MANILA, Philippines — According to some Liberal Party (LP) senators, the approval and trust ratings of the president might further plunge if the government continues to pursue its strategy particularly on its brutal war on drugs.
“I hope it serves as a wake-up call for them to change the war on drugs, and to change their strategy and to stop the killings on the streets,” said LP Senator Bam Aquino.
“Statistically, it is significant and show a damage to the reputation of the president,” said Sen. Risa Hontiveros.
Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon said that aside on the public’s trust to the president, the war on drugs also affects the country’s economy.
“One thing we should also look into is the drop in the investments. It’s almost 90%. It is also a reflection of the confidence level of the investors in our country,” said Drilon.
Meanwhile, Senator Panfilo Lacson believes the drop in the ratings of the president is due to the involvement of cops in the killing of Albuera Mayor Rolando Espinosa.
But for Senate Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III, it’s too early to judge the performance of the president.
“Look first where the undecided go. It’s not even cause for alarm, it really happens. The survey or the ratings might not be that important for the president. The important thing is for him to do his job,” said Sotto.
Some lawmakers, meanwhile, shrugged off the drop in the ratings of the president.
“The surveys are just numbers the president is very much focused on his programs,” said Surigao del Sur Rep. Johnny Pimentel.
“If you compare his results in the same time period and in the same quarters of the almost..shall we say, second year of office, comparatively he’s doing very well,” said Davao Rep. Karlo Nograles.
Vice President Leni Robredo, meanwhile, refused to comment on the result of the latest Social Weather Station survey.
“I should focus first on the budget, sorry,” said the vice president. — Nel Maribojoc | UNTV News & Rescue