Aquino rating still up despite Sabah issue


While criticized for his handling of the ongoing Sabah crisis, President Aquino continued to enjoy high approval ratings, the latest Pulse Asia survey showed.

In the survey, conducted from Feb. 24 to 28, the President registered an approval rating of 68 percent and a trust rating of 70 percent.

The survey used face-to-face interviews with 1,800 registered voters aged 18 and older. It had a margin of error of plus-or-minus 2 percentage points.

The government has drawn flak for its handling of the Sabah crisis, which has dragged on for more than a month as armed followers of Sulu Sultan Jamalul Kiram III refuse to leave the Malaysian-controlled territory.

Malaysia launched full-scale operations to flush out Kiram’s followers earlier this month, with more than 62 men from the so-called Sulu royal army and 10 Malaysian security men killed in fire fights. Hundreds of Filipinos have fled Sabah amid the fighting.

“Let me also state that the Sabah situation did not affect the approval ratings of the President,” Edwin Lacierda, presidential spokesman, said in a Malacañang briefing.

Asked if the results of the survey reflected how Filipinos viewed the government’s handling of the standoff, Lacierda, however, said: “I cannot evaluate it.”

The President has been criticized for the loss of Kiram’s June 2010 letter to him over the sultanate’s claim to Sabah, his tough stance against the sultanate in Manila, and the government’s helplessness to stop Malaysian violence against Filipinos in Sabah, among other issues.

Back-channel talks

The government has employed back-channel talks with the Kirams, including Jamalul and his brother Agbimuddin who led armed followers to Sabah, but all these bogged down.

Aquino also directed Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa Jr., the Department of Justice and the Department of Foreign Affairs to draw up a “peaceful road map” for the Sabah claim.

In a March 2 phone conversation with Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, Aquino requested that the 800,000 Filipinos who had nothing to do with the incursion be spared from the violence.

To deal with the influx of undocumented Filipinos fleeing Sabah, the President dispatched social welfare and labor officials to Mindanao to provide assistance.

Lacierda said Malacañang was elated by the results of the poll.

“We are certainly happy that despite all the concerns, the people continue to repose their trust on the President. This is an affirmation of the governance of President Benigno S. Aquino III,” he said.


While taking the time to join his senatorial slate’s campaign, the President still gives priority to government efforts to resolve the Sabah crisis and other pressing governance matters, said reelectionist Sen. Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III.

Pimentel, among 12 senatorial candidates on the ticket of Aquino’s Team PNoy, also called on the public to support Malacañang’s moves to end the crisis, saying the President had access to enough information on the matter before deciding what course of action to take.

Asked to respond to criticism of Malacañang’s handling of the crisis, Pimentel said Aquino still took time to attend to the Sabah problem even while on the campaign trail.

“When we were in Pampanga, he came up the stage then he went down and went to a special room because he was studying the developments in Sabah,” Pimentel told Inquirer editors and reporters on Tuesday.

He said the President also discussed the matter with his candidates in their private gatherings, bouncing off ideas on how to end the conflict even if there was “no active solicitation” of advice.

But Pimentel said Aquino should not be faulted for campaigning for his slate amid the unresolved conflict in the south.

“Governance is not only Sabah. Number 2, you can govern the country even when you’re not in Malacañang given that we are now in the technological age. So, the Sabah incident should not prevent him from doing other things. Campaigning should be allowed,” Pimentel said.

He also called on the public to trust the President’s decisions and course of action on the Sabah dispute.

Pursue Sabah claim

Saying he is not in favor of dropping the Philippine claim to Sabah, Pimentel has recommended to the government the formation of an expert panel on the Sabah dispute and the option of extending assistance to the Sulu sultanate in pressing for ownership of the territory.—With a report from Inquirer Research

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  • lapuk

    I will believe only if the survey will be conducted by False Asia or by Purse Asia…

  • Orna Mint

    Why should his ratings go down? PNoy is doing the right thing by stopping the selfish acts of the Kirams who are putting the MILF peace pact into peril and forcing thousands of Filipinos in Sabah to leave their livelihood.

    • PinoyPower1

      Right, to my mind, the kirams are puppets being used by some disgruntled individuals who just want to destabilize the government.

      • EOJ

        They will not succeed. Filipinos in general want stability and peace. Their courage are misplaced. There is a proper, legal, and peaceful means to claim sabah. Going there in full battle gear and ready for combat is not a peaceful way to do it. As we know by now, their firearms were met with firearms.

    • loclin

      His ratings actually went down significantly compared to November 2012, which was 78% approval, 80% trust rating.

      • FILIPINOpatriot4ever

        His ratings actually went up compared to January.

      • loclin

        Sorry, my bad. It did went up slightly.

        Thanks for the correction.

    • Sinugba

      The Kirams and their followers are true patriots. They are prepared to shed their blood to get back Philippine territory. They did not stop by just talking. This is more than I could say to most of our politicians and fellowmen. They do the talk. My respect for Tausugs increased because they really fight for what they believe in.

      “Ang mamatay ng dahil sa iyo.” True filipinos.

      • illazar SR

        they fight sabah for their now defunct sulu sultanate…not for philipines, get your facts right

      • Constantine

        Si Kiram ay may tama sa ulo! Hindi dapat pinapansin kasama ng kanyang anak na Prinsesa daw sa kangkungan!

  • Weder-Weder Lang

    The Sabah Standoff started in February but the death toll only started to trickle in by March. When the Sabah Standoff began in Feb, public sentiment was either neutral or dormant. This Pulse Asia survey does not cover yet the period of March, specifically starting Mar 02, 2012 to present, when the death toll broke out. The reactions in forums and news media since the beginning of March have seen a dramatic shift in public sentiment. CDQ and Randy David both tried to defend PNoy’s anti-Filipino policy and both were swamped with predominantly negative comments. Even PDI’s editorial castigated PNoy several times in March for mishandling the Sabah Standoff in March. It would be interesting to see how the March surveys will look like and how it will impact Team PNoy since PNoy is part of LP’s branding.

    Feb 24-28 period ==> Latest Pulse Asia survey coverage (does not include death toll)
    Mar 02 – Present ==> Start of Sabah Standoff death toll & public backlash against PNoy
    Mar 02, 2013 ==> PDI headline (inquirer,net/?page-one=page-one-march-2-2013)

  • Popskief

    Pinoy will always be among if not the best and most popular President of this Republic.

    The tragic Sabah issue will not change that fact. .

    • lostRunes

      The Sabah issue is INDEED a tragedy. Mishandled by the president by labeling it a “lost cause” and acting as a spokesperson for the prime minister of Malaysia.

      The president being popular will not change that fact.

      Do not make this about the president. Solving national issues is the only reason why we vote a leader in the first place. Do not turn the whole thing upside down as if the sabah issue is a stumbling block to a president’s progress. The nation’s progress is hampered by the president’s decision making skills and that is a tragedy for us all. No survey results can change that.

      • bbguevara

        Apparently 68 to 70 % disagrees with you. Suck it up !!! Only the usual critics of PNoy like you felt that he mishandled the Sabah issue.

      • lostRunes

        Yes the usual critics. Solita Monsod, FVR, Jovito Salonga, retired diplomats, people I talk to everyday. When he proclaims Sabah as a “lost cause” and turns around his position, and says we should seek a peaceful resolution to Sabah claim, I think “mishandled” is too light a word. I call it disaster.

      • bbguevara

        Solita Monsod , always bitter since she lost in 2 elections and never got a cabinet post.
        FVR, why did he not successfully claim Sabah during his term???
        Salonga, as far as I know is bed ridden now. The article from him was about his position paper in the 80’s on the Sabah issue.
        Retired diplomats, retired na nga, need I say more.
        People I talk to, duh…. same short sighted outlook.

      • Constantine

        And her protegee Mar Roxas even lost! Malas talaga itong si Solita Monsod! Palagi kasing galit e!

      • Constantine

        Hayaan na natin ang Sabah na yan. Hindi na natin makukuha ulit! Sayonara Kiram, Sayonara Sabah!

      • destierro

        Nung impeachment ni Thief Justice Corona, “rule of law” ang justification mo kung bakit mo pinagtatanggol e obvious naman na corrupt at aso ni Gloria. Ngayong malinaw na sinunod ni Pnoy ang rule of law (international law) sa Unlawful aggression ng mga Kiram sa Sabah, siya pa rin mali. Kahit anong anggulo mo tignan, mali si jamalul kiram III. Si Pnoy pa rin sinisisi mo. Grabe double standard mo tsong. Or Utak-talangka ka lang talaga. Di bale, Investment grade na ang Pilipinas kahit nanjan kayong mga talangka.

      • joshua

        to all Abnoy and Team Malaysia blogger supporter Feb. 24 to 28 di pa po nag sisimula nag labanan ng Malaysia (which is PNOY Boss) and Kiram Supporters. March 1 po ung simula nun sigurado pag na survey un malamang lagapak si Abony at ang Team Malaysia pero depende pa rin yan kung ang Team Malaysia ang mag cococmission ng survey.

      • kornflakes

        Madali lang naman gawan ng paraan yan. Ikaw ang magpa commission ng survey.

      • bbguevara

        Sayonora… Sayonasabah,,,, Joshua.

      • Dellia Villarin

        Kc mga gulag and bingi kayo sa katotohanan.!!!!! Nauuto kyo ng mga Aquino..

    • PinoyPower1

      Definitely agree. PNoy will be among the greatest, if not the greatest president.

      • nakatutok

        hoy gising…

    • EOJ

      In my book, PNoy has the biggest positive national impact in recent years after Cory.

      • Ngiping Dilaw

        Walang naipagawang infrastracture patuloy ang kahirapan ng buhay mahal pa rin ang bilihin di tumataas ang sweldo ng mga tao walang malinaw na health programs, education ,agriculture, yan mga bagsak ang grade nya dyan!

      • Vlad D. Impaler

        musta naman ang dog food sa malacanang? isa ka pang sepsep!

    • bryanbrian

      President Benigno Aquino III is the best!

      • Dellia Villarin

        WHAAAA !!!!!!!

      • nakatutok

        BUM ikaw ba yan??

    • kulittwit

      Kahit ano pa ang sabihin ng mga haters hindi magbabago ang suporta namin kay PNoy! Kelangan tuloy tuloy ang pagsulong sa tuwid na daan sa pamamagitan ng good governance.

      • Dellia Villarin

        Huh!!!! Fr what planet are you? Good governance but double standard…what can u say bout the imus situation? Porket KKK ang involved ok LNG na di sunduin ang utos ng Supreme Court ..sabagay, ginagaya LNG sya..di sumusunod sa utos ng SC..yan ang legacy ny admin na to…tuwid na Daan ..WHAAAA?.

      • Constantine

        Kampon ka siguro ni malignong Binay!

      • Vlad D. Impaler

        woof! woof! madami pa dog food sa malacanang.

    • GaggerAlert

      Ouch… what about Magsaysay??

      Read history dude. Wala pa sya sa kalingkingan ng achivements ng mga presidents pre-Marcos.


      The vast majority of Filipinos worldwide want PNoy to succeed.

      • Ngiping Dilaw

        Super bagsak na rating nik na rating ni PNOY. GINAGAMIT Na lang yata ang 60 billion kada taon na porarrel swelda ibang seluhang abloggers.hahsha.

    • Ngiping Dilaw

      Kahit saan pumunta sina PNOY ay nilalangaw ang campaign rally nila. Todo ibinagsak ng rating kaya dinadaan na lang sa survey. Yan na lang ang pagasa nila survey. Bagsak na bagsak na rating ni PNOY.

      • ernievictory

        huh ? Gloria , ikaw ba ‘yan ?

    • Vlad D. Impaler


  • lostRunes

    Kelan ba ako naniwala sa mga surveys ng Cojuangco owned Pulse Asia and SWS? Kahit bumaba pa ang ratings ni Noynoy, manipulated pa rin yan para tumaas sa next survey.

    Sa rami ng negative comments online at nakakausap ko araw-araw, feeling ko nasa 20% trust rating niya. 70% trust rating niya?

    Kahit sa 10 na tao, kahit dalawa ang hindi siya gusto, 60% trust parin ang rating niya. Really? So out of ten people, 7 still trust the president, while the other three are neutral about it, and no one distrusts him? Or another scenario, 8 trust the president, while another is neutral about it, and there is only 1 who does not trust the president? Kahit wala pa ang sabah issue?

    This is so statistically bizarre. Good job, Pulse Asia and Tony boy Cojuangco.

    • rodben

      Pag may mga nanalong Independent senatorial candidates ngayong halalan lalabas na pera lang talaga katapat ng mga paid survey company na ito….unlike in US CNN live count ang survey kya walang duda….mula Cory, Ramos, Erap, GMA palaging may sabit ang survey nila nililito lang mga tao…anyway that’s part of a business of elite peoples in Pinas….

      • bbguevara

        During the last election in the US, the survey firm GALLUP made a total fool of themselves by coming out with survey results totally far off than the final election results. As a result USA TODAY terminated their partnership with GALLUP. This is what happens when you manipulate surveys. So far Pulse Asia and SWS are coming out with credible results, to the satisfaction of private and corporate users, which is a true mark of a reliable pollster.

    • crisostomo_ibarra_the3rd

      Sa rami ng negative comments kamo? Ilan ba yun, 500 negative comments? How about the other 94,999,500 Filipinos who did not comment negatively? Tinanong mo rin sila?
      Surveys are surveys. Some people do not believe them. Some people do. Dont try to over analyze it kasi hindi ka naman statistician eh. Ordinary reklamador ka lang naman sa blogsphere.

      • GaggerAlert

        Ummm… I was wondering how the heck did you come up with that number dude?

      • crisostomo_ibarra_the3rd

        Which number? the 500 or the 94,999,500?

      • GaggerAlert

        Both… I want stats with complete count and document what you say is true.

        Or you’re just a farce creating numbers for the sake of an argument.

      • crisostomo_ibarra_the3rd

        Hanggang dito ba naman dinadala mo pa ang katamaran mo?
        FYI. Source: World Bank
        Philippine Population is 94,852,030. (2011)

      • Vlad D. Impaler

        sige nga! ilan lang ang talagang nagco-comment at bumoboto dyan? at ilan lang dyan ang kayang bumili ng boto at opinion?

      • crisostomo_ibarra_the3rd

        That is exactly my point. Basahin mo uli.

        Surveys are surveys. Some people do not believe them. Some people do. Dont try to over analyze it kasi hindi ka naman statistician eh.
        Ordinary reklamador ka lang naman sa blogsphere.

        Getz mo?

      • GaggerAlert

        Ummm… manong, medyo laklak ng iodized salt a. Nawawala common sense e.

        Di mo ba naisip na indi lahat yan may “capacity” mag reply. Have you heard the term, “sampling”.

        Sinong ugok na mag iinterview sa buong population ng pinas. May iba dyan, mga bata pa.

        Ok, dyan sa number na yan, masasabi mo ba saken ilan ang puede makareply sa survey?

      • crisostomo_ibarra_the3rd

        Basahin mo uli ang tail ng post ko.

        Surveys are surveys. Some people do not believe them. Some people do. Dont try to over analyze it kasi hindi ka naman statistician eh.
        Ordinary reklamador ka lang naman sa blogsphere.

      • GaggerAlert

        Dude, I don’t need to be good in statistics to have common sense. Clearly you don’t know what you’re talking about.

        I reiterate: “Sinong ugok na mag iinterview sa buong population ng pinas. May iba dyan, mga bata pa.”

        Then what’s the relevance of you’re comment if you couldn’t even justify how many believe the survey and how many doesn’t? How would you know na wala sa majority kaming mga “ordinaryong reklamador”? 500 kami? Sure ka? base on what data?

      • crisostomo_ibarra_the3rd

        Yun na nga eh. Sino ang ugok na mag interview ng buong population. Kaya nga may survey with acceptable margin of error. You need not be scientific to know that surveys are based on science and the margin of error given a confidence level is acceptable. I will go back to the gist of my contention.

        Surveys are surveys. Some people do not believe them. Some people do.
        Dont try to over analyze it kasi hindi ka naman statistician eh.
        Ordinary reklamador ka lang naman sa blogsphere.

        You belong the reklamador group like LostRunes who thinks that based on the very few comments from the blogsphere, he thinks that he is superior than the scientific surveys with defined margin of error and confidence level.

      • GaggerAlert

        You know namn pala e.

        Then gou would you say that the reklamadors are only 500? WHAT DATA ARE WE TALKING HERE? Is it your data? If so, show it.

        Number one rule in statistics, don’t shoot out numbers without proof.

        I’m not overanalyzing it, I’m just using simple logic. So you’re saying only 500 are the reklamadors? So the rest are not? Come on dude.

      • GaggerAlert

        Because in the “blogosphere” anyone could say what they want. But not all of them make sense at all. E2 disect ko sinabi mo a:

        “Sa rami ng negative comments kamo? Ilan ba yun, 500 negative comments? How about the other 94,999,500 Filipinos who did not comment negatively? Tinanong mo rin sila?” – are you sarcastic that only a few negative comments arise here? Why are you pointing out the whole population wherein NOT ALL OF THEM are in the right position for a survey. SAMPLING is the answer. So, this doesn’t make a good argument whatsoever? Did you count that 500? or is that a rough estimate?

        “Surveys are surveys. Some people do not believe them. Some people do. Dont try to over analyze it kasi hindi ka naman statistician eh. Ordinary reklamador ka lang naman sa blogsphere.” – So, some people do, some people don’t.. either way, who is in the majority? Mga reklamadors or sang-ayons? You have data? What’s the purpose of shooting out a number (500) with another number (pinas population)? Explain.

        Simple lang, the majority wins (as they say), however if the minority is supported by someone in power in the majority, minority wins. That’s what’s happening in the REAL world. So don’t ever discredit each side. Even though we are ordinary reklamadors, people live in society, one opinion could change others in a split second.

    • Office of the Municipal Planni

      Researchers per se do their jobs systematically and scientifically. They will not risk their credibility because their dignity – which is the wholeness of a person’s being – lies upon it. Making accusations against the researchers without any evidence that fraud mars the conduct of their activity is unfair if not malicious – and no survey results can satisfy them but only those that conform with their opinion.

      • lostRunes

        I am not making accusations. I am a witness to how people who conduct surveys make shortcuts. Yung sa sample specific yan kung anong age bracket at anong location hahanapin ang sasagot ng interview para reflective ng over all population. Yung flaw diyan either sa mag co conduct ng survey or pag manipulate ng data. Remember when Pulse Asia conducted an exit poll that says De Venecia is leading the presidency? Precisely why the reputation of Pulse Asia is forever tarnished

    • bbguevara

      So far sa 10 bloggers dito ikaw lang ang kontra kay PNOY. YOUR statistic is truly bizarre.

      • lostRunes

        Please… hindi counted ang Malacanang communications group dito. I know your group/s very well. Say hi to Coloma for me. Kamusta na ang buhay paid blogger? You should do it very well kasi taxes namin ang nagpapasaya sa inyo :)

      • bbguevara

        Sorry, Coloma can’t afford me. Just pointing out your false claims, which wipes out your credibility.

      • lostRunes

        I have already counted 3 bloggers na kontra sa presidente niyo.Just pointing out your false claims, which wipes out your credibility.

      • Vlad D. Impaler

        woof! woof! tumataba ka sa dog food ng malacanang.

    • Dellia Villarin

      MISMO…surveys, unbelievable here in our planet…the results depende kng magkano….

  • nes911

    Condolence to all pnoy bashers. This is not your day.

    • Dancing Bear

      I’m patient.

    • GaggerAlert

      Come on, we all know the story.. after all the bashing we do, nakakabawi lang mga Pnoy nuthuggers, when its survey time.

      So, basically, sa lahat ng kamalian ng ginagawa nya, nakakabawi lang kayo only once pag nag release ng suvey.That nobody really believes.

    • Vlad D. Impaler

      woof! woof! dami pang dog food sa malacanang.

  • Dancing Bear

    SWS and Pulse Asia should be made to disclose the clients who paid for the surveys.

    • Johnny

      Tama. It’s a good law.

  • EdgarEdgar

    The Sabah issue did not come to the fore until Filipinos got killed. Filipinos got killed starting Mar 1. This survey only covers Feb 24 to Feb 28, one day before Sabah was turned into killing fields by Malaysia and war crimes came to public knowledge. It’s clear that this survey does not cover the period when strong condemnation from the people registered in various fora and editorials across different broadsheets and news channels. It would also be interesting to see how this do-nothing president and his senatorial line-up will do in Mindanao with the 14-hour daily brownouts. Meralco may have been asked to refund P73 million just yesterday but that will remain largely unfelt by most NCR residents as it is too small. Whatever election gimmickry Noynoy and his team comes up with will remain just gimmickry. Noynoy and his team are in for a shock and upset defeat come May 2013.

  • yesyesyo

    The Filipino people are now more discerning. They know that the priority of the government is the good and welfare not only of the 800,000 filipinos who live peacefully in sabah but more importantly the common good and general welfare of 95 Miliion filipinos at large.

    PNoy is right in prioritizing the national interest and not the interest of 300 warmongerers and blackmailers.

    • kulittwit

      Tumpak! alam ng publiko kung ano ang tama at mali. Alam ng mga tao na mas importante na pangalagaan ang kapakanan ng walong daang libo ikumpara sa interest ng isang grupo na mga manggugulo.

      • Vlad D. Impaler

        hello… (hello)… (hello)… inulit mo lang… (lang)… (lang)… (lang)… naintindihan naman namin ang ingles… (gles)… (gles)… (gles)


      The trapos are underestimating the mentality of filipinos. they actually use their common sense in dissecting social issues. they side with the logical and right actions. they know that the welfare of 800,00 filipinos in sabah is more important than the interest of the kiram family.

    • Vlad D. Impaler

      woof! woof! madami pa dog food sa malacanang.


    Tama naman talaga ang naging mga hakbang ng gobyerno sa sabah issue. Hindi talaga dapat inuuna ang interest ni kiram at ng tatlong daan nilang alagad. Tama lang na ang pangkalahatang kapakanan ng sambayanan ang mas bigyang halaga.

    Tama si PNoy!

    • kulittwit

      I also agree with PNoy in further studying the sabah claim and not dropping it.



      • FILIPINOpatriot4ever

        Yeah! there is a proper forum and a proper way to fight for the claim. The legal and peaceful means.

    • Vlad D. Impaler

      WOOF! WOOF! tumataba ka masyado sa dog food ng malacanang.

  • Guest

    The article’s title is misleading or incorrect.

    It should be changed to, “Aquino rating still high despite Sabah issue”

    The Nov 23-29, 2012 survey from Pulse Asia showed Aquino has 78% approval and 80% trust rating.

    So the ratings actually did not went up, but rather, went down significantly.

    It is still high, though.

  • Guest

    The article’s title is misleading or incorrect.

    The title should be changed to, “Aquino rating still high despite Sabah issue”.

    The Nov 23-29, 2012 Pulse Asia survey showed Aquino had an approval rating of 78% and trust rating of 80%.

    So his rating actually went down (significantly), rather than up. It is still high, though.

    Ms Quismundo and Mr Burgonio, please do your research properly.

  • Johnny

    The survey was conducted from Feb. 24 to 28 too old and not up to date…purely rubbish propaganda.

  • loclin

    Ratings actually went down significantly compared to November 2012, which was 78% approval, 80% trust rating.

    • loclin

      Sorry, my bad. It did went up slightly, compared to January 2013.

  • amado_guerero

    This shoudl silence the arse hole even the bayarans here….bwahahahahahahahahaha

  • edleon

    Understandable because many Filipinos believe that Kiram’s act was foolish and marred with politics.

  • Brax82

    boo! bayad…kaya si kris gumawa ng isyu to divert the public’s attention!,,wag na iboto mga aquino! pls lg matuto na tayo!


    70%…^(‘j’)^ ??? …. aaarrrggghhhh……… o1o … TT… … kupal….

  • marionics

    e kaya nga iniignore na lang ang mga pnoy bashers dito e kasi ala naman epekto e. galingan niyo naman kasi. calling someone abnoy kasi e nakakakuha pa ng simpatiya sa kulturang pilipino hahaha

  • lostRunes

    Malacanang communications group up and running. Focus on the positive things about this government they say. Bring ‘em on. The number of dislikes will tell me how many of you are working on this particularly thread.

    1,000 pesos per day ba? Nice..

    Panoorin ko lang sa TV kung gaano nilalangaw ang mga LP rallies natutuwa na ako. Good luck Carandang/Coloma brigades; you have a tough job to do.

  • Dancing Bear

    Ask yourselves this, what if the surveys posted negatively on Aquino? Remember his reaction the first time they did? What was that his spokesman said regarding these surveys? Someone remind me please because I think he dismissed the surveys then as of no significant issue. But when it lauds them they use it till it’s dry. Malacanang has I believe them most successful and efficient media interaction.They practically have them in their pockets. He’s a media darling. Boy wonder can do no wrong. Smiley face.

  • Ngiping Dilaw

    Nilalangaw sa bawat puntahan yan ang katunayan na bagsak na rating as in super bagsak. Paano tataas ang rating ng nilalangaw sa lahat ng puntahan? KUng langaw ang tatanungin aba! SI PNOY! hahahaha!

  • Ngiping Dilaw

    Dahil isinilang akong isang crab, eto pa ang taong sinungaling di gagawa ng magaling. Noong 2010 Presidential election sinabi nina PNOY na wag iboto si Villar dahil corrupt. Noong kalaban nya si Villar corrupt daw si Villar. Ngayon kapartido pa nya sina Villar. Itinataas nya kamay ni C Villar sabay sabing KAMI ANG MATUWID NA DAAN! CORRUPT KA LANG KUNG IKAW AY KALABAN PERO MALINIS KA PAG KALAMPI KA NI PNOY. YUN LANG YON. BAKIT AKO PAUUTO KAY PNOY E PALALAMUNIN LANG DIN SYA NI JUAN DE LA CRUZ. BILYON ANG PORK BARREL NYA! SWELDUHAN SYA NG BAYAN, PERO KUNG UMASTA PARANG BOSS! KUNG MANGGIPIT NG KALABAN WAGAS.

  • ern

    Stop crowing about surveys…leave them for those who use them as guide…it is not a permanent thing.

    • Vlad D. Impaler

      a brainwashing guide

  • Nteng

    And why not. The majority goes on with their life tired of the Sabah issue. And who cares about Sultan Kiram anyway. He just got what he deserved. “Garbage in – garbage out!”
    I support the government’s handling of the Sabah issue. Let the law takes its toll and let’s rake in the money while the economy is hot, and leave the Sultan to his motley sympathizers.

  • noguile

    check out malaysiakini. theres an article there saying the raja muda agbimudin kiram has an IC and is actually already a malaysian? complicated.

  • JohnDoeGB

    Survey was conducted Feb 24 to 28 and yung first statement ni PNoy is Feb 26. Makukuha ba ang effect nun sa tao in just 2 days after sa statement ni PNoy? Syempre hindi! Days or weeks after that when people are already slaughtered in Sabah yun lang narealize ng tao ang kamalian ni PNoy. Kaya maniniwala pa ako sa figures na yan kung nangyari ang survey around second week of March. This is another deception surely encouraged by Malacanang. Friends, be critical of what is fed to you. PNoy and his LP has been very deceptive. Beware!

  • mavtan

    Actually the only people who criticize Pnoy regarding Sabah crisis are the fans of the former pres GMA, the “pala” by other countries who only want to create chaos, and the few supporters of the idiot Kiram. They are so very few so that their numbers are almost negligible compare to those who trust the present administration.

  • calixto909

    The Sabah controversy to a few accused Pnoy as traitor but to the majority like me included, his handling bespeaks of prudence for had he acceded to the demands of these war dogs then perdition should had befallen to our country and its people.

    Let’s vote straight team Pnoy in order to impede the strategy of UNA to derail the fast growth of our economy by the time they have control of the senate.

  • JasonBieber

    Hard to trust these surveys especially when it is not clear who is the real people behind the surveys and it is hazy who they are even taking surveys from.

    It is funny tho how the surveys always get released during bad times under the PNoy Admin. as if to say –see, he’s doing a bad job but people still like him.

    • Johnny

      I noticed that too…timing of the release of these surveys are very fishy.

      • JasonBieber

        If people were smart they’d notice it as well. During tough times…2 things will happen from Malacanang- either GMA will receive another court case/blame/jail time or these surveys will be released.

  • kishbuff

    Walang nakakataka dyan, tama naman ang diskarte nya sa Sabah!!! Mga haters ni Pnoy ang mga critic. Itanong mo pa kay Doronila!!!

  • ruiznelli

    Kakatuwa yung mga comment ng mga YELLOW ZOMBIES dito! Hoy mga BULAG, kelan ba kayo magigising sa INUTIL niyong leader!?

  • kilabot

    that’s what you say.
    in reality, ego is the only thing that’s up for noykapon.

  • Maldi2

    This is classic damage control! LOL! Minsan nyo lang maloko ang mga tao! Not anymore!

  • Edward Reyes

    some filipinos must think,that if they say it enough,that it will somehow become the truth..with nothing to base their claim about the Presidents popularity, they still will print and the paid hacks are still going to comeout and lie,as if people does not have enough logic to see for themselves what really is the truth….
    its really sad,that there are filipinos out here ,that would force themselves to agree and even propagate to a lie,just to belong or to gain something mostly for money or position ….binabayaran kayo para magsinungaling,and that is how,a country gets destroyed….future ng kabataan natin ang winawasak sa harap nyo.,Pera ng bansa natin ang pinaghahati hatian sa harap nyo..buhay ng kapatid nating muslim ang binababoy nya at harap nyo…..tapos,tuloy pa rin kayo sa pangloloko nyo sa sarili nyo…??? remember this….WALANG MASAMA NA NASUSUKLIAN NG MABUTI….WALA ??


    OK!? Now what?

  • Ngiping Dilaw

    Sabi nga mataas pa rin ang rating ni PNOY. DI TOTOO, pero in fairness, fairness daw o, sa dami ng langaw sa Pilipinas aba! talagang no. One si PNOY.

  • Ngiping Dilaw

    Kahit saan pumunta nilalangaw , buti naman di sila nasi zero dahil sa tulong ng mga langaw.

  • Ronnie Santos

    governance is not only sabah and it’s more on pa pogi points and media publicity. it really doesnt matter even the more than 3 years brown-up problem in mindanao is not solved so long as you have a good media publicity to cover that up. after all majority of the public are not wise enought to realize the real score. bravo…..

  • Ngiping Dilaw

    MABABAIT ang langaw dahil pumupunta sa mga campaign rally ni PNOY!

  • disqusted0fu

    It’s not surprising. Surveys could very well be controlled by the Aquino administration as much as they control the media and pretty much the 3 branches of the government. It’s a game of monopoly for them. As long as they take control of the key components, they can continue to trick the public in portraying a good and transparent governance.

  • Dancing Bear

    Wow – I don’t see my post here anymore.

  • disqusted0fu

    If we all remember, PH also had back channel talks with China on the dispute of the Spratlys island courtesy of Sen. Trillanes which was to no avail. Apparently the same thing is happening here.

    It is fascinating how Pnoy is obsessed with back channel talks and especially with road maps. With all the road maps that the Aquino administration has drawn, why is the PH still lost? Maybe they are giving the wrong directions.

    • Vlad D. Impaler

      yung bakla sa malacanang gusto nakatuwad siya. yung ang back channel.

  • Ngiping Dilaw

    Nilalangaw nga kahit saan pumunta sina PNOY kaya bagsak na rating yan ang totoo.

  • Mang Teban

    The fate of Filipinos in Sabah hangs solely on the president. There are two groups holed up there. One is the Filipino migrant workers at risk of being arrested by Malaysian police especially to those who are Tausugs and are suspected to support Philippine claim on Sabah and the royal army of Sultan Kiram III that is the target of the operations to flush it out. Both groups suffer in the hands of the Malaysian government.

    Koko Pimentel is trying to explain that P-Noy does both campaigning and “working” on the Sabah issue. Regardless what the president actually does, he has not done much on the fate of Filipinos in Sabah. Is he waiting until after the May elections? Possibly, yes. Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak is expected to dissolve their parliament soon even before the deadline on June 27th this year. It is really about timing for political mileage and momentum. Razak is trying to catch the Rajah Muda to prove his “political success” for Malaysian voters that he is decisive and capable to flush out “intruders”. In the meantime, our own president is watching at the bleachers waiting for the endgame. Both will be embarrassed if the “intruders in Sabah” remain elusive and turn circles around the Malaysian joint police and military search and destroy operations.

    Team PNoy runs a risk of losing in the Philippine elections if more and more Filipinos in Sabah are deprived of employment because of Malaysia’s all-out manhunt that scares the migrant workers to flee Sabah..,,.more so, with the unlawful detention by Malaysia of our countrymen without fair trial and without legal aid from the Philippine consulate. Well, our DFA secreatary is simply biting its fingers and hoping the Rajah Muda is caught. President Aquino has to skip the Vatican trip because every day counts. His campaign appearances are but a therapy for him and a ploy to show “grace under pressure.” But, the facade is waning and the Pulse Asia survey is a cosmetic sponge to boost the morale and cover up the reddening face of the president. Such a dangerous way to play poker; stubborn not to talk directly to Sultan Jamalul Kiram III who just might recall his royal army if the president would only promise safe passage from Sabah and an official declaration from Malacanang to resolve the conflict via dialogue with Malaysia.

    See, who blinks first. My guess is Razak. He would have to let the royal army leave Sabah and promise to discuss the Sabah claim in the future lest his party loses heavily in the forthcoming parliamentary elections in Malaysia. i have faith that there are still a lot of Malaysians with wisdom to go for peace and urge their prime minister to withdraw the security forces and promise the Filipinos to a dialogue. Violence begets more violence. My wish though comes with joint prayers from both the Christians and Muslims in their respective places of worship to our one God or Allah.

  • Mr. Skeptic

    Who believes these paid surveys anyway? If I commission a survey and the results are not to my liking, would I pay for it? Of course not. That’s why these survey firms will twist the results to suit the needs of their paying clients, because only a fool will pay a survey firm to show results that are not in his/her favor.

    These survey firms are nothing but organized scams anyway. I’d rather believe in the existence of the Loch Ness monster and the abominable snowman before I believe in these paid surveys. Especially if done by Filipinos.

  • 2rey3

    Baka walang taga Mindanao na mga respondents! Kung di man malaki ang epekto ng Sabah at least meyron. Sobra namang False oo!

  • BURADOR—Phil. Voice

    NO DOUBT about it——AQUINOs HANDLING of SABAH is HIGHLY CIVILIZE that PROTECT the PEACE DEAL with Bangsamoro and relation with Malaysia INTACT—-

  • Ngiping Dilaw

    Di na kayang pigilan ang pagbulusok ng rating ni PNOY.

  • Maldi2

    Guess the ComsOp of Panot is really good at hiding the real situation
    of their governance. Read today’s editorial at Philstar where Panot’s so called untainted DPWH were found by COA to have overpriced one of their project in the amount of 154.99 Million Pesos!

    Daang matuwid sa inyong mga mata huh!

  • delpillar

    Kung totoo ang survey, malamang marami pa ring sumusuporta kay Pinoy hindi dahil sa gumagawa sya ng excellent performance.

    Many analysts agreed that they like Pnoy for doing NOTHING GOOD and NOTHING BAD.

    The Philippines is in AUTO-PILOT MODE. There is no captain or pilot or even co-pilot running the Philippines, specially the economy.

    All the infrastructures, TPP-like projects, like highways, expressways, MRT, CDO International Airports, Iloilo internation Airport, Bacolod, Legaspi International Airport, Flyovers, Bridges are projects and momentum of the past administrations.

    The presence of Pnoy and toggle the switch of running the whole country from manual to AUTO-PILOT mode is the BEST work PNOY have done so far.


    Can’t help myself but laugh!
    Hahahaahhahahahahahahaha! Surveys? Hahahahahahahaha!

  • kaddy

    Mindanao peace saboteurs may have lost this round, but let see what”s next. But in pursuing Sabah, do not use the Moro people again. Pursue it as a national agenda with no Moros involved.

  • Brax82

    Yep dami pa rin nauuto ng survey naginawa sa Malaysia… Good Job!

  • philip hernaez

    khit sa survey…may bayaran pa rin!

  • bright

    something is wrong with the survey then.. if the survey is accurate, something is wrong with the Filipino people..

    Aquino’s rating should plunge base on how he has acted on the Sabah issue…

  • maris2013

    the survey does not say anything about the true people’s sentiment these days. as the news itself says, it was conducted late February. the Sabah issue fully exploded early March. down with the Judases in Malacanang! Bawiin ang Sabah!



    • Brax82

      K. Ndi ata pantay yung bayong mo sa ulo, paayos nalang.

  • Constantine

    Simple lang naman kasi. Sino ba ang may kasalanan sa pagpunta ng rag tag team ni Kiram sa Sabah at manggulo? Hindi naman si Pres PNoy e. Si Kiram sampu ng mga conspirators niya ang nagplano lang nun. E di palpak! So tama si Pres PNoy. Tumpak ang mga desisyon ni PNoy! Walang kaduda duda!

  • m1600

    ilan ba ang inenterview jan 1000? eh 95 million ang pilipino tapos sasabihin na yan ang representation ng buong pilipinas tanga lang ang naniniwala sa survey..

  • nakatutok

    FALSE ASIA to the rescue…

  • Deanmartinstyle

    Pulse Asia ” Sir sinong gusto mong president ci Pnoy o si Kiram? answer ” a e c Pnoy n lang” Pulse Asia ” yehey see c Pnoy pa rin ang gusto ng Tao” hahahahaha.

  • AlexanderAmproz

    No doubt, P-Noy is not only excellent,
    but probably the best President the country ever had !

  • PlumberfromCanada


  • Guest

    See. Binayaran pala yung mga Royal Army ni Sultan Kiram para maghasik ng
    gulo sa Sabah. Sino nagbayad? Si Kiram, Saycon, Ramon or Gonzales?

  • Placido_Penitente

    Maiingay at nakaririndi ang mga batikos sa paraan ng paghawak ni PNOy sa isyu ng Sabah. Pero naniniwala ako na nananatiling tahimik at panatag ang higit na nakararaming Pilipino na naniniwalang tama ang paraan ng paghawak ni PNOY sa isyu ng Sabah. Hindi nakapagpasiklab sa damdaming makabayan ng higit na nakararaming Pilipino ang paglusob sa Sabah ng mga tauhan ni Kiram dahil para sa maraming Pilipino, hindi tama ang ginawa ni Kiram, mali ang kanyang mapusok na pamamaraan. At nasa isipan din ng maraming Pilipino ang tanong: Ano ba ang Sabah? Pilipinas ba ang makikinabang diyan o si Kiram? Sa madaling-salita, walang talab ang isyu ng Sabah sa higit na nakararaming Pilipino. Kung mayroon, nag-people power na sana. Kung mayroon, may lumusob na sanang 10,000 Tausug sa Sabah gaya ng pantasya ni Misuari. Kung mayroon, nakadapa na sana si PNOY at ang kanyang mga kandidato sa senado. Kung mayroon…pero wala.

  • JasonBieber

    These rating don’t mean much because they are probably only speaking to and taknig data from the PNoy fan club so of course they will support their guy.

    But the reality is, he has done a very poor job with the Sabah issue and other issues for that matter like education, unemployment, China, PNP, natural disaster victims, and the poor.

  • ShibumiNinja

    ratings were done before Sabah…

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