MANILA, Philippines - The Palace does not see the public’s concern over inflation—as indicated by the latest Pulse Asia survey—as an expression of dissatisfaction over President Aquino’s performance, saying it has been a normal concern “regardless of who’s in power.”
But the Palace also sees the survey results as a message for the Palace to show the fruits of its efforts in the economic front.
“I don’t think there’s a dissatisfaction… If they were very dissatisfied with that, I think you would have seen a dip in the President’s approval rating which you did not see. Ang basa namin, ang sinasabi nila is ‘Please show us that you’re doing more about economic issues,’” Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning Office Ricky Carandang said.
The Palace believes that most Filipinos remain concerned about the administration’s effort to fight corruption in general.
“There was one item where the President also ranked very high and that was in the fight against corruption. And I think that the public tends to view the impeachment of Justice Corona as an element of the administration’s fight against corruption. So I think, if you look at it in general terms, it is something that the public is concerned about. But maybe they’re not so concerned about the specifics of the trial,” Carandang said. -- report from Willard Cheng, ABS-CBN News