Pork scam pulls down PNoy's ratings
'Outrage' over pork scam affects admin
MANILA - Net satisfaction with President Benigno Aquino III has dropped 15 percentage points in the latest Social Weather Stations survey in the wake of the P10 billion pork barrel scam.
The September 20-23 Social Weather Survey, published in Businessworld, showed that 68% of Filipinos are satisfied with President Aquino's performance, from the 76% of Filipinos satisfied with Aquino in June 2013.
Dissatisfaction with Aquino also increased to 19% in September, compared to 12% in June 2013.
SWS said net satisfaction with President Aquino is now at +49, from +64 in June 2013, or a drop of 15 percentage points. The latest public satisfaction rating is still higher than the +42 Aquino recorded in May 2012.
The SWS said Aquino's net satisfaction ratings fell across all areas, socioeconomic classes and gender.
In a press conference, Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte acknowledged that the P10 billion pork barrel scam involving businesswoman Janet Lim Napoles and some legislators could have had an effect on public satisfaction with President Aquino.
At least 38 people including three opposition senators are facing plunder charges before the Office of the Ombudsman for their alleged involvement in the pork scam.
Valte pointed out that a Commission on Audit report on alleged pork barrel misuse covered the years 2007-2009 before Aquino was president.
"It is not the President who is involved but select lawmakers that are being accused, that are the subject of these allegations. We do recognize that there is a general outrage about how these funds have been spent or how these funds have been misused and some of that may be directed at the present administration," she said.
She also said she does not know if the present controversy over the disbursement acceleration program (DAP) will further affect Aquino's ratings.
The September 20-23 survey was conducted before Sen. Jinggoy Estrada delivered a speech on the disbursement acceleration program, which was allegedly used by Malacañang as bribes or incentives to senators who voted to convict Chief Justice Renato Corona in his impeachment trial.
Palace spokespersons have denied the allegations.
Valte said the administration is still intent on weeding out corruption in government and uplift the lives of the poor.
"Those who have wronged us will be held accountable. Those who wish to bring us back to the old ways will not succeed," she added.
The September 2013 Social Weather Survey used face-to-face interviews of 1,200 adults in Metro Manila, the Balance of Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. The survey has sampling error margins of ±3% for national percentages and ±6% for area percentages.