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By Joel Guinto
First Posted 12:34:00 11/12/2008

MANILA, Philippines — President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s approval and trust ratings remain low as her administration continues to be besieged by corruption allegations, according to an independent survey.

Pulse Asia Inc.’s October Ulat ng Bayan survey showed that the Arroyo’s public approval rating stood at 27 percent while her public trust rating was at 24 percent.

Arroyo’s disapproval rating is at 46 percent while her distrust rating at 51 percent, according to the survey conducted from October 14 to 27 on 1,200 respondents nationwide.

“In October 2008, amidst unresolved political and economic issues facing her administration, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo continues to struggle with rather low levels of public approval and public trust,” Pulse Asia said in a statement.

During the period, news reports centered on the impending return of former agriculture Jocelyn “Joc-Joc” Bolante, the alleged brains of the P728-million fertilizer fund scam, the unexplained €105,000 contingency fund for a police delegation to an Interpol conference in Russia, and the Supreme Court’s ruling that an agreement between the government and Moro rebels for an ancestral domain in the south was unconstitutional.

Pulse Asia said that compared to the last presidential trust and approval ratings in July this year, Arroyo’s ratings were “practically constant.”

Year-on-year, however, Arroyo’s disapproval rating rose seven percentage points to 46 percent from 39 percent in October 2007, Pulse Asia said.

The survey firm noted that people in Metro Manila were most critical of the President, where she registered a 65-percent disapproval and distrust rating.

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