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By Junex Doronio

PRESIDENT Ferdinand Marcos Jr., has sustained a significant backlash in the most recent survey and for a ranking member of Sanlakas-Cebu, this might be due to his inability to deliver on his campaign pledge to reduce the cost of rice to P20 per kilogram.

This issue has become a glaring weakness for him, leading to disillusionment among the vast majority of the 31 million Filipinos who cast their votes in his favor during the May 2022 election, the socialist-leaning official said.

“Ang tinatahak na landas ni PBBM ay taliwas sa inaasahan ng mayoryang nagluklok sa kanya. Ang bigas na pangunahing pagkain na mahalaga sa mamamayan ang naging batayan ng pagboto sa kasalukuyang administrasyon. Ang pangakong gawing 20 pesos ang kilo ng bigas at ‘di niya kayang pangatawanan ang siyang magiging daan upang masiphayo ang mga umaasa sa kanya. Ito rin ang magiging daan upang dumausdos ang kanyang popularidad,” Sanlakas -Cebu secretary general Teodorico “Ka Teody” Duran Navea told Maharlika Nu Media in an exclusive interview Friday.

Known as one of the RJ factions of the leftist groups, Sanlakas-Cebu rooted for then-presidential candidate labor leader Ka Leody de Guzman of Partido Lakas ng Masa (PLM) in 2022.

RJ is the shortened term for the “rejectionists” or those who reject the “protracted people’s war” or prolonged armed struggle advocated by the RA or “reaffirmists.”

The RAs adhere to armed revolution by encircling the cities from the countryside — a concept that was copied from China’s Mao Zedong by the late Jose Ma. Sison, the founder of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) in 1968.

Most recent survey

According to a recent survey conducted by Publicus Asia, there has been a decline in favorable sentiments towards the administration of President Marcos, accompanied by an increase in sentiments opposing the administration.

In the third-quarter survey by Publicus, released recently, it was found that 43 percent of respondents expressed support for the administration, a decrease from the 48 percent recorded in the second-quarter survey. Publicus noted that this decrease suggests a reduction in alignment with the current administration and its priorities compared to the previous quarter.

Conversely, anti-administration sentiments rose from 18 percent in the first quarter to 23 percent in the third quarter, indicating that a greater number of respondents are now opposed to or dissatisfied with the administration’s leadership. This trend suggests an ongoing increase in dissatisfaction with the administration.

Notably, the National Capital Region (NCR) witnessed a significant drop in pro-administration support, falling from 47 percent to 35 percent, while anti-administration support in the NCR increased from 17 percent to 30 percent. Southern Luzon also experienced a decline in pro-administration support, from 41 percent to 36 percent, although Mindanao continued to strongly support the Marcos administration, with 56 percent favoring it.

Despite these shifts, respondents’ political leaning toward the opposition or the Liberal Party remained stable at 45 percent. Pro-opposition support remained statistically constant at 20 percent, slightly higher than the 18 percent recorded in the previous quarter, while anti-opposition support decreased from 35 percent to 33 percent.

Publicus noted that some respondents may be adopting a “wait-and-see” approach, cautiously awaiting improvements from the current administration while refraining from full commitment to the opposition until concrete changes are observed.

The survey was conducted from September 7 to 12 and involved 1,500 respondents selected from a market research panel of over 200,000 Filipinos maintained by PureSpectrum, a US-based panel marketplace. Respondents were divided into five geographical areas: NCR, North Central Luzon, South Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. (ai/mnm)

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By: Junex Doronio

WAS IT CAUSED BY THE UNFULFILLED P20 per kilo of rice campaign promise and the recent spike in unit prices of rice?

This question cropped up following a report that President Ferdinand Marcos Jr.’s trust and approval ratings dropped based on PUBLiCUS Asia Inc.’s third-quarter survey.

On Thursday, September 21, which coincided with the martial law declaration by PBBM’s late father President Ferdinand Marcos Sr., PUBLiCUS Asia Inc. released its survey that showed 55 percent of 1,500 respondents appreciated the President’s work performance, or a seven-point decline from the 62 percent in the second quarter.

The survey was reportedly conducted from September 7 to 12.

PBBM recorded lower ratings in Metro Manila (61 percent in the second quarter to 52 percent in the third quarter), North Central Luzon (60 percent to 56 percent), South Luzon (55 percent to 49 percent), and Visayas (71 percent to 52 percent).

But in the Visayas, PBBM’s approval ratings rose slightly from 63 percent to 64 percent.

“Connected to the less positive sentiments of Filipinos this quarter, approval ratings of the top country officials take a significant blow, hitting lowest in five quarters,” PUBLiCUS Asia Inc. said.

“All regions except Mindanao contribute to the overall weakened approval but to varying extents,” PUBLiCUS Asia Inc. further noted.

It added the President’s trust ratings also dropped from 54 percent to 47 percent.

On the other hand, Vice President Sara Duterte had a 62-percent approval rating and a 55-percent trust rating.

Senate President Juan Miguel “Migz” Zubiri continues to have a steady approval rating of 43 percent and a 33 percent trust rating.

Noticeably, presidential cousin House Speaker Ferdinand Martin G. Romualdez had a stable approval rating of 37 percent and a 29 percent trust rating.

Political observers said VP Duterte, Romualdez, and Senator Risa Hontiveros will likely square off in the 2028 presidential elections. (ai/mnm)

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MANILA — Approximately 46% of Filipino adults express optimism about an improvement in the Philippine economy over the next six months, as revealed in the most recent OCTA Research survey released on Monday.

Conducted independently and without any commissioned influence, the “Tugon ng Masa” (TNM) National Survey by OCTA Research was carried out from July 22 to 26, indicating that slightly less than half of Filipino adults maintain a positive outlook for the future.

This figure represents a 4% decrease compared to the 50% recorded in the survey conducted in the first quarter of March 2023.

While roughly 46% of adult Filipinos anticipate an economic improvement, the survey also highlights that 43% believe the economy will remain stable, and 6% fear it may deteriorate.

OCTA’s most recent survey further reveals that the percentage of adult Filipinos who foresee a better Philippine economy in the next six months varies from 31% to 54% across different major regions. The highest level of optimism was recorded in Balance Luzon (54%), while the lowest was found in Visayas (31%).

Conversely, the percentage of adult Filipinos who anticipate a worsening economy over the next six months ranges from 2% to 11%. The highest percentage of pessimism is observed in Visayas (11%), while the lowest is in Balance Luzon (2%).

In addition, the poll indicates that 55% of adult Filipinos believe their quality of life will improve in the coming six months, 36% expect it to remain the same, and 4% anticipate a decline. (ai/mnm)