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Aquino, Binay ratings dip

President Benigno Aquino III and Vice President Jejomar Binay

Not only President Benigno Aquino III has received a low approval and trust ratings, but Vice President Jejomar Binay as well, a recent Pulse Asia survey revealed.

This was amid the controversial Disbursement Acceleration Program which the Supreme Court declared as unconstitutional.

Aquino’s trust ratings went down to 53 percent from 69 in March while his approval ratings dropped to 56 percent from 70 percent in March, the recent Pulse Asia survey showed.

Vice President Jejomar Binay’s approval ratings also plundged from 87 percent in March to 81 percent in June while his trust ratings decreased from 86 percent in March to 79 percent during the survey period.

Also affected by the approval and trust ratings is Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, who received 40 percent last March to 35 percent in June while her trust ratings was virtually unchanged from 36 percent last March to 32 percent in June.

But Malacañang brushed the decrease in the ratings, saying Aquino still enjoys the trust of majority of Filipinos.

“We have a healthy plurality that continues to support the President. We believe just as the President has explained the real situation of the country, the public will respond accordingly,” presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda said.

“While his numbers have gone down on account of the landscape at the time the survey was taken, in the annals of Pulse Asia, the numbers of President Aquino in his fourth year historically remains a high figure,” Lacierda added.

Binay’s camp, meanwhile, said that the Vice President “will remain undeterred in his will to serve the people” despite the recent drop in his approval and trust ratings.

Meanwhile, Senate President Franklin Drilon’s trust ratings also went down to 46 percent from 55 percent five months ago.

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