Pulse Asia: Drilon, Belmonte trust score declines-A A +A
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
MANILA (Updated) -- The public's trust on leaders of both houses of Congress declined, a nationwide survey showed on Wednesday.
The Pulse Asia's September 2013 nationwide survey on the performance and trust ratings of the country’s top five officials marked a slight decline for Senate President Franklin Drilon and House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. from the June 2013 edition.
Pulse Asia said in its report that Belmonte registered a decline in trust ratings among residents in Mindanao by 16 percentage points, and an increase in distrust score in Visayas by 20 percentage points.
The score of Drilon, who was rated as a senator in June as he assumed Senate presidency only by July, slipped by 12 percentage points in his performance score.
One of the possible reasons for both declines in his performance rating and the trust ratings of the Senate and the House of Representative is the alleged misuse of the pork barrel fund involving some lawmakers.
The survey showed that despite issues on alleged misuse of the priority development assistance fund (PDAF) or pork barrel, the ongoing tension between Philippines and China due to disputed territories, and the crisis that happened in Zamboanga, most of the Filipinos still remain appreciative to the brand of leadership of President Benigno Aquino III and Vice President Jejomar Binay.
The public trust on the country's highest leaders, Aquino and Binay, remains high at 76 and 74 percent, respectively. Their approval ratings are also high as Aquino and Binay received nods from almost eight out of every 10 individuals.
The independent pollster also said that the changes between June and September survey were too small.
"The overall performance and trust ratings of four of the country's five leading government officials remain generally constant between June and September 2013," said Pulse Asia in a statement.
The survey also showed that only the Supreme Court succeeded in scoring a majority approval rating of most Filipinos at 53 percent.
The survey used face-to-face interviews with 1,200 respondents, aged 18 years old and above, from September 14 to 27. It has a plus/minus three percent error margin and 95 percent confidence level.
In a statement, Binay thanked the public for their continued confidence in his performance.
"Asahan po ninyo na higit ko pang pag-iibayuhin ang pagtulong sa inyo lalo na sa panahon ng pangangailangan. Tuloy-tuloy po nating pagsisikapan na mabigyan ng disenteng tahanan ang lahat at bigyang lunas ang suliranin ng ating mga OFWs (overseas Filipino workers)," he said.
Drilon, meanwhile, was not surprised by the drop in his rating, claiming he was a subject of demolition job in the past weeks to divert public attention from the "real culprits" of the pork barrel scandal.
"However, I am confident that after our justice system takes its course; when after a speedy and impartial trial the guilty is punished and imprisoned and the innocent is acquitted, the Senate as an institution will emerge stronger and more credible in the eyes of the Filipino people," he said, adding reforms in the Senate will start with the "immediate and unconditional abolition" of the pork barrel system.
Drilon was criticized by his colleagues for his previous position not to summon alleged pork barrel scam mastermind Janet Napoles to the Senate inquiry. He denied protecting Napoles' interests even if there were photos showing he was with the businesswoman in a social event.
The Senate leader is also facing plunder cases filed by political foe, former Iloilo representative Augusto Syjuco Jr., before the Office of the Ombudsman. (Sunnex)