Palace welcomes Aquino's satisfaction rating despite decline-A A +A
Monday, October 14, 2013
MALACANANG welcomed Monday the results of the latest survey of the Social Weather Stations (SWS) despite a drop on President Benigno Aquino III's satisfaction rating by 15 points.
In the September 20-23, 2013 survey conducted among 1,200 respondents, SWS survey showed that 68 percent of Filipinos were satisfied of the President's performance, while those dissatisfied were 19 percent or a net of +49.
Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said in a press briefing that while an overwhelming majority of Filipinos remains supportive of the President and his agenda, the Palace recognizes that the increase in the number of dissatisfied people reflects the depth of public anger and disappointment for those who steal and misuse public funds.
The survey was conducted amid the public outrage over the alleged misuse of the Priority Development Assistance Fund or pork barrel.
“We share this anger and disappointment. No amount of clutter should confuse the true issue at hand: Public funds were stolen by elected officials and their cohorts in the bureaucracy and the private sector,” she said.
Public support of the President stemmed from his sincerity in addressing the ills of the system, his unwavering commitment to do what is just and right, his compassion for the underprivileged, and his belief that only by weeding out corruption can we uplift the lives of the poor, she noted.
“These remain our bedrock principles as the Aquino administration takes on its most significant fight yet, against those who have joined ranks to derail us from the straight path. Despite their efforts, we shall triumph, because we know—and the numbers show—that our Bosses, the people, remain on our side,” she continued.
At the same time, Valte expressed her gratitude for the great majority of people who have not been swayed by those opposing reform, thanking them for their commitment and lauding their capacity to discern.
The Palace official also made an assurance that the administration’s pursuit of justice will continue and intensify to hold accountable those who stole public funds and committed abuse of power.
“Those who have wronged us will be held accountable. Those who wish to bring us back to the old ways will not succeed,” she said.
Asked if the Palace expects further drop on the President's rating given the controversy on the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP), Valte said that she would not speculate.
"We don’t know that yet. I don’t know when the next survey will be or when they will be conducting their field work. But, at this point, it would not be healthy again for us to speculate," she said. (SDR/Sunnex)