President of the Senate, Juan Miguel “Migz” F. Zubiri (Bibo Nova España/Senado PRIB)

MANILA, Philippines — Senate Majority Leader Joel Villanueva believes that Senate President Juan Miguel Zubiri’s high approval and confidence ratings “reflect the people’s confidence in the Senate.”

From 49 percent in December 2023, Zubiri's performance rating rose to 52 percent in the March 6-10 Pulse Asia survey, while his trust rating increased from 51 percent to 53 percent during the same period.

Villanueva also attributed the improvement in Zubiri’s ratings to the latter’s “firm and sober leadership of the Senate.”

“Because of this, the president of the Senate enjoys not only the trust of our people, but also [also] the confidence of the members of the Senate,” the majority leader said in a statement Wednesday.

“The Pulse Asia survey is very revealing, as the results give us an idea of ​​who our people trust among our leaders, who our constituents believe to be truly credible,” he added.

Of the senior national officials covered by the survey, only Zubiri recorded increases in both performance and trust ratings.

President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. and Vice President Sara Duterte's ratings declined in the March 2024 poll.

From 68 percent in December 2023, Marcos's performance rating dropped to 55 percent in the March 2024 poll, and his trust rating dropped from 73 to 57 percent.

Duterte's performance rating, on the other hand, decreased from 74% to 67%, while his trust rating fell from 78% to 71%.

Villanueva also linked the results of the latest survey to the controversial Charter change initiative.

According to the majority leader, the timing of the survey “validates the approach that the Senate has adopted on different issues, especially the change in the Charter”.

“Despite the politically charged and sometimes bitter discussions over constitutional amendments, Senate President Zubiri has led the way by consistently following the right path, and we believe the Filipino people appreciate that,” Villanueva highlighted.

Zubiri himself led the presentation of a measure, proposing changes to specific economic provisions of the 1987 Constitution.

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The measure remains pending in the Senate's subcommittee on constitutional amendments, while the Chamber of Deputies has already approved the counterpart measure.