53 pct of Pinoys think Senate PDAF probe unfair: Pulse

Posted at 08/14/14 9:10 AM

MANILA - A little over half of Filipinos believe the Senate investigation into the P10 billion pork barrel scam involving Janet Lim Napoles is unfair, the latest Pulse Asia survey revealed Thursday.

The survey, conducted last June 24 to July 2, showed that 53% of 1,200 representative adults agree that the Senate investigation on the scam has been unfair because only those who are not allied with the Aquino administration are being investigated and charged.

Pulse Asia said the sentiment is echoed by majorities in the rest of Luzon (55%), Metro Manila (61%), and Classes ABC and D (64% and 53%, respectively).

"This is also the plurality opinion in Mindanao (46%), the Visayas (50%), and Class E (48%)," the private pollster said.

In comparison, only 30% of respondents said the Senate probe has been fair.

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The pork barrel scam involves the alleged funneling of lawmakers' priority development assistance funds to fake non-government organizations of Janet Lim Napoles.

Three opposition senators - Juan Ponce Enrile, Jinggoy Estrada and Bong Revilla - are currently detained at the Philippine National Police headquarters in connection with the scam.

In the survey, 90% of Filipinos said they are aware of the various lists of personalities allegedly linked to the scam. However, 56% of Filipinos said they know a little or have almost no knowledge at all about the listed names released by Napoles and pork scam whistle-blower Benhur Luy.

The survey also showed 30% of Filipinos agree that most of the names listed are believably involved in the PDAF scam while another 19% said all the names listed are believably involved in the scam.

Thirty-four percent of Filipinos agree that some of the names listed are believably involved in the scam. Only 4% of respondents said all the names in the list are not involved in the PDAF scam.

The survey has a ± 3% error margin at the 95% confidence level. Subnational estimates for each of the geographic areas covered in the survey (i.e., Metro Manila, the rest of Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao) have a ± 6% error margin, also at 95% confidence level.

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