Senator Manny Pacquiao’s recent verbal tirades against the Duterte administration alleging worsening corruption resulted in an increase in his disapproval ratings in the second quarter of this year, according to a survey by PUBLiCUS Asia.
“In light of his recent statements against the incumbent president, [Pacquiao’s] disapproval rating surged from 12 percent to 35 percent,” PUBLiCUS said in its survey conducted from July 13 to 19.
As a result, Pacquiao’s approval ratings plunged by 29 points or to 37 percent from 66 percent; and his trust rating to 25 percent from 53 percent.
Senators, Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go, Grace Poe, Richard Gordon and Miguel Zubiri got the highest approval ratings.
It was in June that Pacquiao unleashed his verbal tirade against the Duterte administration, tagging the Department of Health, Department of Social Welfare and Development, and Department of Health as rife with corruption.
He also opposed the holding of assemblies of the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) in May and July, which were called by now party president and Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi.
Pacquiao was ousted last July 17 as PDP-Laban president and is currently in the United States training for his world title fight against undefeated Errol Spence.
President Rodrigo Duterte is the PDP-Laban chairman while Cusi was its vice chairman.