Robredo’s satisfaction rating suffers

 

Vice President Leni Robredo

Results of the latest Social Weather Stations’ (SWS) survey released showed that Vice President Leni Robredo’s net satisfaction rating dropped by 11 points, from a “good” +37 to a “moderate” +26.

It was reported also that among top government officials Robredo registered the biggest decline which made Professor Ramon Casiple, a political analyst, opine that the 11-point dip in the vice president’s ratings was beyond the “normal range.”

Does Robredo have to worry that her satisfaction rating has suffered?

Of course she has to worry, and while she may not show it or does not want to comment about it, the fact is it could worsen and put her political life in jeopardy both as a politician and a leader.

I don’t really think that Robredo’s controversial video message to the United Nations (UN) about the government’s bloody war against illegal drugs (https://quierosaber.wordpress.com/2017/03/19/obredo-un-message-slanders-the-philippines/) was a big factor in people being dissatisfied with her performance and neither are the black propaganda against her, as claimed by Liberal Party (LP) stalwarts, significant reasons enough for her satisfaction rating to decline.

But I would like to think that the main culprit for the downturn in her satisfaction rating is simply because of her being useless/inutile in her position as vice president with no responsibility whatsoever, ever since she resigned from the Cabinet as head of the Housing and Urban Development coordinating Council (HUDCC).

It is bad enough that Robredo does not have any achievement or accomplishment to crow about as vice president, but it is even worse that people sees her as a willing mouthpiece of the opposition and the Catholic Church, for that matter, to find fault and disparage at President Rodrigo Duterte who is trying his level best to make drastic and unorthodox changes in the way government is run.

Robredo may not agree in everything that Duterte does, but if majority of the Filipinos trust, believe and have high hopes in Duterte for the long awaited growth and development of the country and the lifting up of the lives of people, then who is she to be so critical of him?

All is not lost, however, for Robredo.

What could save her is her acceptance for dinner with Duterte after the Holy Week, where members of her family are also invited.

Hopefully, Robredo will know more Duterte better this time around and decide to be herself and not be used as pawn for the political advantage of her party mates in trying to destroy Duterte’s dream for the country and the Filipino people.

Team PNoy senatorial bets gaining ground

team pinoyRecent senatorial survey conducted by Social Weather Stations (SWS) showed Team PNoy gaining grounds as nine of their candidates have barge into the so-called magic twelve. Suffice to say that at this stage of the senatorial race the administration coalition candidates led UNA bets by 9-3.

Those that made it for Team PNoy are Legarda, Escudero, Cayetano, Villar, Poe-Llamanzares, Pimentel, Trillanes, Aquino and Angara, while UNA had Ejercito, Binay and Zubiri.

While the result may not sit well with UNA’s 3 kings and its spokesperson, Toby Tiangco, who claims it as being manipulated by the ruling party, for it was not too long ago that they were dominating the surveys, the fact remains that the wind of change has suddenly blown favoring Team Pinoy.

This is an encouraging result to many as Team PNoy is what is needed to support the determined drive of President Aquino to move this country forward.

We have gone quite a long ways now with the forceful stride that the president has taken in making people trust government again, and he is winning the hearts of the populace, as well as earning the recognition from other countries for his earnest desire to meet the expectations of all through the implementation of reforms and good governance.

If the confidence level of those sampled/surveyed, which is deemed to represent the sentiment of the whole, the reason why the Team PNoy senatorial bets are gaining ground, then the Filipinos are now starting to recognize and understand, and, most importantly, beginning to appreciate the brand of leadership President Aquino is showing that is sincere and selfless, directed mainly towards making the Philippines an investment mecca and improving the quality of life, especially those of the poor sector of our society.

Perhaps it helped that Legarda, Escudero and Poe-Llamanzares opted to stick it out with Team PNoy, which made them bigger than life in the face of people. This option made them all the more likable, making Aquino’s credibility stand out better and in the process helped their fellow candidates go up in the ratings.

The result of the survey could not have been described aptly than what the Team Pinoy spokesperson said: “The survey also shows that the voters are ready to vote Team PNoy’s candidates because of their willingness and commitment to pursue the reform agenda. The voters now realize the bankruptcy of UNA in terms of platform and concrete agenda. We will continue our track of the campaign which is based on issues and platforms.”

I hope this is really the case and the trend continues until elections in May. It is important that while UNA’s Tiangco and their senatorial candidates continue to bark viciously at their rivals, making the issues more personal and hostile than necessary, that Team PNoy keep endearing themselves to the people by being relevant to their aspirations and the interest of the nation.

Regrets?

Well, yes, but hopeful that an aging, yet principled man like Team PNoy’s Ramon Magsaysay could make it to the winning circle instead of  a Nancy Binay who does not have any track record to boast except being the daughter of the vice president. God forbids, not the other Magsaysay of UNA, too.