MANILA, Philippines —Despite controversies, the Duterte administration received an excellent net satisfaction rating in the December 2017 survey of the Social Weather Stations (SWS).
It means that 70 percent of 1,200 respondents interviewed by SWS nationwide are satisfied with the overall performance of the current administration.
This is the highest rating recorded by the national survey in 28 years or among all administrations starting from the term of former President Corazon Aquino.
This rating is four points higher than the 66 percent or very good rating of former Noynoy Aquino in June 2013.
The record-high approval rating was drawn from the people’s satisfaction on the government’s performance particularly, in fighting terrorism, in building infrastructures, in foreign relations, in helping the poor, in providing jobs, in telling the truth to the people and in ensuring that no people will be hungry.
Malacañang said that the result of the survey shows that the public is recognizing the efforts of the government.
This will also inspire the current administration.
”This excellent public confidence will continue to motivate the president and his team to continue working hard to lay down the foundation of a peaceful and prosperous nation,” said Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque. — Rosalie Coz | UNTV News and Rescue
by Marje Pelayo | Posted on Friday, July 12th, 2019
MANILA, Philippines – July 12, 2019, marks the third anniversary of the Philippine’s arbitral win against China’s historical claims on the South China Sea, part of which is the West Philippine Sea.
The Permanent Court of Arbitration’s landmark ruling thus invalidated China’s so-called ‘Nine-Dash Line’ – the undefined demarcation line that encircles as much as 90 percent of the disputed waters in the area.
The Duterte administration downplayed the victory in hopes of building stronger ties with China and preferred to offer diplomacy rather than further escalating the tension by sending military troops to the disputed waters, even amid reports of harassment against Filipino fishermen and the Chinese destroying and exploiting the Philippines’ marine resources.
Maritime expert Jay Batongbacal expressed deep concern on the continuous deterioration and massive destruction of the marine environment in the West Philippine Sea.
“This has to stop and we have to get serious,” the Director of the University of the Philippines Institute of Maritime Affairs and Law of the Sea appealed.
“And we’re not talking about going to war. We’re talking about simple things like stopping the destruction of a common pool resource that would benefit us all,” he added.
Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio, meanwhile, acknowledge that war is not an option in the West Philippine Sea row as the Constitution forbids.
But Carpio blamed the Duterte administration’s inaction, accusing it of using such provision of the law to instill fear among Filipinos as if the Philippines has no other option but to obey with what China offers.
“This administration has done nothing whatsoever to enforce the arbitral award,” Carpio said.
“I don’t see positive in the enforcement of the award,” he added.
The magistrate appealed to President Duterte not to formalize his verbal agreement with China’s Xi Jinping in his upcoming state of the nation address (SONA) that allows Chinese fishermen to fish within the exclusive economic zone (EEZ) of the country in the WPS.
Carpio said, once Duterte formalizes the agreement, the Philippines would be bound and that would weaken the Arbitral ruling.
“If the President will confirm it in his SONA, I mean, we cannot get out of that anymore. So, we’re bound by that, we have to honor that. So, that means China can fish in an area 59 times larger than Scarborough Shoal,” Carpio argued.
Malacañang stressed that the President considers his agreement with Xi as legally binding, but Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. insisted that it cannot be executed because there is no written document to attest the deal.
For her part, former Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales said the issue will still depend on how the President delivers the matter during his SONA.
She calls on Filipinos to stand for the country’s rights no matter what happens.
“Let us not be scared by all the propaganda that we hear. Because if we do, walang mangyayari (nothing will happen),” Morales said.
“Be brave,” she concluded. – with details from Harlene Delgado
by Robie de Guzman | Posted on Monday, July 1st, 2019
MANILA, Philippines – Malacañang said it will not meddle with the Office of the Ombudsman’s decision to move for the withdrawal of the graft and usurpation cases filed against former President Benigno Aquino III in relation with the Mamasapano encounter in 2015.
“The Palace doesn’t interfere with the other branches of the government as well as constitutional bodies. They have their assigned constitutional functions,” presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo said in a statement on Saturday.
“They should freely perform their given constitutional tasks without interference from anyone or any entity,” he added.
Panelo’s statement comes after Ombudsman Samuel Martires filed a motion to withdraw the violation of anti-graft laws and usurpation charges that the government filed against Aquino in connection with the deaths of 44 Special Action Force (SAF) commandos in Mamasapano, Maguindanao in 2015.
In a two-page resolution dated June 24, Martires said the withdrawal of charges was due to lack of sufficient ground to charge Aquino for graft and usurpation of official functions under the Revised Penal Code.
The charges, filed by then Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales, stemmed from Aquino’s decision to allow suspended National Police chief Alan Purisima to participate in the botched operation which resulted in the death of SAF troopers.
by Aileen Cerrudo | Posted on Wednesday, May 8th, 2019
The Philippine unemployment rate has dropped for the second straight quarter according to the Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey.
Based on the survey conducted from March 28 to 31, 2019, the unemployment rate went down to 19.7% or approximately 9.4 million adult Filipinos who are unemployed.
This is 2.3% lower compared to the survey results in September 2018 (22%).
Among the 9.4 million unemployed Filipinos, 4.5 million were adults who voluntarily left their jobs, 3.6 million adults who were retrenched, and 1.3 million adults who are first-time job seekers.
“The March 2019 survey found that the adult labor force participation rate is at 71.4% or an estimated 47.6 million adults. This is 5.2 points above 66.2% or an estimated 42.4 million adults in December 2018.
The estimated size of the adult labor force in previous quarters were 44.4 million adults (69.3% of adults) in September 2018 and 43.8 million (68.3%) in June 2018,” the survey states.—(with reports from Asher Cadapan Jr.)
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