MANILA, Philippines – The Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF), commonly known as pork barrel, has made a declining effect on approval and trust ratings of Senate President Franklin Drilon by over 10 percent based on a recent Pulse Asia survey.

On September 14 to 27, 2013, same time the alleged pork barrel scam made headlines, Pulse Asia conducted a survey showing that 50 percent of the Filipino respondents nationwide approved Drilon’s work. It is lower compared to his approval rating on June where he got 62 percent.

Pulse Asia saw that Drilon’s approval score dropped due to the pork barrel scam involving Janet Lim-Napoles, alleged mastermind of the the said controversy.

Drilon also obtained a low trust rating of 46 percent.

On the other hand, President Benigno Aquino III and Vice President Jejomar Binay got high approval ratings of 79 and 77 percent, respectively.

House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. got 37 percent approval rating while Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno got 42 percent.

Issues and Controversies

The Pulse Asia survey also covered issues and controversies including Zambonga City crisis; the filing of P61-million tax evasion case against Napoles and her husband; the resignation of National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) director Nonnatus Rojas and deputy director Edmundo Arugay following remarks made by the President that two NBI officials tipped off Napoles about her arrest warrant; and the concrete blocks found in the disputed Panatag Shoal.

The nationwide survey is based on a sample of 1,200 Filipino respondents who are 18 years old and above. It has a ± 3% error margin with 95% confidence level.

Araceli A. Reas
ABCom, Leyte Normal University