On the big drop in Aquino’s SWS survey rating
The significant drop occurred without a major scandal rocking the Aquino government. Politicking for the 2016 elections has only reminded people of what Aquino promised during the 2010 elections and how these promises remain unfulfilled on the eve of another election.
Presidentiable Mar Roxas’ constant invocation of “daang matuwid,” as if this could deliver votes for him, could only force Filipinos to ask whether they are better off now than they were five years ago. The SWS survey shows that for many Filipinos, the answer is a resounding “no.”
Amidst widespread joblessness and landlessness, Filipinos know that life has only worsened and the economy hasn’t improved after five years. The heavy traffic and the legion of homeless in Metro Manila further confirm for many people the dismal state of the country’s economy.
Filipinos are waking up to the realization that Aquino served up only spectacles during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit in the country last November. They know that Aquino was not able to present actual proof, or even the prospect, of genuine economic growth under his term.
Aquino would surely respond to this survey and to Filipinos’ growing anger at him with more lies. He would only show how he depended on lying to get himself elected and to maintain himself in power.
The December 2015 SWS survey is another indication that Aquino will end his term in infamy. Calls to make him accountable for his grave crimes to the Filipino workers and people are bound to become louder.