7 out of 10 Filipinos still trust PNoy

(SPOT.ph) Despite plummeting approval ratings, President Noynoy Aquino maintains a relatively high performance score with 7 out of 10 (71 percent) Filipinos supporting him, reports ABS-CBN News. The latest figures came from Pulse Asia's Ulat ng Bayan survey that was from conducted May 21 to June 4. Meanwhile, another SWS survey conducted from June 3 to 5 revealed that 64 percent of Filipinos continue to be satisfied with Aquino.

According to ABS-CBN, both survey results show a drop in ratings compared to his previous rating of 80 percent in October. Zambales Rep. Mitos Magsayasay attributed the decline to a lack in concrete reforms. Bayan Muna Rep. Teddy Casino agreed,and compared Aquino to his predecessor, Gloria Arroyo: "(Parehas silang) nagsasabing they have the highest growth rates, gumaganda ang ekonomiya pero hindi nararamdaman (Both say they have the highest growth rates and improving economy but no one ever felt it)."

Paul Hutchcroft, the director of international, political and strategic studies at Australia National University, explained that Aquino's initial high ratings were due to his popularity when he first entered office. "He had high ambitions of wiping out corruption," he said.

However, Hutchcroft believes this promise is a tall order, especially with only a six-year term. Patronage corruption or the padrino system, is deeply and historically entrenched, he said. "If (Aquino) is serious, it's important to build institutions that can fill the void of patronage structures."

Aquino, though, is unfazed by his ratings. Using a mix of Filipino and English, he said, "I was reading an article about this country wherein the politicians were so geared towards surveys. Instead of making long-term decisions and plans, they base their moves on surveys."

For more on this story, log on to ABS-CBN News.

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