Lessons on leaders’ popularity applies to PNoy

DESPITE the soaring cost of living, Aquino administration has bounced back from a plunging satisfaction rating, obtaining a “very good” grade in the latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey.

Of the 1,200 respondents polled by SWS on Sept. 4-7,  68 percent said they were satisfied, 19 percent said they were neither satisfied or dissatisfied, and 12 percent said they were dissatisfied with Aquino administration’s general performance, for a net satisfaction rating of +56.

Net satisfaction is the difference between the percentages of the satisfied and the dissatisfied.

The latest net satisfaction rating is an improvement over the “good’’ +45 and +46 scores recorded in June and March which is lower than the high of +64 seen during PNoy’s first months in office in September and November last year.

Asked for his reaction on latest SWS survey, PNoy said in Filipino: Salamat po sa inyong lahat! The President attributed his administration’s high net satisfaction rating to good performance of his Cabinet men and other members of his official family.

To me, the results of the survey means PNoy’s achievements (restoration of public trust in government and filing cases against and prosecuting corrupt public officials) after one-and-a-half years of his administration match his campaign promises.

But poll surveys have hidden messages which Mr. Aquino or his administration should not take lightly.

America, number one economic and military ally of the Philippines does not want a popular President for the country because he would be difficult to manage or manipulated. Logically, this could be the reason the CIA allowed the late Senator Benigno  Aquino, Jr. to be assassinated in order to bar him from succeeding the late President Ferdinand E. Marcos in the presidency.

People who instigated the uprising to oust the popular President Joseph Estrada from the presidency during EDSA II were known American business Filipino partners and agents.

Another popular Filipino leader who was killed in a plane crash was the late President Ramon Magsaysay.

The cause of the crash was never investigated.


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