MANILA (UPDATE) - Public satisfaction with Vice President Jejomar Binay has hit a record low in the last quarter even as other top officials such as Speaker Sonny Belmonte, Senate President Franklin Drilon and Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno recorded gains in their net satisfaction ratings, a Social Weather Stations survey revealed Monday.
The survey conducted last September 26-29 showed Binay's net satisfaction ratings dropping by 15 points, from +67 in June to a very good +52 last month. The survey said a total of 70% of Filipinos said they were satisfied with Binay's performance while 17% said they were dissatisfied.
SWS said the +52 score is Binay's lowest net satisfaction rating since hitting a +57 rating in November 2010.
The survey results, which first came out in BusinessWorld, also reflect a dive in Binay's approval and trust ratings in a recent Pulse Asia survey.
Binay has come under fire over alleged corruption issues when he was still mayor of Makati. A Senate Blue Ribbon Subcommittee investigation is currently investigating the alleged overpricing of the P2.2 billion Makati City Hall Building 2, which started construction when Binay was still mayor of the country's financial district.
A property appraiser earlier said the building should only cost P877 million, and not P2.2 billion.
Binay has refused to appear before the Senate inquiry, saying Senators Alan Peter Cayetano and Antonio Trillanes IV only want to pull down his ratings.
A spokesman for the vice-president said Binay "is happy and thankful that 70 per cent of Filipinos are satisfied with his performance."
"The numbers are surprising. Despite the toxic atmosphere brought about by the kangaroo court of the senate and the incessant attacks by political detractors, he still outperforms the rest of the field. It really goes to show that it's hard to put a good man down," Cavite Gov. Jonvic Remulla said in a statement.
"It makes him more committed to bring the issues directly to the people and perform his duties," he added.
Meanwhile, the SWS survey also showed three public officials posting gains in their own net satisfaction ratings.
Senate President Franklin Drilon's net satisfaction rose from +20 to +36 in the latest survey, Speaker Sonny Belmonte's ratings rose from +2 to +13 and Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno's ratings rose from +6 to +10 in the same survey.
Public satisfaction also improved for top government institutions in the past quarter, with the Senate getting a +28 rating, the House of Representatives at +21 and the Supreme Court at +32.
The Cabinet also saw gains in the past quarter, with its net satisfaction rising from +7 to +18.
A total of 1,200 respondents participated in the SWS survey.