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SEN. Emmanuel "Manny" Pacquiao's disapproval rating increased by 23 percent in the second quarter of 2021, according to a survey conducted by PUBLiCUS Asia Inc. from July 13 to 19.

"In light of his recent statements against the incumbent president, [Pacquiao's] disapproval rating surged from 12 percent to 35 percent," PUBLiCUS said.

The senator's approval and trust ratings also slid down in the second quarter.

He received an approval rating of 37 percent, which was 29 points lower than his 66-percent approval rating during the first quarter.

His trust rating declined from 53 percent to 25 percent.

Pacquiao, who is said to be considering running for president in 2022, is in the US to train for his fight with Errol Spence in August.

On July 17, during a national assembly attended by President Rodrigo Duterte, Pacquiao was ousted as president of the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban).

The group led by Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi, who was earlier removed as vice chairman by Pacquiao, declared all positions vacant. Cusi was elected party president.

Duterte, the chairman of the ruling party, earlier blasted Pacquiao for criticizing his foreign policy, particularly his stand on China's sweeping maritime claims.

Meanwhile, Sen. Mary Grace Poe garnered the highest performance rating among the senators at 50 percent, followed by Sen. Richard Gordon at 48 percent and Senators Christopher Lawrence "Bong" Go and Miguel Zubiri both at 46 percent.

On the other hand, Sen. Leila de Lima received the highest disapproval rating among senators at 65 percent, followed by Sen. Ramon "Bong" Revilla Jr. at 60 percent.

Data showed that some senators accumulated a higher disapproval rating compared to their approval rating, including Cynthia Villar with 41 percent disapproval and 31 percent approval rating, Ronald "Bato" dela Rosa with 39 percent disapproval and 33 percent approval rating, and Franklin Drilon with 35 percent disapproval and 31 percent approval rating.

Conversely, Senators Poe, Zubiri, Gordon, Sherwin Gatchalian, Emmanuel Joel Villanueva, Panfilo Lacson, Juan Edgardo Angara and Pilar Juliana Cayetano got wide margins in their approval and disapproval ratings, ranging from 23 to 31 percent.

Go garnered a "high" trust rating of 36 percent, an increase by 1 percent from his rating during the first quarter.

He received a "low" trust rating of 36 percent.

Go was followed by Poe and Sen. Maria Imelda Josefa "Imee" Marcos at 34 and 31 percent "high" trust ratings, respectively, and 26 and 33 percent "low" trust ratings, also respectively.

Senators Manuel "Lito" Lapid, de Lima and Revilla were at the bottom for "least trusted" with total "low" trust rating ranging from 46 percent to 71 percent, the survey also showed.

The three also accumulated the least "high" trust ratings ranging from 9 to 15 percent.

PUBLiCUS surveyed 1,500 adults drawn from a research panel of approximately 100,000 registered Filipino voters.

The noncommissioned national survey covered nine modules: state of the economy and economic prospects; Covid-19 vaccine prioritization and openness to safety protocols; national issues; scorecard for national leaders and institutions; emotional quotient of incumbent and prospective leaders; media consumption habits and responses to media campaigns; predisposition; blended learning; and new normal consumption habits.