MANILA - The House independent bloc wants a congressional investigation on the survey ratings of President Aquino, which remain high despite criticisms over the administration's handling of the aftermath of super typhoon Yolanda.
In particular, the bloc wants a probe on the Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey claiming that President Aquino's approval ratings in areas devastated by super typhoon 'Yolanda' was an unusual high of 73 percent (with a net satisfaction rating of +54).
In a statement, the bloc, led by Leyte Rep. Martin Romualdez, said, "We want an investigation into this not just to simply find out the accuracy but more importantly, to determine if the survey, and the SWS, are part of a cover-up to hide form the people the government's incompetence and possible irregularities in rehabilitation efforts for 'Yolanda' survivors.'"
The bloc said reactions by both the survivors and colleagues who had visited the disaster-stricken areas totally contradict the survey's results.
Romualdez is congressman of Tacloban City. He is a cousin of Tacloban Mayor Alfred Romualdez who until recently had a word war with Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas over the disaster management in the city.
The bloc said, "Just last Saturday, some 15,000 survivors from Leyte and Samar held a protest rally in Tacloban City to belie the SWS' claim of a 73 percent rating for President Aquino. "
"Tacloban City Councilor Eden Chua-Peneda declared in media that the government's 'rehabilitation program is nowhere to be seen' in Tacloban and in the other affected areas."
"We want to question the SWS on what is their basis for the survey result . If they don't have any convincing proof, they had better have a solid, justifiable reason for trying to fool the people."
The independent bloc is composed mostly of allies of detained former President and now Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.