Justice Secretary Leila de Lima notched the highest performance rating among 17 Cabinet members and other government officials while embattled Ombudsman Merceditas Gutierrez got the lowest score, a recent Pulse Asia survey said.
The results of the survey, conducted from Feb. 24 to March 6, 2011, among 1,200 respondents nationwide and posted on Pulse Asia website on April 26, showed De Lima as the most popular Cabinet member, garnering a 61-percent approval rating.
Her rating has increased from 60 percent in an October 2010 Pulse Asia survey.
On the other hand, Gutierrez, who got 25 percent, had the lowest rating among the 17 officials. Her approval ratings dipped by six percentage points from 31 percent in October 2010.
Gutierrez’s disapproval ratings also increased from 23 percent to 40 percent.
De Lima displaced Social Welfare Secretary Corazon “Dinky" Soliman who now ranks second with a 59 percent approval rating.
Soliman topped Pulse Asia’s October 2010 survey with a 65 percent approval rating.
Meanwhile, presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda and Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Cayetano Paderanga Jr. were tied in the third place with 43 percent.
Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa Jr., tied in fourth place with Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Raul Bacalzo, got the most improved rating, jumping from 33 percent in October 2011 to 39 percent.
Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo ranked fifth, going up from 36 percent to 38 percent.
Tied with Robredo in fifth spot is former Armed Forces chief Ricardo David Jr., whose approval ratings dropped from 42 percent to 38 percent. His disapproval ratings also grew from 11 percent to 20 percent.
Other officials in the survey were:Public Works Secretary Rogelio Singson (37 percent)
Budget Secretary Florencio Abad (37 percent)
Presidential Management Staff chief Julia Abad (37)
Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima (37)
Trade Secretary Gregory Domingo (36)
Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning Secretary Ramon Carandang (36)
Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin (34)
Presidential Communications Operations Secretary Herminio Coloma (31)Gutierrez impeachment
Gutierrez had been put on the spotlight after she was accused of sitting on cases of graft corruption involving high government officials during the watch of former President Gloria Mcapagal Arroyo.
The Pulse Asia survey showing a growing disapproval rating for Gutierrez among the respondents were conducted weeks before the House of Representatives impeached her.
Early on March 22, the House of Representatives approved the articles of impeachment against the Ombudsman.
The six allegations against Gutierrez, which constitute the articles of impeachment, are:(1) the Office of the Ombudsman has performed dismally as shown by the low conviction rate achieved by the office;
(2) the unreasonable failure to take prompt and immediate action on complaints filed against various public officials, including former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and (husband) Jose Miguel Arroyo regarding the NBN-ZTE broadband project;
(3) the inexcusable delay of the Ombudsman in conducting and concluding its investigation into the wrongful death of Ensign Philip Andrew Pestaño aboard a Philippine navy vessel;
(4) inaction in the matter of the Fertilizer Fund Scam;
(5) inaction in the matter of the Mega Pacific deal; and
(6) inaction in the matter of the “Euro Generals" issueGutierrez's impeachment trial is set to begin on May 9, with senators (sitting as judges) will resume their session. — Emmanuel Louis Bacani/LBG/KBK, GMA News
Reposted From Emmanuel Louis Bacani of GMA News.TV