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Vice-President Jejomar Binay has overtaken President Benigno Aquino III as the most appreciated and most trusted government official in the Philippines, the latest Pulse Asia survey revealed Thursday.

The survey, conducted February 24 to March 6, 2011, showed Binay enjoying 83% performance approval rating, up from the 78% registered last October. In comparison, Aquino's performance rating dipped slightly from 79% in October to 74% in March.

Binay also enjoyed an increase in trust ratings from 78% in October to 81% in March. Aquino's trust rating dipped slightly from 80% to 75% during the same period.

Joey Salgado, Binay's spokesman, said the Pulse Asia survey encourages the vice-president to work even harder.

"VP Binay is grateful for the people's support. It encourages him to work harder for our people. The VP knows that our country is facing so many challenges and he asks that we all work together to face these challenges and help President Noynoy move our country forward," he said.

The Pulse Asia survey showed Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile enjoying 60% performance approval rating, House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. with 50% approval rating and Chief Justice Renato Corona with 32% approval rating.

Enrile had 56% trust rating, Belmonte had 43% trust while Corona had 28% trust rating.

Pulse Asia said Corona had the highest disapproval (24%) and distrust (27%) ratings among the 5 top government officials.

With respect to public indecision, it is most pronounced toward the performance and trustworthiness of House Speaker Belmonte  (37% and 39%, respectively) and Supreme Court Chief Justice Corona (43% and 44%, respectively).

Filipinos are least ambivalent toward the performance and trustworthiness of President Aquino (18% and 20%, respectively) and Vice-President Binay (14% and 15%, respectively).

The survey was conducted at the height of the impeachment proceedings against Ombudsman Merceditas Gutierrez at the House of Representatives and the congressional investigations into the plea-bargaining agreement entered into by former Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Comptroller Ret. Maj. Gen. Carlos Garcia, as well as the alleged corruption involving former high-ranking military officials.

Other developing stories at the time the survey was conducted were:  the diplomatic row between the Philippines and Taiwan over the deportation of 14 Taiwanese nationals to China; government efforts to save three Filipinos facing execution in China for drug trafficking; the commemoration of the 25th anniversary of the EDSA Revolution; and the evacuation of Filipinos in Libya amidst the ongoing civil unrest in the country.

A total of 1,200 representative adults participated in the survey. It has a ± 3% error margin at the 95% confidence level. (Abs-Cbnnews)




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