MANILA - Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile said he is not affected by the recent drop in his ratings, adding that public opinion is just like ice cream.
"Sometimes it melts, sometimes it solidifies," Enrile said. "It has gone down, but who knows it might rise again? It has no effect on me.”
Based on Pulse Asia, Enrile’s rating dropped 27 percentage points to 46% in the January survey from 73% in November 2012.
The distrust rating for Enrile was also more pronounced at 15%.
Enrile believes that the decrease was due to the Senate fund controversy. Senators Alan Cayetano, Pia Cayetano, Miriam Santiago and Antonio Trillanes IV accused him of misuse of funds.
"Maybe it’s because of the barrage of attacks from some [who are] dissatisfied on the way I distributed [the funds],” he said.
Vice President Jejomar Binay, meanwhile, believes he has maintained the highest trust ranking despite a dip in numbers. "Kung titingnan mo ang survey, hindi kumontra, napunta sa undecided," he said.
He added, "basta ako, number 1 pa rin.”
The top five government leaders actually saw a slide in their ratings. From a high of 78% in November, President Benigno Aquino III’s rating dipped 12 points to only 66%. Binay, on the other hand, slid 13 percentage points to 69%.