Batangas? Up to now these
    issues remain unanswered? Does Pulse Asia already took the cudgels for Binay?
    Common folks, better think and analyse it better.

  3. jose btaganahan on

    “VP most trusted in govt, says survey”This news item is a total lie and clearly show that the Manila Times is favoring the corrupt VP Binay. For the record and according to Pulse Asia, VP Binay lags behind Sen. Grace Poe who has 93% trust rating or even Sen.Chiz Escudero and Sen. who has 80% plus trust ratings or even Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano and Sen.Bongbong Marcos who has 70% plus trust ratings

  4. cyrie letada on

    Most trusted si Binay? Pulse Asia lukuhin nyo si Binay. Number 1 corrupt si Binay tapos most trusted. MAG-KANO KAYA BINAYAD NI BINAY SA PULSE ASIA?

  5. P.Akialamiro on

    Who believes in this statistics when VP is being accused of corruption left and right?! What a lie!

  6. FALSE ASIA//….Ano kami Hilo?? Hindi pa namin nakakalimutan ang pangyayari sa DASMA VILLAGE sa makati tungkol sa paghari harian ni JunJun Binay against sa mga ordinaryong security guard who is doing their job…Di lalo na siguro kung maging Presidente pa ang tatay nito na si Mr. Binay Sr. Nagpakita kayo sa mga mamayang filipino ng pagka abusado ninyo porke ba mayor si Jr at VP ang ama?? hindi ba ninyo maalala ang mga ito…Hindi kayo dapat maging President ng bayan, dahil ngayon pa lang marami na kayong ginawang pagnanakaw sa kaban ng bayan. Sinamantala ninyo ang pagka VP ninyo , eh di lalo na kung maging Presidente ka pa Binay…Abusadong Pamilya…. NO TO BINAY DYNASTY…..ZERO TO ALL LIBERAL PARTY…

  7. Frank Carino on

    How could a person tabbed as the most corrupt official the Philippines ever have, could be the “most trusted” in government? Very stupid survey. How much have you been paid by the Binay’s camp?

  8. Binay’s PUBLIC RELATIONS team is now working double time to change his image.
    This PULSE ASIA survey is one of them kahit hindi totoo na siya ay most trusted kuno. This is a joke survey to mold the minds of the public that he is worthy to become a president. Let us watch out for those media who publish good image of BINAY. They are questionable. Gising bayan ko.

  9. If this crook Pulse Asia survey said that Mr.13% VP Binay is the most trusted government official,the question is whom can we trust in the government now.

  10. Felimon A. Soria on

    Pulse Asia poll: How could this be? Despite all the allegations and perception of a lot of people what he has done as Mayor of Makati again how could this be?