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President Benigno Aquino III on Monday just shrugged off the drop in his satisfaction ratings, stressing that governance should not be driven by surveys.
“Hindi po natin dapat intindihin yan, yung pamamalakad e hindi survey-driven. Yung pamamalakad po ay nagmumula sa kung ano ba ang tama kumpara sa ano ba ang mali,” Aquino told reporters after inspecting a bus terminal in Cubao, Quezon City as part of government's campaign for a zero casualty in this year's Holy Week exodus.
Admitting that he does not expect to be on top of surveys on satisfaction rating, Aquino said: “Ano yan e time to time parang…periodic surveys yan, alangan naman palaging nasa taas tayo. Hindi natin maiwasan na sometimes, natatyambahan na yung naiinterview ay hindi pa natin naasikaso nang husto. May panahon naman na ang naiinterview ay mga naasikaso na nang husto.”
Aquino’s satisfaction rating went down from "very good" to "good," according to the survey of the Social Weather Stations conducted from March 10 to 13, 2012.
The SWS First Quarter Social Weather Report showed 68 percent were satisfied with Aquino's performance and 19 percent were not, resulting in a net satisfaction rating of +49. This figure was down by nine points from the President’s “very good” net satisfaction rating of +58 (71 percent satisfied, 13 percent dissatisfied) last December, the SWS noted. Earlier in the day, deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte attributed the plunge in President Aquino’s rating to the talk of a jeepney fare hike, which took effect a week after the survey was conducted. Push necessary reforms
At his informal press briefing, the President admitted he has yet to see the survey but wanted to take a look at it. He, however, vowed to push for the necessary reforms even if it will entail sacrifices.
“Isusulong natin yung tama, kung minsan yung pagtatama ay may sakripisyong kasama pero sa ikabubuti ng nakararami,” he said.
At the same time, Aquino defended his administration’s perceived lack of action against surging oil prices.
“Pinalalaki yung issue sa oil price hike, parang me magagawa tayo talaga doon,” he said.
What's good, Aquino noted, is that despite the oil price hikes, the prices of basic commodities remain the same.
“Nung araw pag nagtaas ang presyo ng krudo, lahat ng bilihin sabay na nagtataas. Ngayon po medyo nagbago na, yung inflation nanggagaling sa pangkaraniwang binibili ng mga mamamayan at imbes na tumaas ang presyo (ng bilihin) pag tumaas ang presyo ng krudo e hindi naman naabot yung ating pinoproject na inflation target,” Aquino said. — RSJ, GMA News