Palace won't be distracted by opinion surveys -- Ermita
Manila (13 November) -- Executive Secretary Eduardo Ermita said yesterday Malacaņang is firmly focused on carrying out its programs and projects to improve the lives of Filipinos and will not be distracted by opinion surveys.
Ermita, who is also presidential spokesman, was reacting to the Pulse Asia survey conducted last Oct. 14-27 showing President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo's public approval rating at 27 percent and public trust rating at 24 percent.
"Surveys are surveys. We just focus on undertaking specific programs and projects to improve the quality of life of our people," he said.
Ermita said no amount of survey could divert the President's attention from pressing issues such as the economy and ensuring that Filipinos have food on the table despite the dire prospects of a global recession next year.
The government has no time to waste on surveys, he added.
Ermita pointed out that no world leader, no matter how popular, was never criticized by his or her constituents at one time or another.
"I always say that leaders are not meant to be popular. They are meant to be leaders to undertake things that they think are good for the governed," the Executive Secretary said. (PIA-MMIO) [top]