Pulse Asia: VP Binay still the most trusted gov’t official

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Monday, January 13, 2014

MANILA – Vice President Jejomar Binay has once again surpassed President Benigno Aquino III as the most trusted government official during the last quarter of 2013 based on the latest Pulse Asia Survey.

In the survey conducted from December 8 to 15, the results showed that both Aquino and Binay tallied highest approval and trust ratings but the country’s chief executive ratings slide down by six-points, registering a 73-percent approval rating while Binay gained additional three percentage points, soaring up to 80 percent.

Binay’s trust rating also went up by three notches, registering 77 percent compared with his previous 74 percent last September while Aquino’s on the other hand dropped by two percentage points, with 74 percent compared with his previous 76 percent.

Senate President Franklin Drilon’s ratings on the other hand continuoes to deteriorate, from September’s 50 percent, it went down to 43 percent while his trust ratings also plunged from 46 percent last September to 40 percent in December.

The Pulse Asia noted that the pork barrel scam involving some lawmakers in the Senate had a great effect to the public perception of Drilon's performance.

“Outright disapproval and distrust are more pronounced toward Senate President Drilon (both at 21%), House Speaker Belmonte (18 percent and 20 percent, respectively), and Supreme Court Chief Justice Sereno (18 percent and 17 percent, respectively) compared with President Aquino (10 percent and 9 percent, respectively) and Vice President Binay (5 percent and 6 percent, respectively),” the survey firm noted.

Meanwhile, the Supreme Court (SC) has registered the highest approval ratings among the three co-equal branches of the government.

The High Court has tallied 52 percent, but still lower compare to its previous 53 percent during the third quarter of 2013.

In the legislative branch, the Senate still failed to get a majority approval rating with only 45 percent on December despite having a 6-percent increase from 39 percent last September while the House of Representatives, did get a five percentage point increase from 37 percent in September to 42 percent in December.

Binay thanked the people’s continued trust and confidence in him. He said the survey result is a source of inspiration.

“Rest assured that we will continue to work hard to improve the lives of our people and provide them the service they deserve,” he said.

Meanwhile, Drilon attributed the decline in his ratings to controversies that hounded Congress last year, particularly the alleged misuse of Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF).

“We at the Senate are even more inspired and invigorated to heed the people’s call for genuine and lasting reforms and in passing legislation that will better serve the interests of the Filipino people, sustain economic growth, enhance government transparency, and eliminate corruption,” he said.

Drilon said he is confident that public trust and confidence in the Senate will be restored before the end of 2014 because of the reforms and other pieces of legislation they have been undertaking. (Sunnex)

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