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07/18/2008 | 12:42 PM

MANILA, Philippines - A ranking Malacañang official on Friday said the latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey showing a dive in President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo’s net satisfaction rating was not surprising.

Presidential Management Staff chief Cerge Remonde said President Arroyo's -38 net satisfaction rating may have been the result of the rising rice and fuel prices in the country, which he said should not be blamed on the government.

Still, the official said Malacañang sees the survey result as a challenge to improve public service and disseminate information on projects like microfinancing.

"The result is obviously due to the problems confronting the country brought about by the global food and energy crises. The President is paying a high price for making the right decisions on very unpopular issues such as the Evat (expanded value-added tax)," Remonde said.

"We consider it as a continuing challenge," he added.

Remonde also said such an assessment of Mrs Arroyo is "unfair," saying it is "never easy" being the country's Chief Executive.

"(W)hile the President is sensitive to public opinion, she took an oath that requires her to do what is right not what is popular... But this is part of the burden of leadership that all leaders in the world, including US President (George) Bush must carry. To whom much responsibility is given, much is required. It's never easy to be president of the Philippines," Remonde said.

The SWS is a one sided survey, it always has negative results for the Administration..

And yes the high prices has its toll on ordinary citizens..but hey, the President is not the only person you can should start blaming your local politicians, the congress (TONGressmen), the Senate (senaTONGs), and lastly yourself...


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