Fri. Aug 6th, 2021
Sen. Manny Pacquiao as he urges Meralco to lower electricity bills amid the pandemic in a Senate teleconference.

MANILA – Senator Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao got the highest approval and trust ratings among all incumbent Philippine senators an independent survey conducted in the first two weeks of August says.

Over 70 percent of respondents on the Pahayag SONA survey conducted by PUBLiCUS Asia Inc. said they approved of Pacquiao’s performance as senator over the past 12 months.

And that made the boxing legend-turned-politician as the only senator to earn majority approval among respondents throughout the archipelago.

Far second to Sen. Pacquiao was senator Mary Grace Poe, 45.8 percent; followed by Juan Miguel Zubiri, 44.47 percent; Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go, 42.20 percent; and Panfilo Lacson, 41.87 percent.

The poll was conducted from Aug. 1 to 11, 2020.

Incarcerated opposition Sen. Leila de Lima notched the lowest total approval rating among incumbent senators, with only 13 percent indicating that they approve or strongly approve of her performance.

Along with her were Senators Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr., 15.33 percent; Cynthia Villar, 21.4 percent; Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel 3rd, 23.07 percent; and Franklin Drilon, 27.07 percent.

Disapproval rating

De Lima also garnered the highest total disapproval rating, with almost two-thirds of respondents saying they disapprove or strongly disapprove of her performance.

Next to her is no other than Sen. Revilla with 57.60 percent; Villar, 56.67 percent; Pimentel,46.93 percent; and Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa, 45.93 percent.

Pacquiao also most trusted

Sen. Manny Pacquiao was also the most trusted senator with 62.73 percent of respondents indicating high or very high trust in the senator. Pacquiao was followed by Go, 32.87 percent; Poe, 32.53 percent; Zubiri, 27.27 percent; and Lacson, 26.60 percent.

De Lima had the lowest trust rating at 7.2 percent. She was followed by Revilla, 7.87 percent; Pimentel, 13.20 percent; Villar, 14.07 percent; and Drilon, 15.4 percent.

All the President’s men

The three top Duterte allies who secured Senate seats in the May 2019 elections, however, notched relatively low approval ratings after one year on the job.

Go, former special assistant to President Rodrigo Duterte and long-time aide, ranked 4th and 7th in overall total approval and disapproval ratings.

More than one-third of respondents or 35.2 percent said they either disapprove or strongly disapprove of Go’s performance over the past year.

Sen. Francis Tolentino, Duterte’s former presidential adviser on political affairs, ranked 17th with a total approval rating of only 28.33 percent.

Dela Rosa, Duterte’s first Philippine National Police chief at the height of the administration’s war on drugs, ranked slightly better than Tolentino at 16th overall with a total approval rating of 30.27 percent.

However, his 45.93 percent total disapproval rating was the fifth highest among the 23 senators.

About Pahayag SONA

About 1,500 respondents who are 18 years old and above, registered voters and living in the Philippines participated in Pahayag SONA, an independent and noncommissioned online panel survey conducted by PUBLiCUS Asia Inc.

The sample was proportionate to the registered voting population as of the May 2019 elections. (With reports from Manila Times)

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