Following the slight decrease in his approval and trust ratings, President Benigno Simeon “Noynoy” Aquino III could not help but admit on Monday that the August 23 hostage taking in Manila may have contributed to the result of the ratings.
Earlier in the day, a Pulse Asia survey was released showing Aquino’s approval rating went down to 79 percent from 88 percent in July. In addition to that, his trust rating also went down from 85 percent to 80 percent.
In an interview right after his return from Japan, Aquino said that the hostage crisis near the Quirino Grandstand, may have put a dent in his approval rating.
“Nagkaroon naman tayo talaga ng mga pagsubok dito sa ating pamamalakad, expected naman yun (We did have challenges in our governance, that is expected),” he said.
When asked what he thought affected his ratings the most, Aquino answered, “Nandito na siguro yung ’yung Quirino Grandstand na ‘yon. I don’t think the same can be said naman of how we handled the typhoon.”
Aquino did not mention in his first 100 days report last month, the hostage crisis at all.
Meanwhile, Aquino said he was still pleased because there are people who believe in his administration.
“Talagang nakakapuno naman po ng puso na mas maraming nakakakita na meron tayong mga positibong hakbang na ginagawa na ikabubuti ng nakakarami,” he said.
(It’s very heartwarming to know that the majority see that we are taking positive steps for the good of the public.)
“I will work even more to ensure that that number gets better not because I’m chasing numbers but rather I think I’ve just been given new directions by my boss that what I am doing is on the right track and therefore we should accelerate the process,” added Aquino.