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.