Villar cites GMA trust rating for non-alliance with administration
By Christina Mendez
The Philippine Star
MANILA, Philippines – Nacionalista Party standard-bearer Sen. Manuel Villar Jr. said yesterday that President Arroyo’s trust rating declined because of the massive corruption in her administration, which is one of the reasons why he will not forge an alliance with her, contrary to his detractors’ claims.
Reacting to the recent Pulse Asia survey indicating that an endorsement from the President is a kiss of death, Villar said, “The people really look at her unfavorably, we can’t do anything about that.”
Villar, who visited detained Col. Ariel Querubin at the Intelligence Service of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (ISAFP) detention center at Camp Aguinaldo in Quezon City, said the only reason his name is being linked to Mrs. Arroyo is to mislead the people and drag down his ratings now that he in a statistical tie with main rival Liberal Party presidential bet Sen. Noynoy Aquino. The latest Pulse Asia survey results showed that three of four adult Filipinos (74 percent) said they would not vote for a candidate endorsed by Mrs. Arroyo. In contrast, a majority of Filipinos trust the presidential and vice presidential candidates of the Liberal Party (LP) and the Nacionalista Party (NP).
The LP, however, branded as misleading the Pulse Asia survey showing Villar as the most trusted presidential candidate, since Villar’s party commissioned the survey at the height of his advertising blitz.
Aquino said he was not surprised by the boost in trust ratings for Villar, pointing out that his closest rival had already spent over a billion pesos for ad placements alone.
Aquino, who garnered a trust rating of 64 percent compared to Villar’s 70 percent, expressed confidence that Villar’s trust ratings would decline when the public learns more about the NP bet’s role in the C-5 Road diversion scandal.
Arroyo ally Quezon Rep. Danilo Suarez said popularity surveys are almost always unfavorable to any sitting head of state, particularly in a developing country like the Philippines, where people expect their government to lift them from poverty, placing the President in a no-win situation.
“The President should be getting support rather than criticism, but what can we do? In Philippine politics, it’s damned if you do and damned if you don’t,” Suarez said.
He is just one of the administration lawmakers who refuted the results of the Pulse Asia survey showing that nearly seven out of 10 Filipino adults continue to distrust Mrs. Arroyo. – With Delon Porcalla, Aurea Calica, Alexis Romero, AFP