Trust Ratings of the Top Five National Government Officials from the May 2011 Ulat ng Bayan national survey

The Pulse Asia survey fieldwork was conducted from May 21 to June 4, 2011 using face-to face interviews. The following key developments took place immediately before and during the conduct of the interviews for this survey: (1) the search for a new Ombudsman following the resignation of former Ombudsman Merceditas N. Gutierrez on 06 May 2011; (2) the granting of a 22-peso cost of living allowance (COLA) for Metro Manila
workers; (3) the loss of lives and damage to infrastructure and agriculture in Central Luzon and Bicol due to typhoon Bebeng; (4) the confirmation of several presidential cabinet appointees, the resignation of Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) Secretary Jose de Jesus and Bureau of Corrections (BOC) Director Ernesto Diokno, the reported appointment of former Senator Manuel A. Roxas II to the cabinet and the call for the removal of Bureau of Customs (BOC) Commissioner Angelito Alvarez due to his agency’s alleged failure to curb smuggling in the country; (5) the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) investigation into the special treatment extended by prison officials to several high-profile inmates; (6) the Sandiganbayan’s decision to approve the plea bargain agreement between former Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Comptroller Ret. Maj. Gen. Carlos Garcia and government prosecutors and the Aquino administration’s move to appeal this decision; (7) the resumption of the Senate inquiry into the alleged corruption in the military following the Sandiganbayan’s decision to
uphold the said plea bargain agreement; (8) the ongoing debates on proposed legislation regarding reproductive health and divorce; (9) the dispute between the Philippines and China arising from the latter’s intrusion into Philippine territory and airspace around the Spratlys; (10) the fishkill in Batangas and Pangasinan resulting in damages amount to P190 million; and (11) the increase in pump prices, the rollback in LPG prices, the decline in power charges by the Manila Electric Company (MERALCO) and the deferment of the LRT/MRT fare hike.


Three of the country’s top five national government officials enjoy majority approval ratings; Vice-President Jejomar C. Binay obtains the highest overall approval rating (83%)

Most Filipinos are appreciative of the work done by President Benigno S. Aquino III (71%), Vice-President Jejomar C. Binay (83%) and Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile (57%) in the past three months. On the other hand, House Speaker Feliciano R. Belmonte, Jr. scores essentially the same approval and indecision ratings (39% versus 37%). Indecision is the plurality sentiment as regards Supreme Court Chief Justice Renato C. Corona’s performance (38%). (Please refer to Table 1.)

Vice-President Binay registers the highest national approval rating (83%) while Supreme Court Chief Corona records not only the lowest overall approval rating (28%) but also the highest disapproval score (24%). President Aquino and Vice-President Binay enjoy single-digit disapproval ratings (8% and 4%, respectively). As regards public
ambivalence, it is most pronounced toward the performance of House Speaker Belmonte and Supreme Court Chief Justice Corona (37% and 38%, respectively) and least manifest toward Vice-President Binay’s work (13%). (Please refer to Table 1.)

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Performance and Trust Ratings of the Top Five National Government Officials