Pimentel on jump in trust ratings: Credit goes to entire Senate

MANILA-- Senate Pres. Aquilino Pimentel III has welcomed the 7 percent rise in his approval ratings noting that credit goes not just to himself but the entire Senate.

Pulse Asia's June 2017 Nationwide Survey on the Performance and Trust Ratings released Monday showed that Pimentel got a 62 percent approval rating or a 7 percent increase from the 55 percent he received in March.

Pimentel's trust rating also improved to 58 percent, higher than the 55 percent he received in the previous survey.

The Pulse Asia survey was conducted from June 24 to 29, 2017 using face to face interviews of 1,200 respondents all over the country, with a 3 percent margin of error at the 95 percent confidence level.

"I am glad that 62 percent approve of my work as Senate President," Pimentel said in a press statement noting that he does not even have a professional PR team.

"Since I was rated on my performance as Senate President, the credit must go to the entire Senate, the majority and the minority included," he added.

Pimentel said that credit should also be given to the media for "bringing to the public's attention" Senate-related reports.

The Senate, as an institution, also registered an increase in its approval rating with 59 percent of respondents approving of the Senate's work, compared to 55 percent in March.

Pimentel has served as Senate President for almost a year, which is also the Senate's Centennial Year.

Once the Senate opens its second regular session on July 24, it is expected to tackle the Comprehensive Tax Reform Package proposed by the Department of Finance and the shift to federalism among other key measures.

Source: Philippine News Agency