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Aquino's trust ratings fall due to 'economic mismanagement'
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino III's mismanagement of the economy caused his trust and approval ratings to slip, various opposition legislators said on Wednesday.
"We are leaderless, so to speak," Negros Occidental Representative Ignacio "Iggy" Arroyo said, referring to the recent Pulse Asia survey that showed Aquino's ratings fell.
Arroyo is the brother-in-law of Aquino's predecessor, former President and now Pampanga Representative Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.
For her part, Zambales Representative Mitos Magsaysay, a member of the House opposition bloc, the recent survey only confirms that his administration has not done anything concrete that will make the lives of the Filipinos better.
"President Aquino was too focused on politicking and hitting back at his detractors and political enemies that he forgot to govern. He has not curbed rising prices, address the concerns of the business sector, promote job generation curb hunger and poverty, establish a road map we can all work on and failed to fulfill his promises especially the 'daang matuwid' as he continues to coddle with the wrongdoings of his allies and subordinates," she said in a text message.
Magsaysay specifically cited the failure of the conditional cash transfer (CCT) program of the government under the Department of Social Welfare and Development.
She stressed that the CCT program, which gives poor parents cash in exchange for keeping their kids in school, has failed to curb poverty.
For his part, Bayan Muna Representative Teddy Casiño said that Aquino's ratings continue to drop because his economic policies are anti-poor.
The progressive lawmaker added that his approval and performance ratings will continue to decline if the Philippine Development Plan (PDP) 2011 to 2016 is not reversed.
"This is a problematic development plan, because firstly, it does not offer anything new in terms of strategies for more genuinely inclusive economic growth. Second, it is more concerned about a stable and profitable environment for business, especially for foreign investors, than strategic Filipino-oriented development or ensuring the well-being of the people," he said.
"Third, the plan further relinquishes government responsibility to provide essential public goods and social services. Fourth, it uses CCTs as income boosting window dressing to cover up how millions of Filipinos have been marginalized by globalization policies. Fifth, it exaggerates the benefits from infrastructure projects and diverts from more meaningful but politically more difficult socioeconomic reforms needed. Sixth, the plan's intensified privatization of health, education and housing will make these available only to those who can afford them. Lastly, it seeks to increase taxes paid by the poor while avoids taxing the rich," explained the lawmaker," Casiño added.
The party-list lawmaker said if President Aquino wishes to improve his approval rating, he would have to toughen up and reverse the PDP. (Kathrina Alvarez/Sunnex)