Philippine Vice President Leni Robredo’s trust rating suffered a steep decline in the first quarter of the year, according to a recent Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey.
According to the results of the survey, which was released on Tuesday, May 9, the vice president’s net ratings plunged by 15 points lower than her previous 45 percent net trust rating in December 2016.
Figures from the poll show that 55 percent of Filipinos have “much trust” for the Vice President, while 25 percent have “little trust.” The remaining 20 percent are undecided.
The poll, with an error margin of plus or minus three, was conducted using face-to-face interviews with a total of 1,200 respondents nationwide from March 15 to 20.
Despite the drop in score, Robredo’s camp said that the survey results show that many Filipinos still trust the vice president.
“We are grateful for the continued show of trust in Vice President Leni Robredo reflected in the recent SWS Trust Rating survey results,” Georgina Hernandez, the vice president’s spokesperson, said.
She added, “We are encouraged by the results of this survey which covers the period from December 2016 to March 2017 — the first three months that VP Leni began work outside of Cabinet, and focused all her efforts on Angat Buhay, the Office of the Vice President’s Anti-Poverty initiative.”
Robredo suffered the biggest loss in Mindanao where her trust rating fell down by 32 points — from 52 percent last quarter to 20 percent, downgrading from “very good” to “moderate.”
In Metro Manila, her ratings also dropped to “moderate” after scoring 20 percent, which is 10 points below the “good” 30 percent in the December poll.
While Robredo’s trust remained “very good” in Visayas and Balance Luzon, both areas’ score decreased by 10 points—scoring 40 percent and 33 percent respectively this year.
House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez said he is still making a careful review of the two impeachment raps against Robredo.
On Tuesday, Alvarez told reporters that he has yet to decide whether to endorse either of the complaints.
“I don’t want to just keep attacking even when there’s no substance. So we are studying it. I’m not saying I will truly file. If there’s substance, why not? Like I said before, if there is substance, and if it can stand in an impeachment trial, then it can be considered,” Alvarez said.
The House speaker added that he also referred the complaints to the justice committee “to evaluate whether it’s OK to endorse it.”
“It would be hard it if it were just me,” he remarked.
Robredo is facing possible impeachment raps for allegedly betraying public trust when she sent a video message criticizing the Philippine government’s war on drugs before the United Nations.
Marcos loyalists Oliver Lozano and Melchor Chavez filed the first complaint against Robredo in March, while the group ‘Impeach Leni Movement,’ led by law professor Bruce Rivera, tried to file an impeachment rap last week but failed to secure an endorsement from any lawmaker.