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MEDIA

RELEASE
(October 01, 2015)
FROM:

Ronald D. Holmes
President
Pulse Asia Research, Inc.

RE:

Pulse Asia Researchs September 2015 Nationwide Survey on


the Performance and Trust Ratings of the Top Five Philippine Government
Officials and Performance Ratings of Key Government Institutions

Pulse Asia Research, Inc. is pleased to share with you some findings on the Performance
and Trust Ratings of the Top Five Philippine Government Officials and Performance Ratings of
Key Government Institutions from the September 2015 Ulat ng Bayan national survey. We request
you to assist us in informing the public by disseminating this information.
The survey fieldwork was conducted from September 8 14, 2015 using face-to-face
interviews. Some of the key developments which took place in the weeks immediately prior to
and during the conduct of the interviews for this survey are:
(1) The official endorsement by President Benigno S. Aquino III of Department of Interior and
Local Government (DILG) Secretary Manuel A. Roxas II as the standard bearer of the
Liberal Party (LP) for the May 2016 elections; the DILG Secretarys search for a running
mate; and the LPs declaration that it would embark on a positive electoral campaign
which will not involve black propaganda, dirty tricks, and political mudslinging;
(2) The convening of the Supreme Court (SC) as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET) for
the purpose of resolving pending cases related to the May 2010 and May 2013 elections
among which are the electoral protest filed by DILG Secretary Roxas against Vice-President
Binay in the May 2010 vice-presidential contest, with SC Chief Justice Maria Lourdes
Sereno saying the PET will expedite the resolution of these cases in preparation for the
expected filing of new cases in connection with the May 2016 elections;
(3) The disqualification case filed against Senator Grace Poe before the Senate Electoral
Tribunal (SET) which questions her citizenship and residency in the Philippines; the SETs
directive to the Bureau of Immigration (BI) and the National Statistics Office (NSO) to
produce the lawmakers citizenship and birth records as it embarks on its investigation
into the matter; and the SETs decision during its 11 September 2015 hearing to drop the
question of residency against Senator Poe which now shifts the focus on the question of
her citizenship;

(4) Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Dutertes announcement made on 07 September 2015 that he
will not be running for president in May 2016 in light of his plans to retire from politics
next year but despite this, the Davao City Mayors supporters and advocates of federalism
are still hopeful that he will reconsider his decision before the deadline for the filing of
certificates of candidacy on 16 October 2015;
(5) The decision of the Commission on Election (COMELEC) to lease 93,977 all-new optical
mark recorded (OMR) machines from Smartmatic-Total Information Management (TIM),
a move which COMELEC Chairperson Andres Bautista referred to as the most viable,
practical, and safest option to ensure credible elections in May 2016, and the signing of a
P 1.72B contract between the COMELEC and Smartmatic-TIM on 28 August 2015 for the
supply of 23,000 OMR machines;
(6) Vice-President Jejomar C. Binays True State of the Nation Address (TSONA) delivered on
03 August 2015 wherein he called President Aquinos tuwid na daan a failure since the
number of poor, hungry, and jobless Filipinos increased under the incumbent
administration;
(7) The rally staged by Iglesia ni Cristo (INC) members along EDSA beginning 27 August 2015
to protest what it referred to as the Department of Justices (DOJ) meddling in the churchs
internal affairs by investigating the illegal detention case filed by a former INC minister
against the church, with the rally ending after five days amidst rumors of a deal being
struck between the INC and the national administration which reportedly included the
sacking of DOJ Secretary Leila M. de lima and the dropping of the illegal detention charges
against the INC; Malacaangs denial of any deal being made between the government and
the INC; and DOJ Secretary de Limas clarification that she is not stepping down and that,
contrary to rumors, the DOJ will proceed with the preliminary investigation into the illegal
detention case against the INC;
(8) The filing of charges by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) against a third batch of
former and current lawmakers including Senator Gregorio Honasan and Technical
Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) Director General Emmanuel
Villanueva in connection with the alleged misuse of their Priority Development
Assistance Fund (PDAF);
(9) The filing of another case of malversation of public funds before the Office of the
Ombudsman against 20 current and former lawmakers in connection with the alleged
misuse of their PDAF allocations amounting to P 500M which reportedly went to 15
dubious non-governmental organizations (NGOs) from 2007 to 2009, with incumbent
Senators Juan Ponce Enrile and Ramon Revilla, Jr. and former Senator Edgardo Angara
being among those included as defendants in the case, and the reported involvement of
four former and current officials of the Commission on Audit (COA) in the scam;
(10) The signing by 17 senators of the report on the substitute Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) by
the Senate Committee on Local Government and the sponsorship speech of Senator
Ferdinand Marcos, Jr. wherein he emphasized that the Senates version of the BBL is
constitutional and would ensure that the powers of the national government enshrined in
the 1987 Philippine Constitution will be preserved; the lack of a quorum in the House of
Representatives (HOR) during the period of interpellation of the draft BBL which led
House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte, Jr. to express concern about the possibility of the Lower
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House being unable to meet its deadline of 15 September 2015 to pass the bill and transmit
it to the Senate; and President Aquinos expression of optimism that the BBL will be passed
by Congress despite various challenges it has encountered;
(11) President Aquinos remarks made during a media forum as regards an alternative truth
concerning the Mamasapano encounter in January 2015 which resulted in the death of 44
members of the Philippine National Police-Special Action Force (PNP-SAF); Senator Poes
willingness to re-open the Senate investigation into the matter in light of the reported new
evidence questioning the PNP-SAFs claim and the PNP Board of Inquirys findings that
PNP-SAF members were the ones responsible for killing Malaysian terrorist Zulkifli bin
Hir, alias Marwan, and not Marwans aides as asserted by the Moro Islamic Liberation
Front (MILF); and the efforts of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) to validate new
information about the real killers of Marwan, among other things;
(12) The order issued by the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee for the arrest of 11 individuals due
to their failure to attend hearings on the allegations of corruption against Vice-President
Binay and, in another development, the latest hearing conducted by the Senate Blue Ribbon
Sub-Committee wherein a resource person disclosed that several alleged dummy firms of
Vice-President Binay got most of the P 5.6B worth of contracts to provide security,
janitorial, and IT services for the Makati City local government for the last decade or so;
(13) The SCs 8-4 decision allowing Senator Enrile to post bail while on trial for his alleged
involvement in the PDAF scam which, consequently, paved the way for the lawmakers
return to the Senate, and the controversy that followed involving Associate Justices Lucas
Bersamin and Marvic Leonen with the former disputing the allegations made by the latter
that the majority opinion on the case, which was penned by Associate Justice Bersamin
himself, was the result of obvious political accommodation rather than a judicious
consideration of the facts and the law;
(14) The Office of the Ombudsmans filing of a motion for reconsideration before the SC on the
grounds that the decision allowing Senator Enrile to post bail was made without due
process as the SC did not allow the prosecution to contest the lawmakers claim that he
should be allowed bail due to his poor health condition and that it violated the equal
protection clause in light of the special favor granted to the lawmaker;
(15) Malacaangs opposition to a bill filed in the HOR seeking to reduce the taxes being paid
by fixed-income earners as this would reduce government revenues by at least P 29B
annually, House Speaker Belmontes continued expression of support for the income tax
reform bill notwithstanding, and Senator Juan Edgardo Angaras call for the Senate and
the HOR to work together on a modified tax reduction scheme for the benefit of fixedincome earners;
(16) The Presidents directive to the Philippine National Police-Highway Patrol Group (PNPHPG) for it to take over the management of traffic along EDSA beginning 07 September
2015, the horrendous traffic jam in Metro Manila on 08 September 2015 due to flash floods
and the lack of traffic enforcers along major thoroughfares, and Malacaangs
announcement that a truck ban will be reimposed along EDSA starting 15 September 2015;

(17) The confirmation of Gen. Hernando Delfin Iriberri as Armed Forces of the Philippines
(AFP) Chief of Staff, the appointment of LP Secretary General Mel Senen Sarmiento as the
new DILG Secretary, and the resignation of Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)
Secretary Gregory Domingo;
(18) The call made by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the United
States (US) for China to stop its land reclamation activities in disputed territories in the
South China Sea amidst the Chinese governments continued insistence on the legality of
its actions in the area;
(19) The massive blasts at a port in Tianjin, China which resulted in the death of more than 100
individuals, injured hundreds, and left thousands homeless, with fire officials attributing
the explosions to a fire at one of the warehouses where hazardous chemicals were stored;
the bomb explosion in a Bangkok religious shrine which killed at least 20 people and
injured more than 100 others; and the death of 107 pilgrims following the crash of a
construction crane through the roof of the Grand Mosque in Mecca, Saudi Arabia;
(20) On the economic front, the depreciation of the local currency vis--vis the American dollar
as it breached the P47:$1-mark following the strengthening of the latter due to the possible
increase in interest rates by the end of September 2015 and the continued weakening of
regional US Federal Reserve currencies; the Philippine Statistics Authoritys (PSA)
announcement that inflation reached 0.6% in August 2015; the continued decline in the
electricity bills of Manila Electric Company (Meralco) customers as a result of lower prices
for power supply; and the rise in fuel prices due to movements in prices in the
international market.
This nationwide survey is based on a sample of 2,400 representative adults 18 years old
and above. It has a 2% 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 4% error margin, also at 95% confidence level. Those interested in further
technical details concerning the survey's questionnaire and sampling design may request Pulse
Asia Research in writing for fuller details.
Pulse Asia Researchs pool of academic fellows takes full responsibility for the design and
conduct of the survey, as well as for analyses it makes based on the survey data. In keeping with
our academic nature, no religious, political, economic, or partisan group influenced any of these
processes. Pulse Asia Research undertakes Ulat ng Bayan surveys on its own without any party
singularly commissioning the research effort.
For any clarification or questions, kindly contact Dr. Ana Maria Tabunda, Research
Director of Pulse Asia Research, at 09189436816 or Prof. Ronald D. Holmes, Pulse Asia Research
President, at 09189335497 or via email (ronald.holmes@gmail.com).

Pulse Asia Researchs September 2015 Ulat ng Bayan Survey:


Media Release on the Performance and Trust Ratings of the Top Five Philippine
Government Officials and Performance Ratings of Key Government Institutions
01 October 2015
Only President Benigno S. Aquino III registers a majority approval rating in September
2015 (54%) while not one of the leading officials of the national government succeeds in
scoring a majority trust rating
A little over half of Filipinos (54%) express appreciation for the work done by President
Benigno S. Aquino III in the past quarter. The latter is the only one among the top five officials
of the Philippine government who obtains a majority approval rating in September 2015. In
the case of Vice-President Jejomar C. Binay, approval is the plurality opinion toward his
quarterly performance (43%). Meanwhile, one in two Filipinos (50%) has a positive
assessment of Senate President Franklin M. Drilons work. As for House Speaker Feliciano R.
Belmonte, Jr. and Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes A. Sereno, almost half of
Filipinos (47% and 46%, respectively) cannot say if they approve or disapprove of their
performance. The disapproval ratings of these government officials range from 13% for
Senate President Drilon to 26% for Vice-President Binay (Please refer to Table 1.)

Table 1
AWARENESS & PERFORMANCE RATINGS OF TOP NATIONAL OFFICIALS
September 8 - 14, 2015 / Philippines / PR1&2
(Row Percent)

Aware

Approval

Base: Aware
Undecided

Disapproval

BENIGNO S. AQUINO III


(President)

100

54

30

16

JEJOMAR C. BINAY
(Vice-President)

100

43

31

26

FRANKLIN M. DRILON
(Senate President)

99

50

36

13

FELICIANO R. BELMONTE, JR.


(Speaker of the
House of Representatives)

86

32

47

18

MARIA LOURDES A. SERENO


(Supreme Court Chief Justice)

75

29

46

19

Top National Officials

P R 1. Q 5 3 a - e . M a yro o n a k o rito ng m ga pa nga la n ng ila ng m ga o pis ya l ng a t ing pa m a ha la a n. P a k is a bi ninyo a ng inyo ng o pinyo n t ungk o l
P R 2 . Q 6 1a - e . s a pa gga na p nila ng k a nila ng t ungk ulin nit o ng huling t a t lo ng buwa n. S a pa m a m a git a n po ng bo a rd na it o , k a yo ba a y
( S H O W A N D R E A D R A T IN G B O A R D ) k a y ( N A M E ) s a k a nya ng pa gga na p bila ng ( P O S IT IO N ) o wa la pa k a yo ng na rinig,
na ba s a o na pa no o d na k a hit na a no t ungk o l s a k a nya k a hit na k a ila n?
N o t e s : ( 1) % A ppro v e = % T ruly A ppro v e plus %A ppro v e ; % D is a ppro v e = %D is a ppro v e plus % T ruly D is a ppro v e .
( 2 ) F igure s m a y no t a dd up t o 10 0 % due t o ro unding o f f o r t o D o n't Kno w a nd R e f us e re s po ns e s .

In the different geographic areas and socio-economic classes, President Aquino enjoys
majority approval ratings in Mindanao (59%), the Visayas (71%), and Classes D and E (52%
and 59%, respectively). The plurality opinion in the rest of Luzon and the best-off Class ABC
concerning presidential performance is one of approval (47% and 49%, respectively). The
President, however, posts almost the same approval and indecision figures in Metro Manila
(41% versus 36%). (Please refer to Table 2.)
Table 2
PERFORMANCE RATINGS OF TOP NATIONAL OFFICIALS
September 8 - 14, 2015 / Philippines / PR1&2
(In Percent)

APPROVAL
PRES. BENIGNO S. AQUINO III
VICE-PRES. JEJOMAR C. BINAY
SEN. PRES. FRANKLIN M. DRILON
HOUSE SPEAKER FELICIANO R. BELMONTE, JR.
CHIEF JUSTICE MARIA LOURDES A. SERENO

LOCATION
BAL
LUZ
VIS

CLASS

RP

NCR

MIN

ABC

54
43
50
32
29

41
41
42
36
30

47
47
48
34
32

71
36
58
29
24

59
44
49
29
28

49
31
49
38
34

52
44
50
32
29

59
46
48
30
29

30
31
36
47
46

36
32
38
41
40

33
29
36
49
47

21
31
33
47
49

29
33
38
46
43

31
34
35
45
43

32
31
36
47
46

25
28
38
45
46

16
26
13
18
19

22
26
16
16
15

20
24
15
15
15

8
33
9
20
21

12
23
12
23
27

19
34
15
16
15

16
25
13
18
19

16
26
12
20
18

UNDECIDED
PRES. BENIGNO S. AQUINO III
VICE-PRES. JEJOMAR C. BINAY
SEN. PRES. FRANKLIN M. DRILON
HOUSE SPEAKER FELICIANO R. BELMONTE, JR.
CHIEF JUSTICE MARIA LOURDES A. SERENO
DISAPPROVAL
PRES. BENIGNO S. AQUINO III
VICE-PRES. JEJOMAR C. BINAY
SEN. PRES. FRANKLIN M. DRILON
HOUSE SPEAKER FELICIANO R. BELMONTE, JR.
CHIEF JUSTICE MARIA LOURDES A. SERENO

PR1. Q53a-e. M ayroon ako ritong mga pangalan ng ilang mga opisyal ng ating pamahalaan. Pakisabi ninyo ang inyong opinyon tungkol
PR2. Q62a-e. sa pagganap nila ng kanilang tungkulin nitong huling tatlong buwan. Sa pamamagitan po ng board na ito, kayo ba ay
(SHOW AND READ RATING BOARD) kay (NAM E) sa kanyang pagganap bilang (POSITION) o wala pa kayong narinig,
nabasa o napanood na kahit na ano tungkol sa kanya kahit na kailan?
Notes: (1) % Approve = % Truly Approve plus %Approve; % Disapprove = Disapprove plus % Truly Disapprove.
(2) Figures may not add up to 100% due to rounding off or to Don't Know and Refuse responses.

Vice-President Binay registers big plurality to near majority approval ratings in Mindanao
(44%), the rest of Luzon (47%), and Classes D and E (44% and 46%, respectively). Basically
the same vice-presidential approval and indecision ratings are registered in Metro Manila
(41% versus 32%) while public opinion is split three-ways in the Visayas and Class ABC as
nearly the same percentages in these sub-groupings express approval (36% and 31%,
respectively), indecision (31% and 34%, respectively), or disapproval toward the VicePresidents performance (33% and 34%, respectively).
A small majority of Visayans (58%) approve of Senate President Drilons performance in the
last three months. Near majority approval ratings are obtained by the latter in the rest of
Luzon (48%), Mindanao (49%), and every socio-economic grouping (48% to 50%). In Metro
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Manila, about the same percentages either approve of the latters work or are ambivalent on
the matter (42% versus 38%).
Ambivalence regarding the performance of House Speaker Belmonte and Supreme Court
Chief Justice Sereno is expressed by big pluralities to near majorities in the rest of Luzon (49%
and 47%, respectively), the Visayas (47% and 49%, respectively), Mindanao (46% and 43%,
respectively), as well as in Class D (47% and 46%, respectively) and Class E (45% and 46%,
respectively). Virtually the same approval and indecision ratings are posted by the House
Speaker and the Supreme Court Chief Justice in Metro Manila (36% versus 41% and 30%
versus 40%, respectively) and Class ABC (38% versus 45% and 34% versus 43%, respectively).
As regards these officials trustworthiness, trust is the plurality sentiment toward President
Aquino (49%), Senate President Drilon (47%), and Vice-President Binay (39%). On the other
hand, a near majority of Filipinos (49%) are ambivalent on the matter of trusting or
distrusting House Speaker Belmonte and Supreme Court Chief Justice Sereno. Levels of
distrust in these national government officials vary from 14% for Senate President Drilon to
27% for Vice-President Binay. (Please refer to Table 3.)
Table 3
AWARENESS & TRUST RATINGS OF TOP NATIONAL OFFICIALS
September 8 - 14, 2015 / Philippines / PR1&2
(Row Percent)
Base : Aware
Aware

Big
Trust

Undecided

Small /
No trust

BENIGNO S. AQUINO III


(President)

100

49

34

16

JEJOMAR C. BINAY
(Vice-President)

100

39

33

27

FRANKLIN M. DRILON
(Senate President)

99

47

38

14

FELICIANO R. BELMONTE, JR.


(Speaker of the
House of Representatives)

86

29

49

19

MARIA LOURDES A. SERENO


(Supreme Court Chief Justice)

75

26

49

20

Top National Officials

PR1.Q54a-e. NAIS SANA NAM ING TANUNGIN KAYO TUNGKOL SA PAGTITIWALA NINYO SA ILANG M GA TAO SA ATING LIPUNAN.
PR2.Q62a-e. Sa pamamagitan po ng board na ito, maaari bang pakisabi ninyo kung gaano kalaki o kaliit ang inyong pagtitiwala kay
[PERSONALITY]? M asasabi ba ninyo na ito ay (SHOW AND READ RATING BOARD)?
Notes: (1) % Big Trust = % Very Big Trust plus % Big Trust ; % Small Trust = % Small Trust plus %Very Small Trust
(2) *Figures may not add up to 100% due to rounding off.

Most Mindanaoans (57%), Visayans (65%), and those belonging to the poorest Class E (54%)
express trust in President Aquino. Essentially half of those in Class D (49%) also trust the
latter. In contrast, the President records virtually the same trust and indecision figures in
Metro Manila (36% versus 39%), the rest of Luzon (43% versus 40%), and Class ABC (44%
and 37%, respectively). (Please refer to Table 4.)
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Table 4
TRUST RATINGS OF TOP NATIONAL OFFICIALS
September 8 - 14, 2015 / Philippines / PR1&2
(In Percent)
LOCATION
BAL
TRUST

CLASS

RP

NCR

LUZ

VIS

MIN

ABC

PRES. BENIGNO S. AQUINO III


VICE-PRES. JEJOMAR C. BINAY

49
39

36
38

43
42

65
31

57
43

44
26

49
40

54
44

SEN. PRES. FRANKLIN M. DRILON


HOUSE SPEAKER FELICIANO R. BELMONTE, JR.
CHIEF JUSTICE MA. LOURDES A. SERENO

47
29
26

40
30
25

47
32
30

51
23
18

48
27
25

45
32
33

47
28
25

49
29
25

UNDECIDED
PRES. BENIGNO S. AQUINO III

34

39

40

26

27

37

36

28

VICE-PRES. JEJOMAR C. BINAY


SEN. PRES. FRANKLIN M. DRILON

33
38

34
41

34
38

34
38

32
36

39
39

34
39

30
36

HOUSE SPEAKER FELICIANO R. BELMONTE, JR.


CHIEF JUSTICE MA. LOURDES A. SERENO

49
49

48
41

52
52

50
52

44
44

50
42

50
50

45
49

PRES. BENIGNO S. AQUINO III


VICE-PRES. JEJOMAR C. BINAY

16
27

25
27

17
24

9
35

15
25

19
34

16
27

17
26

SEN. PRES. FRANKLIN M. DRILON


HOUSE SPEAKER FELICIANO R. BELMONTE, JR.

14
19

16
16

14
15

10
23

15
28

16
17

14
19

13
22

CHIEF JUSTICE MA. LOURDES A. SERENO

20

20

13

24

29

19

20

20

DISTRUST

PR1.Q54a-e. NAIS SANA NAM ING TANUNGIN KAYO TUNGKOL SA PAGTITIWALA NINYO SA ILANG M GA TAO SA ATING LIPUNAN.
PR2.Q62a-e. Sa pamamagitan po ng board na ito, maaari bang pakisabi ninyo kung gaano kalaki o kaliit ang inyong pagtitiwala kay
[PERSONALITY]? M asasabi ba ninyo na ito ay (SHOW AND READ RATING BOARD)?
Notes: (1) % Big Trust = % Very Big Trust plus % Big Trust ; % Small Trust = % Small Trust plus %Very Small Trust
(2) *Figures may not add up to 100% due to rounding off.

Trust is the plurality sentiment toward Vice-President Binay among Mindanaoans (43%) and
those in Classes D and E (40% and 44%, respectively). The latter posts almost the same trust
and indecision ratings in Metro Manila (38% versus 34%) and the rest of Luzon (42% versus
34%) while public opinion on the matter of trusting or distrusting him is split three-ways in
the Visayas and Class ABC with essentially the same percentages either trusting (31% and
26%, respectively) or distrusting him (35% and 34%, respectively) or expressing indecision
on the matter (34% and 39%, respectively).
A bare majority trust rating (51%) is registered by Senate President Drilon among Visayans.
Likewise, near majorities in Mindanao (48%) and Classes D and E (47% and 49%,
respectively) express trust in the latter. Meanwhile, around the same trust and indecision
scores are obtained by the Senate President in Metro Manila (40% versus 41%), the rest of
Luzon (47% versus 38%), and Class ABC (45% versus 39%).
Big plurality to near majority indecision figures are recorded by House Speaker Belmonte in
Mindanao (44%), Metro Manila (48%), the Visayas (50%), and all socio-economic classes (45%
to 50%). In contrast, a small majority of those in the rest of Luzon (52%) cannot say if they
trust or distrust the lawmaker.
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Most of those in the rest of Luzon (52%) and the Visayas (52%) are ambivalent toward the
trustworthiness of Supreme Court Chief Justice Sereno. Big pluralities to near majorities in
Metro Manila (41%), Mindanao (44%), and Classes D and E (50% and 49%, respectively) also
express indecision on the matter. In Class ABC, virtually the same percentages either trust
the Supreme Court Chief Justice (33%) or are ambivalent on the matter of trusting or
distrusting her (42%).
While Filipinos assessment of the performance of President Aquino remains essentially
the same between June and September 2015, the same observation does not hold true in
the case of the other top Philippine government officials; few changes occur in overall trust
ratings of these officials during this period
For the most part, President Aquino obtains virtually the same approval, indecision, and
disapproval scores in June and September 2015. The only notable changes at this time as far
as presidential performance ratings are concerned are the: (1) increase in approval rating in
the Visayas (+15 percentage points) and (2) decline in the level of indecision toward
presidential performance also in the Visayas (-13 percentage points). (Please refer to Table 5.)
As for Vice-President Binay, he experiences a drop in his national approval score (-15
percentage points) as well as an increase in his overall disapproval and indecision ratings (+8
and +7 percentage points, respectively). Vice-presidential approval ratings also go down in
all geographic areas (-11 to -22 percentage points) and in Classes D and E (-12 to -21
percentage points). On the other hand, criticism for vice-presidential performance becomes
more pronounced in the Visayas and Class E (both at +13 percentage points).
Senate President Drilons national indecision figure declines during the period June to
September 2015 (-6 percentage points) while his overall approval and disapproval ratings
remain basically unchanged (+1 and +5 percentage points, respectively). Across geographic
areas and socio-economic classes, the Senate President enjoys an improvement in his
approval rating and a decrease in the level of ambivalence toward his work among Visayans
(+20 and -19 percentage points, respectively) as well as a decline in his indecision rating in
Class D (-8 percentage points).
At the national level, indecision toward the performance of House Speaker Belmonte eases
between June and September 2015 (-6 percentage points). Additionally, levels of ambivalence
on the matter go down in the Visayas (-12 percentage points) and Class E (-13 percentage
points). In contrast, House Speaker Belmonte registers an improvement in his approval rating
in the Visayas (+13 percentage points).
Supreme Court Chief Justice Serenos overall indecision figure also declines at this time (-6
percentage points). Likewise, ambivalence concerning the latters quarterly performance
becomes less pronounced in Mindanao (-16 percentage points). Meanwhile, the Supreme
Court Chief Justice experiences an increase in her disapproval rating among Mindanaoans
(+12 percentage points).

Table 5
COMPARATIVE PERFORMANCE RATINGS OF TOP NATIONAL OFFICIALS
June and September 2015 / Philippines
(In Percent)
LOCATION
BAL
APPROVAL
BENIGNO S. AQUINO III
(President)
JEJOMAR C. BINAY
(Vice-President)
FRANKLIN M. DRILON
(Senate President)
FELICIANO R. BELMONTE, JR.
(Speaker of the House of Representatives)
MARIA LOURDES A. SERENO
(Supreme Court Chief Justice)

CLASS

RP

NCR

LUZ

VIS

MIN

ABC

Sep 15*
Jun 15
Change*
Sep 15*
Jun 15
Change*
Sep 15*
Jun 15
Change*
Sep 15*
Jun 15
Change*
Sep 15*
Jun 15
Change*

54
54
0
43
58
- 15
50
49
+ 1
32
30
+ 2
29
31
- 2

41
34
+ 7
41
51
- 10
42
50
- 8
36
43
- 7
30
38
- 8

47
55
- 8
47
62
- 15
48
54
- 6
34
31
+ 3
32
35
- 3

71
56
+15
36
58
- 22
58
38
+20
29
16
+13
24
21
+ 3

59
62
- 3
44
55
- 11
49
47
+ 2
29
29
0
28
24
+ 4

49
43
+ 6
31
43
- 12
49
44
+ 5
38
32
+ 6
34
29
+ 5

52
54
- 2
44
56
- 12
50
47
+ 3
32
30
+ 2
29
32
- 3

59
56
+ 3
46
67
- 21
48
54
- 6
30
29
+ 1
29
28
+ 1

Sep 15*
Jun 15
Change*
Sep 15*
Jun 15
Change*
Sep 15*
Jun 15
Change*
Sep 15*
Jun 15
Change*
Sep 15*
Jun 15
Change*

30
34
- 4
31
24
+ 7
36
42
- 6
47
53
- 6
46
52
- 6

36
42
- 6
32
28
+ 4
38
39
- 1
41
44
- 3
40
46
- 6

33
34
- 1
29
20
+ 9
36
39
- 3
49
52
- 3
47
50
- 3

21
34
- 13
31
22
+ 9
33
52
- 19
47
59
- 12
49
54
- 5

29
28
+ 1
33
29
+ 4
38
43
- 5
46
55
- 9
43
59
- 16

31
40
- 9
34
27
+ 7
35
40
- 5
45
48
- 3
43
55
- 12

32
34
- 2
31
25
+ 6
36
44
- 8
47
52
- 5
46
51
- 5

25
30
- 5
28
19
+ 9
38
40
- 2
45
58
- 13
46
55
- 9

Sep 15*
Jun 15
Change*
Sep 15*
Jun 15
Change*
Sep 15*
Jun 15
Change*
Sep 15*
Jun 15
Change*
Sep 15*
Jun 15
Change*

16
12
+ 4
26
18
+ 8
13
8
+ 5
18
15
+ 3
19
14
+ 5

22
24
- 2
26
21
+ 5
16
10
+ 6
16
12
+ 4
15
15
0

20
11
+ 9
24
18
+ 6
15
7
+ 8
15
14
+ 1
15
11
+ 4

8
11
- 3
33
20
+13
9
10
- 1
20
21
- 1
21
18
+ 3

12
9
+ 3
23
16
+ 7
12
8
+ 4
23
15
+ 8
27
15
+12

19
17
+ 2
34
30
+ 4
15
15
0
16
20
- 4
15
16
- 1

16
11
+ 5
25
19
+ 6
13
8
+ 5
18
15
+ 3
19
14
+ 5

16
13
+ 3
26
13
+13
12
6
+ 6
20
12
+ 8
18
12
+ 6

UNDECIDED
BENIGNO S. AQUINO III
(President)
JEJOMAR C. BINAY
(Vice-President)
FRANKLIN M. DRILON
(Senate President)
FELICIANO R. BELMONTE, JR.
(Speaker of the House of Representatives)
MARIA LOURDES A. SERENO
(Supreme Court Chief Justice)

DISAPPROVAL
BENIGNO S. AQUINO III
(President)
JEJOMAR C. BINAY
(Vice-President)
FRANKLIN M. DRILON
(Senate President)
FELICIANO R. BELMONTE, JR.
(Speaker of the House of Representatives)
MARIA LOURDES A. SERENO
(Supreme Court Chief Justice)

Notes: (1) *Change = Figures of September 2015 minus Figures of June 2015.
(2) % Approve = % Truly Approve plus %Approve; % Disapprove = Disapprove plus % Truly Disapprove.
(3) Figures may not add up to 100% due to rounding off or to Don't Know and Refuse responses.
(4) *UB September 2015 (PR1&2)

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With regard to Filipinos sentiments concerning the trustworthiness of these officials, the
only significant changes at the national level are the: (1) decline in the trust rating of VicePresident Binay (-18 percentage points) and the rise in his distrust and indecision scores
(+8 and +9 percentage points, respectively) and (2) decrease in the indecision figure of
Senate President Drilon (-7 percentage points). (Please refer to Table 6.)
Across geographic areas and socio-economic classes, President Aquinos trust rating goes
up in the Visayas (+13 percentage points). In the case of Vice-President Binay, trust in
him erodes in most geographic areas and socio-economic classes (-14 to -22 and -15 to -22
percentage points, respectively) while distrust in him becomes more manifest in the
Visayas (+14 percentage points) and Classes D and E (+8 and +13 percentage points,
respectively). Ambivalence on the matter of trusting or distrusting the Vice-President
becomes more pronounced in the rest of Luzon (+13 percentage points) and Class D (+9
percentage points).
Senate President Drilon registers a gain in his trust rating among Visayans (+20
percentage points) and a decline in his indecision ratings in the Visayas and Mindanao (17 and -13 percentage points, respectively). In the meantime, the trust ratings of House
Speaker Belmonte and Supreme Court Chief Justice Sereno go down in Metro Manila (13 and -10 percentage points, respectively) while their indecision scores decrease in
Mindanao (-11 and -12 percentage points, respectively).

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Table 6
COMPARATIVE TRUST RATINGS OF TOP NATIONAL OFFICIALS
June and September 2015 / Philippines
(In Percent)

TRUST
BENIGNO S. AQUINO III
(President)
JEJOMAR C. BINAY
(Vice-President)
FRANKLIN M. DRILON
(Senate President)
FELICIANO R. BELMONTE, JR.
(Speaker of the House of Representatives)
MARIA LOURDES A. SERENO
(Supreme Court Chief Justice)

LOCATION
BAL
LUZ
VIS

CLASS
MIN

ABC

RP

NCR

Sep 15*
Jun 15
Change*
Sep 15*
Jun 15
Change*
Sep 15*
Jun 15
Change*
Sep 15*
Jun 15
Change*
Sep 15*
Jun 15
Change*

49
50
- 1
39
57
- 18
47
45
+ 2
29
28
+ 1
26
27
- 1

36
35
+ 1
38
52
- 14
40
49
- 9
30
43
- 13
25
35
- 10

43
52
- 9
42
63
- 21
47
52
- 5
32
32
0
30
33
- 3

65
52
+13
31
53
- 22
51
31
+20
23
14
+ 9
18
15
+ 3

57
54
+ 3
43
50
- 7
48
39
+ 9
27
20
+ 7
25
18
+ 7

44
40
+ 4
26
39
- 13
45
38
+ 7
32
33
- 1
33
25
+ 8

49
50
- 1
40
55
- 15
47
44
+ 3
28
27
+ 1
25
28
- 3

54
54
0
44
66
- 22
49
47
+ 2
29
26
+ 3
25
24
+ 1

Sep 15*
Jun 15
Change*
Sep 15*
Jun 15
Change*
Sep 15*
Jun 15
Change*
Sep 15*
Jun 15
Change*
Sep 15*
Jun 15
Change*

34
36
- 2
33
24
+ 9
38
45
- 7
49
52
- 3
49
53
- 4

39
40
- 1
34
26
+ 8
41
40
+ 1
48
43
+ 5
41
47
- 6

40
36
+ 4
34
21
+13
38
40
- 2
52
53
- 1
52
55
- 3

26
34
- 8
34
26
+ 8
38
55
- 17
50
56
- 6
52
51
+ 1

27
36
- 9
32
29
+ 3
36
49
- 13
44
55
- 11
44
56
- 12

37
44
- 7
39
26
+13
39
46
- 7
50
46
+ 4
42
56
- 14

36
37
- 1
34
25
+ 9
39
45
- 6
50
53
- 3
50
52
- 2

28
32
- 4
30
21
+ 9
36
45
- 9
45
53
- 8
49
56
- 7

Sep 15*
Jun 15
Change*
Sep 15*
Jun 15
Change*
Sep 15*
Jun 15
Change*
Sep 15*
Jun 15
Change*
Sep 15*
Jun 15
Change*

16
13
+ 3
27
19
+ 8
14
10
+ 4
19
19
0
20
17
+ 3

25
25
0
27
22
+ 5
16
10
+ 6
16
14
+ 2
20
17
+ 3

17
12
+ 5
24
16
+ 8
14
8
+ 6
15
14
+ 1
13
9
+ 4

9
14
- 5
35
21
+14
10
13
- 3
23
28
- 5
24
29
- 5

15
9
+ 6
25
20
+ 5
15
12
+ 3
28
26
+ 2
29
24
+ 5

19
16
+ 3
34
35
- 1
16
17
- 1
17
21
- 4
19
19
0

16
13
+ 3
27
19
+ 8
14
10
+ 4
19
19
0
20
17
+ 3

17
14
+ 3
26
13
+13
13
8
+ 5
22
20
+ 2
20
16
+ 4

UNDECIDED
BENIGNO S. AQUINO III
(President)
JEJOMAR C. BINAY
(Vice-President)
FRANKLIN M. DRILON
(Senate President)
FELICIANO R. BELMONTE, JR.
(Speaker of the House of Representatives)
MARIA LOURDES A. SERENO
(Supreme Court Chief Justice)

DISTRUST
BENIGNO S. AQUINO III
(President)
JEJOMAR C. BINAY
(Vice-President)
FRANKLIN M. DRILON
(Senate President)
FELICIANO R. BELMONTE, JR.
(Speaker of the House of Representatives)
MARIA LOURDES A. SERENO
(Supreme Court Chief Justice)

Notes: (1) *Change = Figures of September 2015 minus Figures of June 2015.
(2) % Big Trust = % Very Big Trust plus % Big Trust ; % Small Trust = % Small Trust plus %Very Small Trust
(3) *Figures may not add up to 100% due to rounding off.
(4) *UB September 2015 (PR1&2)

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The three key government institutions performance-rated in September 2015 all fail to
register a majority approval rating; public assessment of these institutions work is
basically unchanged between June and September 2015
While a near majority of Filipinos (49%) approve of the work done by the Supreme Court, a
big plurality of Filipinos (44%) also has a positive opinion of the Senates performance. As for
the House of Representatives, almost the same percentages either approve of its work (39%)
or express indecision on the matter (41%). The only changes occurring during the period June
to September 2015 are the decline in the level of indecision toward the performance of the
Senate and the House of Representatives (-7 and -6 percentage points, respectively). (Please
refer to Tables 7 to 8.)
The Senate receives big plurality to near majority approval ratings from those in the rest of
Luzon (47%), the Visayas (47%), and Classes D and E (42% and 49%, respectively). On the
other hand, practically the same approval and indecision figures are recorded by the Senate
in Mindanao (43% versus 38%) and Class ABC (43% versus 39%). In Metro Manila, the
legislative body obtains essentially the same approval, indecision, and disapproval ratings
(33%, 36% and 28%, respectively). In the case of the House of Representatives, it registers
practically the same approval and indecision ratings in every geographic area (32% to 43%
versus 38% to 43%) and socio-economic class (37% to 42% versus 39% to 46%). (Please refer to
Table 7.)
Table 7
PERFORMANCE RATINGS OF THE SENATE,
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES AND SUPREME COURT
September 8 - 14, 2015 / Philippines / PR1&2
(In Percent)

APPROVAL
SENATE
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
SUPREME COURT

LOCATION
BAL
LUZ
VIS

RP

NCR

44
39
49

33
32
39

47
37
48

36
41
33

36
38
36

19
19
17

28
27
24

CLASS
MIN

ABC

47
43
57

43
42
51

43
37
47

42
38
49

49
42
52

35
43
35

34
38
28

38
39
32

39
46
36

36
41
33

32
39
32

18
19
16

17
16
14

17
17
15

17
17
17

20
20
17

17
17
15

UNDECIDED
SENATE
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
SUPREME COURT
DISAPPROVAL
SENATE
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
SUPREME COURT

P R 1. Q 12 a - c . M a yro o n a k o rit o ng m ga pa nga la n ng m ga a he ns iya o o pis ina ng pa m a ha la a n. P a k is a bi ninyo a ng inyo ng o pinyo n t ungk o l s a pa gga na p nila ng
P R 2 . Q 12 a - c . k a nila ng t ungk ulin. S a pa m a m a git a n po ng bo a rd na it o , k a yo ba a y ( S H O W A N D R E A D R A T IN G B O A R D ) s a k a nila ng pa gga nap s a m ga
t ungk ulin ng ( A H E N S IY A / O P IS IN A ) o wa la pa k a yo ng na rinig, na ba s a o na pa no o d na k a hit na a no t ungk o l s a k a nila k a hit na k a ila n?
N o tes:

( 1) % A ppro v e = % T ruly A ppro v e plus % A ppro v e ; % D is a ppro v e = % D is a ppro v e plus % T ruly D is a ppro v e .
( 2 ) F igure s m a y no t a dd up t o 10 0 % due t o ro unding o f f o r t o D o n' t Kno w a nd R e f us e re s po ns e s .

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Majority approval ratings are enjoyed by the Supreme Court in Mindanao (51%), the Visayas
(57%), and Class E (52%). In addition, appreciation for the latters work is the plurality
sentiment in the rest of Luzon (48%). Meanwhile, almost the same approval and indecision
scores are recorded by the Supreme Court in Metro Manila (39% versus 36%) and Class ABC
(47% versus 36%).
Between June and September 2015, appreciation for the work done by all three government
institutions becomes more notable in the Visayas (+11 to +14 percentage points). Meanwhile,
indecision concerning the performance of the Senate becomes less manifest in Metro Manila
(-10 percentage points), the Visayas (-10 percentage points), and Class D (-8 percentage
points). Ambivalence on the matter of approving or disapproving the work of the House of
Representatives also becomes less pronounced during this period in Metro Manila (-13
percentage points) and Class D (-7 percentage points). These are the only significant changes
in the performance ratings of these institutions across geographic areas and socio-economic
classes. (Please refer to Table 8.)

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Table 8
COMPARATIVE PERFORMANCE RATINGS OF THE SENATE,
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES AND SUPREME COURT
June and September 2015 / Philippines
(In Percent)
LOCATION

CLASS

BAL
RP

NCR

LUZ

VIS

MIN

ABC

Sep 15*

44

33

47

47

43

Jun 15

40

32

44

36

40

Change*

+ 4

+ 1

+ 3

+11

Sep 15*

39

32

37

Jun 15

35

27

38

Change*

+ 4

+ 5

Sep 15*

49

39

APPROVAL
SENATE

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

SUPREME COURT

43

42

49

40

40

39

+ 3

+ 3

+ 2

+10

43

42

37

38

42

29

39

33

36

35

- 1

+14

+ 3

+ 4

+ 2

+ 7

48

57

51

47

49

52

Jun 15

44

43

41

44

49

41

44

45

Change*

+ 5

- 4

+ 7

+13

+ 2

+ 6

+ 5

+ 7

Sep 15*

36

36

35

34

38

39

36

32

UNDECIDED
SENATE

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

SUPREME COURT

Jun 15

43

46

42

44

44

43

44

42

Change*

- 7

- 10

- 7

- 10

- 6

- 4

- 8

- 10

Sep 15*

41

38

43

38

39

46

41

39

Jun 15

47

51

47

45

47

48

48

43

Change*

- 6

- 13

- 4

- 7

- 8

- 2

- 7

- 4

Sep 15*

33

36

35

28

32

36

33

32

Jun 15

38

38

39

33

40

41

39

34

Change*

- 5

- 2

- 4

- 5

- 8

- 5

- 6

- 2

Sep 15*

19

28

18

17

17

17

20

17

Jun 15

16

21

13

20

14

16

15

17

Change*

+ 3

+ 7

+ 5

- 3

+ 3

+ 1

+ 5

Sep 15*

19

27

19

16

17

17

20

17

Jun 15

17

22

14

24

13

18

15

20

Change*

+ 2

+ 5

+ 5

- 8

+ 4

- 1

+ 5

- 3

Sep 15*

17

24

16

14

15

17

17

15

Jun 15

17

18

18

21

11

19

16

17

Change*

+ 6

- 2

- 7

+ 4

- 2

+ 1

- 2

DISAPPROVAL
SENATE

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

SUPREME COURT

Notes: (1) *Change = Figures of June 2015 minus Figures of M arch 2015.
(2) % Approve = % Truly Approve plus %Approve; % Disapprove = %Disapprove plus % Truly Disapprove.
(3) Figures may not add up to 100% due to rounding off or to Don't Know and Refuse responses.
(4) *UB September 2015 (PR1&2)

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