MANILA - Nearly half of Filipinos believe President Benigno Aquino III has failed to curb corruption in the country, according to a survey conducted by Radio Veritas.
In a nationwide poll conducted by Radio Veritas in the second quarter of this year, 46% of Filipinos believe the President failed to curb corruption, 13% said he succeeded in fighting corruption, while 41% were "unsure."
"Sa lahat ng sangay mula sa Presidente maliban sa barangay, talagang napakalaganap ng korupsyon hanggang ngayon. Yun ang malinaw na lumilitaw," said Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo.
"Mas mabuti itong rehimen ng kaunti kumpara sa nakaraan. It leaves much to be desired," Novaliches Bishop Emeritus Teodoro Bacani said. "Si Gloria [Macapagal Arroyo] tinimbang, malaki ang kulang. Si PNoy tinimbang at nagkulang pa rin."
On the perception of corruption among government offices, the Senate topped the list with a 49% corruption rating.
The House of Representatives came in second with a 48% rating, while the Cabinet got a 41% rating.
"Ang tingin ko na-corrupt ng Presidente ang Senado. Tingnan niyo ang nangyari sa impeachment, tingin ng tao sinuhulan ang Senado. Kulang ang transparency," Bacani said.
While the survey reflected a dismal approval on the campaign against corruption, Catholic church leaders said the President's remaining year in office is enough time to push for reforms and pursue his promises.
"Yung FOI (freedom of information) bill ang tagal na niyan, pero hindi pa rin nila dinedesisyunan. Ang anti-dynasty bill wala rin desisyon," noted Pabillo.
The bishops are hoping that the President will be honest in assessing his performance in his anti-corruption efforts in his upcoming State of the Nation Address (SONA).
They believe there will be no change if setbacks are not acknowledged.