Pulse Asia says 70% of Filipinos will support candidates who will push for higher tobacco taxes

Aileen Cerrudo   •   May 8, 2019   •   1215

A Pulse Asia survey conducted in March 2019 showed that 70% of Filipinos will support candidates who will push for higher tobacco taxes.

The result is higher than in 2018 which recorded 64% of Filipinos supporting said candidates.

Meanwhile, the survey also showed that 75% of Filipinos favor higher taxes on tobacco — an 8 percentage point increase from the 67% in 2018.

BuCor controversy seen as reason for decrease in Duterte’s trust, approval ratings – Pulse Asia

Maris Federez   •   October 8, 2019

The latest Pulse Asia Research Inc. survey showed a 7-point decrease in President Rodrigo Duterte’s approval rating.

According to Pulse Asia, the reasons offered by the respondents in giving an approval or disapproval rating to a certain government official vary, and that the decrease in the President’s trust rating doesn’t necessarily mean that the public distrust on him has increased.

“Ang tumaas iyong indecision. Hindi sila makapagsabi kung sila ay nagtitiwala o hindi nagtitiwala,” said Ana Marie Tabunda, Pulse Asia’s Research Director.

“Maaaring iba iba iyong kanilang dahilan pero siguro malaki iyong kanilang epekto nitong mga balita tungkol sa nangyari sa Bureau of Corrections,” she added.

This is not the first time that a significant drop in the Filipinos’ trust rating on the President happened.

According to Pulse Asia, the Chief Executive experienced a drop in his performance rating in September 2018 when the country was facing inflation problems and inadequate rice supply.

The President, nevertheless, was able to recover from the slump and restored the public’s confidence in him in the succeeding months.

Tabunda also stressed that, compared to previous administrations, the president was able to sustain his high approval and trust ratings for a long time.

“Iyong kay President Estrada noong simula mataas din. Iyong kay President Aquino noong simula mataas din pero ano eh syempre pag dumadaan ang issues lahat nilalagay sa paanan ng Malacañang. Sa pintuan ng Malacañang so bumababa yan. Pero si Presidente Duterte ang pinakamatagal na ganito kataas,” Tabunda said.

Pulse Asia considers this result as an indication that the President is still enjoying a honeymoon period with the public even though he is already in the middle of his term.

“Hanggang ngayon honeymoon, kung sakali, in the sense na hanggang ngayon hindi pa siya bumababa. Ang lowest na trust niya 70. Line of 7. Ang lowest approval niya 75. Mataas iyan,” Tabunda added.

Meanwhile, Vice President Leni Robredo also had a 5-point decrease in her trust rating.

Pulse Asia, however, clarified that such was not a significant drop.

Other high-ranking government officials, such as Senate President Tito Sotto, House Speaker Alan Cayetano, and Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin, have maintained a high trust rating. (from the report of Mai Bermudez) /mbmf

Duterte still most trusted PH official despite dip in trust, approval ratings – Pulse Asia

Robie de Guzman   •   October 7, 2019

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte raises his fist while delivering his speech upon his arrival at the Francisco Bangoy International Airport in Davao City on October 6, 2019 following his successful official visit to the Russian Federation. SIMEON CELI JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte is still the most trusted official in the Philippine government despite a dip in his approval and trust ratings in the latest survey released by Pulse Asia on Monday (Oct. 7).

The survey revealed Duterte received a 78 percent approval rating in September, down by seven percent from his June 2019 rating.

His trust rating also declined to 74 percent from 85 percent in June.

Malacañang, however, said the drop in Duterte’s ratings is not a cause for concern, noting that it usually fluctuates depending on issues and time when it was taken.

“The ratings still high, more than 70%. The survey fluctuates depending on when they get them. If it is taken at a time when there are controversies hounding, it may affect the survey,” Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said.

Meanwhile, Vice President Leni Robredo’s ratings also declined, receiving a 50 percent approval rating and 46 percent trust rating in the recent Pulse Asia survey.

Robredo’s ratings dropped by five and six percentage points, respectively compared to her ratings in June.

Senate President Vicente Sotto III got 72 percent approval and 66 percent trust rating while House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano got 64 percent approval and 62 percent trust rating.

Supreme Court Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin, meanwhile, got a 42 percent approval rating and 34 percent trust rating.

Pulse Asia said the poll was conducted from Sept. 16 to 22 with 1,200 respondents aged 18 years old and above when issues hounding the National Bilibid Prison, Bureau of Corrections, including the good conduct time allowance mess, and the Philippine National Police dominated news headlines.

It has a ± 2.8% error margin at the 95% confidence level. 

Those interested in further technical details may refer to Pulse Asia’s website (www.pulseasia.ph)RRD (with details from Correspondent Rosalie Coz)

Comelec expects influx of registrants amid last-day of voter registration

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 30, 2019

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) is expecting an influx of ‘last-minute’ registrants at the voter registration for the 2020 Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections.

Comelec will officially close the voter registration at 5:00 p.m. on Monday (September 30). Comelec Spokesperson Dir. James Jimenez said their office is prepared to handle the number of registrants.

“An influx of registrants is to be expected. The COMELEC has anticipated this, and we are confident that our employees in the field are prepared to handle the last-day registration scenario,” he said.

Based on Comelec Resolution 10549, Comelec will implement the following protocol for the last day of voter registration.

  • If there are still applicants lined up to register within the thirty (30) meter radius from the Office of the Election Officer (OEO) by 3:00 P.M. of September 30, 2019, their names will be promptly and consecutively listed down.
  • Each name will be announced repeatedly three (3) times in the order in which the applicants’ names were listed. Applicants who are not present when their names are called shall no longer be allowed to file their application.
  • When an applicant’s name is called and he/she is present, his/her application will be processed and his/her biometrics data will be captured. The process continues until all those listed shall have been processed.
  • An Express Lane is provided for Persons with Disabilities, Senior Citizens and Heavily Pregnant Applicants.

There are around 2.6 million registered voters in the country as of August 1 this year, according to Comelec’s data.—AAC

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