PNoy's ratings seen to drop further due to 'speech failure'

Posted at 07/17/14 4:22 PM

MANILA - Retired Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Oscar Cruz sees President Benigno Aquino III’s approval rating sliding further due to “failure” of a speech.

In an interview with Radio Veritas, Cruz said Aquino’s speech writer who wrote his televised address defending the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) and warning the Supreme Court did him a disservice.

“Imagine, the Supreme Court has a unanimous decision that they intend to appeal. Not only that, you have a hidden threat – which could be to impeach the members of the high court,” he said.

The Social Weather Station and Pulse Asia separately reported this week a big drop in Aquino’s net satisfaction, trust and approval ratings.

The slide could be due to factors such as the pork barrel scam, higher prices of some basic commodities, and the government’s Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP), which was declared unconstitutional by the high court.

The surveys were released before Aquino’s speech on Monday night.

Reacting to Aquino’s televised address, the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) chief said government leaders should practice humility and respect democratic principles.

“It is equally important for our people to hold fast to the basic tenets of the democratic way of life enshrined in our Constitution–it is for the Judiciary to interpret the law with definitiveness in the process of resolving justiciable issues. We must respect the Supreme Court. Where there was error, there must be humble admission and immediate rectification,” CBCP President Socrates Villegas said.