'YOLANDA' FAILS TO PULL DOWN NOY'S RATINGS -SWS

DECEMBER 28 -Public satisfaction with President Aquino remained unchanged in the last quarter despite criticisms on the way his government responded to Super Typhoon Yolanda and other calamities that hit the country this year, a recent survey by the Social Weather Stations (SWS) showed. The SWS survey found 69 percent of Filipinos satisfied with the President’s performance while 21 percent were dissatisfied, giving him a net satisfaction score of 49 (“good”). Results of the SWS Fourth Quarter poll were published in the newspaper.

ALSO: ‘Yolanda’ death toll surpasses 6,000 mark/Gov't appeals for patience in identifying typhoon victims 

The death toll from Supertyphoon “Yolanda” has risen to 6,155, a report from the National Risk Reduction and Management Council said. As of 6 a.m. this Sunday, the NDRMMC reported 28, 626 people were injured and 1,785 listed still missing in the aftermath of Yolanda that struck the country last November 8. The council reported a total of P36,690,882,497.27 in damage with P18,336,576,627.39 from infrastructure damages and P18,354,305,869.88 from the agriculture sector.

ALSO: Killing sprees up; More fear in the Philippines

Due to the crimes committed being left unpunished, despite the billions being spent by the Department of Tourism in its propaganda of “It’s more fun in the Philippines” that is fast being replaced with the slogan of “It’s more fear in the Philippines,” has put the pressure on the Justice Department to find the killers of the Zamboanga del Sur mayor and his wife and nephew. With pressure from Aquino, the National Bureau of Investigation and the Philippine National Police claimed that they have already identified the killers to ease the presidential pressure.

ALSO: 4.3 quake jolts Bohol

A 4.3 earthquake shook Bohol Island at 4:21 p.m. Sunday, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology said.The inland quake struck 59 kilometers northeast of the capital Tagbilaran City at a shallow depth of seven kilometers. Earlier at 3:06 p.m., Catbalogan City in Samar province was hit by a 2.4 magnitude quake. There were no immediate reports of damage or injury. The Bohol tremor was felt at Intensity IV in Mandaue City.


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Yolanda fails to pull down Noy ratings – SWS

MANILA, DECEMBER 30, 2013 (PHILSTAR) By Helen Flores - Public satisfaction with President Aquino remained unchanged in the last quarter despite criticisms on the way his government responded to Super Typhoon Yolanda and other calamities that hit the country this year, a recent survey by the Social Weather Stations (SWS) showed.

The SWS survey found 69 percent of Filipinos satisfied with the President’s performance while 21 percent were dissatisfied, giving him a net satisfaction score of 49 (“good”).

Results of the SWS Fourth Quarter poll were published in the newspaper BusinessWorld yesterday.

However, the SWS recorded a two-point increase in the number of Filipinos who claimed they were dissatisfied with Aquino’s work, from 19 percent in September to 21 percent now.

But applying the survey’s sampling error margins of plus or minus three percentage points for national and plus or minus six percentage points for area percentages, Aquino’s net rating remained at 49.

Aquino recorded a “very good” 62 during his first year in office.

Aquino’s scores improved in all areas except in Metro Manila.

In the Visayas, which was devastated by Yolanda last Nov. 8, the President’s net score rose to a “very good” 50 from September’s “good” 48.

It went up by two points to “very good” 54 in balance Luzon, and up by a point in Mindanao at 53.

However, in Metro Manila the President’s net rating plunged to a “moderate” 22 from the “good” 38 three months earlier.

Satisfaction with the President‘s performance in rural areas rose by six points to 58 but remained in “very good” territory.

In urban areas, his satisfaction score dropped by five points to 42 (“good”).

By socio-economic class, Aquino’s net ratings stayed “very good” at 68 among the ABC, up by 13 points. It also increased by 18 points to a “very good” 57 among class E, from September’s “good” 39.

But it fell among the D or masa to a merely “good” 45 from September’s “very good” 52.

Aquino’s net score was unchanged at a “very good” 50 among women and remained “good” at 47 among men.

The SWS poll was conducted from Dec. 11 to 16, using face-to-face interviews with 1,550 Filipino adults nationwide.

The survey research institution classifies net satisfaction scores of 70 and above as “excellent”; 50 to 69, “very good”; 30 to 49, “good”; 10 to 29, “moderate”, 9 to -9, “neutral”; -10 to -29, “poor”; -30 to -49, “bad”; -50 to -69, “very bad”; and -70 and below, “execrable.”

Best proof

Malacañang is elated with the latest SWS survey, saying most Filipinos know how to discern facts from spin.

“This means the momentum of inclusive growth and change will continue unabated as we enter the final stretch of the President’s term,” presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda said in a statement.

Results of the fourth quarter survey for 2013, according to him, only showed one “evident” fact: “The Filipino people continue to stand shoulder to shoulder with the Aquino administration.”

“These results serve as a reassurance: The Filipino people, who he has constantly referred to as his strength, continue to stand behind him. They believe in his leadership, founded on efficiency, firmness, and foresight,” he said.

The latest figure obviously runs counter to what detractors have been bragging about all along.

“In lieu of the usual naysayers trying to promote the impression that there is a general dissatisfaction among the Filipino people, the survey shows that an overwhelming majority in balance Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao, as well as a healthy majority in Metro Manila, are solidly with the President,” Lacierda said. “The administration will continue working overtime to propel our country along the path to recovery and, ultimately, to unprecedented prosperity. Surely, with the belief and the participation of the Filipino people, we cannot fail,” he added.

For his part, Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. of the Presidential Communications Operations Office said President Aquino remains focused.

The President and the members of his Cabinet are determined to pursue and complete the priority programs of the Philippine Development Plan, regardless of survey results, he said.

“As the President emphasizes, we will do right by our people and endeavor to fulfill their aspirations for a better future,” he said. – With Delon Porcalla

FROM THE INQUIRER

‘Yolanda’ death toll surpasses 6,000 mark By Bong Lozada NQUIRER.net 2:19 pm | Sunday, December 29th, 2013


MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—The death toll from Supertyphoon “Yolanda” has risen to 6,155, a report from the National Risk Reduction and Management Council said.

As of 6 a.m. this Sunday, the NDRMMC reported 28, 626 people were injured and 1,785 listed still missing in the aftermath of Yolanda that struck the country last November 8.

The council reported a total of P36,690,882,497.27 in damage with P18,336,576,627.39 from infrastructure damages and P18,354,305,869.88 from the agriculture sector.

Gov't appeals for patience in identifying typhoon victims By Xinhua (philstar.com) | Updated December 29, 2013 - 8:14pm 0 1 googleplus0 0

MANILA, Philippines -- The Philippine government asked the public for patience on Sunday saying it takes time for authorities to identify the bodies placed in mass graves in the Visayas region in the aftermath of super typhoon Yolanda.

Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. made the statement amid reported complaints by residents in Tacloban City in central province of Leyte, one of the worst hit areas, that some 1,000 bodies are rotting in the city alone and may pose a health hazard.

"It might take some time (to identify the cadavers) because of the huge number of those who perished," he said over a state-run radio station.

He said that the primary interest of the government is to ensure the health and safety of the public.

Coloma explained that the Aquino government has a system in place to process and identify the remains of those who were killed from the typhoon, citing that the health and interior departments and the local government are implementing this system.

Latest death toll from Yolanda, which struck the country on Nov. 8, rose to 6,155 while those who remain missing climbed to 1,785.

FROM THE DAILY TRIBUNE

Killing sprees up; More fear in the Philippines Written by Charlie V. Manalo Tuesday, 24 December 2013 00:00

One can’t possibly have more fun in the Philippines with the crime rate up, showing a clear breakdown in law and order under the Aquino administration, that has been known to have too many unresolved cases of murders.

Worse, even international airports are no longer safe for anyone leaving or entering the country, as evidenced by the murder of Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur Mayor Ukol Talumpa, his wife and a nephew, along with baby who was also shot dead, while the mother and grandmother were all injured, merely for being in the arrival area, even as they were not in the mayor’s party.

Perhaps the killings could not have been prevented, but it would have been a great help to the authorities to at least find out who the killers are, and who hired them had there been at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3 closed circuit cameras (CCTV) installed. which would have been made easier for the police to identify the suspects.

There was also that near fatal shooting of lawyer Raymond Fortun’s wife. She narrowly escaped death, and this shooting came about as she was getting into her residence.

How can anyone feel safe, even at home, when motorcycle riding gunmen just go into a killing spree, not caring who gets killed?

On the airport front, one wonders why a premiere airport is not equipped with CCTV cameras at the arrival area, or even in the departure area.

It was learned by the Tribune that CCTV cameras were never installed in Manila airports despite then transport and communications secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas saying even then that airports will be installed with CCTVs. Everything appears to be propaganda and press releases that are never fulfilled.

What should be asked, after knowing that the DoTC and the airport authority never bothered to equip the airports with CCTVs all this time since the airport terminal 3 was opened by the government after forcibly taking charge of it from the Piatco consortium, considering that the Aquino government has been collecting airport fees year after year.

Surely, equipping CCTV cameras even all over the airport and its premises can’t take that much of a bite from the airport terminal fees being charged by the airport authority. Yet even in this, government takes no safety measures for arriving and departing passengers.

One reason given by the government on the lack of CCTV cameras was that the contractor, Takaneka, failed to install the CCTV cameras, but airport sources told the Tribune that the contractor left the job as government has not been paying his fees.

And yet, wasn’t it the current DoTC secretary who promised earlier that the NAIA-3 will be fully operational by the end of this year, 2013? What happened to this promise too?

Also, going through the Manila Airport Authority’s financial statements, it is clear that while the airport authorities cannot even install CCTVs for the safety of the passengers, they have been paying a huge amount of money for legal fees to settle the issue of just compensation for the owners of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3.

Sources told the Tribune that government officials involved in the legal tussle with Piatco, which had already won its case in the appellate court, but which is still being appealed by the Aquino government before the Supreme Court, want the case to go on, as apparently, some officials get their kickbacks from these legal fees in commission and payments to lawyers.

Piatco lost its case in the Pasay Regional Trial Court, whose judge was alleged to have asked Piatco for a $10 million for him to rule in favor of Piatco, and completely ignored the just compensation figure from the SC-mandated board to appraise the just compensation, which the judge was supposed to accept.

The Judge did his own appraisal and favored the government side, as the Judge, before the Tribune expose, was apparently offered by a government official that he would be appointed as an appellate court justice, with the favorable ruling. The expose killed that dream of the judge.

The Court of Appeals junked the Pasay RTC’s ruling and ruled in favor of Piatco.

Now, President Aquino faced with the prospect of the Philippines being known the world over as a virtual no-man’s land.

Due to the crimes committed being left unpunished, despite the billions being spent by the Department of Tourism in its propaganda of “It’s more fun in the Philippines” that is fast being replaced with the slogan of “It’s more fear in the Philippines,” has put the pressure on the Justice Department to find the killers of the Zamboanga del Sur mayor and his wife and nephew.

With pressure from Aquino, the National Bureau of Investigation and the Philippine National Police claimed that they have already identified the killers to ease the presidential pressure.

FROM THE INQUIRER

4.3 quake jolts Bohol INQUIRER.net 4:32 pm | Sunday, December 29th, 2013

MANILA, Philippines—A 4.3 earthquake shook Bohol Island at 4:21 p.m. Sunday, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology said.

The inland quake struck 59 kilometers northeast of the capital Tagbilaran City at a shallow depth of seven kilometers.

Earlier at 3:06 p.m., Catbalogan City in Samar province was hit by a 2.4 magnitude quake.

There were no immediate reports of damage or injury.

The Bohol tremor was felt at Intensity IV in Mandaue City.

On October 15, a 7.1-magnitude quake struck underneath Bohol and flattened homes, schools, clinics and other vital infrastructure killing more than 220 people on the resort island and the nearby Cebu.

The Philippines sits on the Pacific “Ring of Fire” where continental plates collide causing frequent seismic and volcanic activity.


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