Pacquiao tops approval, trust ratings among PH senators

Pacquiao tops approval, trust ratings among PH senators

MANILA – Senator Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao got the highest approval and trust ratings among all incumbent Philippine senators an independent survey conducted in the first two weeks of August says. Over 70 percent of respondents on the Pahayag SONA survey conducted by PUBLiCUS Asia Inc. said they approved of Pacquiao’s performance as senator over the past 12 months. And that made the boxing-legend-turned-politician as the only senator to earn majority approval among respondents throughout the archipelago.

A far second to Sen. Pacquiao is senator Mary Grace Poe with 45.8 percent; followed by Juan Miguel Zubiri, 44.47 percent; Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go, 42.20 percent; and Panfilo Lacson, 41.87 percent. The poll was conducted from 1-11 August 2020. Meanwhile, incarcerated opposition Sen. Leila de Lima notched the lowest total approval rating among incumbent senators, with only 13 percent, indicating that respondents “approve or strongly approve” of her performance. Along with her are Senators Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr., 15.33 percent; Cynthia Villar, 21.4 percent; Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III, 23.07 percent; and Franklin Drilon, 27.07 percent.

Disapproval rating

De Lima also garners the highest total disapproval rating, with almost two-thirds of respondents saying they “disapprove or strongly disapprove” of her performance. Next to her is Sen. Revilla with 57.60 percent; Villar, 56.67 percent; Pimentel, 46.93 percent; and Ronald “Bato” de la Rosa, 45.93 percent.

Pacquiao, also most trusted

Sen. Manny Pacquiao is the most trusted senator with 62.73 percent of respondents indicating “high or very high trust” in the senator. Pacquiao is followed by Go with 32.87 percent; Poe, 32.53 percent; Zubiri, 27.27 percent; and Lacson, 26.60 percent. De Lima has the lowest trust rating at 7.2 percent. She is followed by Revilla with 7.87 percent; Pimentel, 13.20 percent; Villar, 14.07 percent; and Drilon, 15.4 percent.

All the President’s men

The three top Duterte allies who secured Senate seats in the May 2019 elections, however, notched relatively low approval ratings after one year on the job. Go, former special assistant to President Rodrigo Duterte and longtime aide, ranked 4th and 7th in overall total approval and disapproval ratings. More than a third of respondents or 35.2 percent said they either “disapprove or strongly disapprove” of Go’s performance over the past year.


Sen. Ronald “Bato” de la Rosa’s 45.93 percent total disapproval rating is the fifth highest among the 23 senators. Overall, Sen. Francis Tolentino, former presidential adviser for political affairs, ranked 17th, lowest among the president’s newly-installed allies.


Sen. Francis Tolentino, Duterte’s former presidential adviser for political affairs, ranked 17th with a total approval rating of only 28.33 percent. Dela Rosa, Duterte’s first Philippine National Police chief at the height of the administration’s war on drugs, ranked slightly better than Tolentino at 16th overall with a total approval rating of 30.27 percent.

What Pahayag SONA is about

About 1,500 respondents 18 years old and above, registered voters and living in the Philippines participated in Pahayag SONA, an independent and non-commissioned online panel survey conducted by PUBLiCUS Asia Inc. The sample was proportionate to the registered voting population as of the May 2019 elections. (With reports from Manila Times) (IA/DS)

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