MANILA - (UPDATE) Only 19 percent of Filipinos trust former President and now House Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, a recent survey from Pulse Asia showed.
Arroyo, with 43 percent distrust, scored the lowest trust rating among all top 5 national government officials, Pulse Asia said in its September 2018 trust and approval ratings.
Thirty-seven percent of 1,800 survey participants were undecided on whether or not they should trust Arroyo, the report showed.
The legislative chamber led by Arroyo received a 56 percent approval rating, 10 percentage points lower than its 66 percent approval rating in June 2018.
The latest Pulse Asia survey was Arroyo's first trust grade as House Speaker.
The approval for her performance was not measured as the survey was conducted about a month after she replaced Davao del Norte Rep. Pantaleon Alvarez as House Speaker.
"The performance probe asks respondents to assess the work done by selected government personalities in the 3 months prior to the conduct of the survey," Pulse Asia said.
She was catapulted into the House leadership in July when several lawmakers ousted Alvarez on the same day President Rodrigo Duterte delivered his third State of the Nation Address in the Batasan Pambansa.
Alvarez's last trust rating before he was removed as House Speaker was at 45 percent.
Arroyo's office welcomed the recent survey results, noting that it is an increase from her last approval rating of 16 percent in 2010 when she was still president.
“After years of attacks and political persecution, the public approval rating of former President and now House Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo is on an upswing with the level of distrust diminishing,” her office said in a statement Tuesday.
“While Speaker Arroyo has always been dispassionate about surveys, she takes them as a snapshot of people’s sentiment. When she was president, she would not let surveys define her work. As Speaker, however, she remains focused and committed to what needs to done at the House of Representatives to carry out the legislative agenda of President Duterte,” her office added.
Arroyo's administration was marred by at least 3 coup attempts after some soldiers, including now opposition Senator Antonio Trillanes IV, decried alleged corrupt practices in the procurement of military equipment.
The leak of wiretapped phone calls between Arroyo and former Commission on Elections Commissioner Virgilio Garciliano also made headlines in 2005 after the 2 were heard discussing an alleged plot to rig the 2004 presidential elections.
Arroyo never confirmed the authenticity of the tapes, but issued a public apology for her "lapse in judgment."
Arroyo was placed under hospital arrest from 2012 to 2016 over a P366 million plunder case in connection with the alleged misuse of funds of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO).
In 2017, the Supreme Court dismissed with finality the plunder case of the Pampanga representative.
The Supreme Court, as an institution, received a 52 percent approval rating in the recent survey.