De Lima said No. 1 ranking 'humbling'


Posted at Apr 27 2011 07:00 PM | Updated as of Apr 28 2011 07:43 AM

MANILA, Philippines - Justice Secretary Leila de Lima on Wednesday said she is humbled by a recent Pulse Asia survey showing her as the number 1 ranked member of the Aquino Cabinet.

The survey, conducted last February 24 to March 6, showed de Lima getting a 61% approval rating or 1 percentage point higher than her previous rating in October 2010. She dislodged Social Welfare Secretary Corazon Soliman from the top spot.

"It's very humbling actually but I take it as a further challenge for more hard work. I just need to work harder because of high expectations. If you have high approval rating that means the people, the public, has so much expectations from you and the institution. So we need to work harder," she said.

The Pulse Asia survey showed Soliman’s approval rating dipping six points to 59%.

Presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda and Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Cayetano Paderanga Jr. were tied at third place with 43%. Executive Secretary Jojo Ochoa ranked fourth with 39%, up 6 points from the previous survey.

The approval ratings of Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo and Strategic Planning and Development Secretary Ricky Carandang also went up between one and two percentage points at 38% and 36%.

Other officials who obtained an approval rating of 37 percentage points included Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima, Public Works Secretary Rogelio Singson, Budget Secretary Florencio Abad and Presidential Management Staff head Julia Abad.

Trade Secretary Gregory Domingo got 36 percentage points, while Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin received 34%.

Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma got 31 percentage points. With Philippine Star