The latest results of the nationwide Pulse Asia survey indicated that President Noynoy Aquino’s approval rating dipped from 75 percent last March down to 71 percent in May.
In the same survey, it was noted that Vice President Jejomar Binay is presently the most trusted government official in the Philippines with 83 percent approval rating.
The ratings, says Presidential sister Kris Aquino, are not—in any way— dampening the spirits of PNoy.
The host-actress remarks, "Statistically daw, the 71 percent approval rating is still very high. I mean, it’s 7 out of 10 Filipinos still like you."
Despite the report’s negative implications, she says that the Aquino family, especially her brother, remain unfazed.
But, of course, they recognize the fact that something has to be done. And this had Kris and her sisters discussing how they can help to improve PNoy’s public image.
"I think na, sinabi ko sa mga sisters ko din, na his weakness is that he does not self-promote," relates the Kapamilya star.
She cites Vice President Binay’s text messaging service as an inspiration. The service sends daily text messages to mobile phone users giving them updates on the VP’s latest works and accomplishments.
"Yung may text blast araw-araw si Vice President Binay about his achievements, lahat tayo nakakatanggap no’n. And you spend for that, di ba? Meron kang pondo for that."
"So sinabi ko sa mga kapatid ko, ’My God! Mag-ipon na tayo para may pondo din tayo.’"
HILLARY CLINTON LAUDS PNOY. The local media and press can only cover so much. Off camera, Kris says a lot of things have been happening.
"Kasi, like yung praise na nakukuha ni PNoy na nanggaling kay Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Ako, super proud dun. Kasi bongga talaga dahil America ang pumupuri sa atin about human trafficking."
In a span of one year, the Aquino administration had attained achievements that she believes people should be proud of. However, these achievements are not highly publicized unlike the other issues.
"Kasi, we tend to forget na bumagsak nang bongga ang standing natin in the international community in the past administration because we were riddled with accusations of corruption sa drugs. ’Di ba, parang naging daanan daw tayo ng [drug mules]?"
Kris proudly shares the text message she got from her sister Ballsy Aquino-Cruz about the statement of Sec. Clinton on human trafficking:
"Look at what the Philippines have done in a change of administration. The Philippines probably export more people of their citizenry than nearly any other country in the world."
"They go all over the world to work in many different settings. And until the new administration of President Aquino, we didn’t really have the level of commitment we were seeking. We do now, and we see a sea change of difference."
Reading another text message, she resumes, "Congratulate the president. Secretary Hilary Clinton said just now on CNN lauded the Aquino government’s efforts to stop human trafficking."
"The U.S. reports and Sec. Hilary made special mention that the drastic change in policies in human trafficking happened only when the Aquino administration came in."
Further elaborating on the text messages, she explains, "Ang ibig sabihin niyan daw, yung mga papeles nung mga nagtatrabaho abroad malinis na. And then, yung by human trafficking also, minsan daw kasi ginagamit yung Philippines as parang, yung iba, yung mga drugs na nanggaling sa mga African [drug dens] dinadaan dito."
"Tapos may mga drug mule na dito nanggagaling. So ngayon daw, in fairness sa current administration, sinasabi na na-lessen yan."
"Tapos, yung mga prostitutes dati, dito daw pinapadaan para makapunta doon. Tapos sinasabi ng America na ngayon naramdaman nila na na-lessen ng bongga."
The Queen of All Media obviously can’t hide her elation over her brother’s efforts that were noticed by the prominent U.S. politician.
"Parang when you get that feeling na at least may effort na na-reward naman. I don’t feel bad because you’re coming from near zero. So yung from near zero to where you are now malaki na ’yon."
"And of course, I understand the level of impatience and siyempre, di ba, from a very human point of view," Kris quips.
KRIS’S RATING FOR PNOY. And how would she would rate her own brother?
Her reply, "I cannot rate him kasi, obviously, I’ll be very biased. And if I give him anything below a ten, napakasama kong kapatid."
But if there’s one more thing she’s proud about her kuya, it’s "the conscientiousness about not wasting people’s money."
She relates one instance that happened in Malacañang, "Nakakatuwa talaga...Kasi, like nung nakitira yung kids ko [sa kanya], para hindi sagot yung pamalengke sa kanila [Malacañang budget], pinapabilhan niya ng food.
"[Tapos] kasi yung banyo nung ini-stayan nila, yung tiles may nalaglag. Buti hindi nga nalaglagan si Josh. Tapos sinabi ni Noy na singilin sa kanya yung pag-re-retile. Yung ganon.
"Parang at least, natutuwa ako na nakaapak pa rin siya talaga sa lupa at hindi niya ina-abuse yung trust na binigay ng tao."