Fishermen deplore Aquino’s ‘very good’ rating as hoax
The survey showed that 73 percent of victims of super typhoon Yolanda, which devastated majority of areas in eastern Visayas, gave Aquino a positive grade despite reports of inefficiency and inaction on the part of the government days after Yolanda struck.
Salvador France, Pamalakaya vice chairperson, said in a statement the result is “mind-blogging and mind-blowing” considering that the positive grade was said to be given to the President mostly by those directly affected by the typhoon, including those whose friends and families were among the over 6,000 who died or still missing.
France questioned the credibility of the survey which also said the respondents considered themselves as “poor” and “food poor.”
“For us, the survey is a complete hoax and that is the collective of Yolanda survivors among fishing communities visited by our group,” he said.
France said people they talked to said otherwise. “The people here are castigating Aquino for engaging in senseless politicking and rhetoric activities rather than address the urgent concerns of Yolanda survivors like continuing relief and rehabilitation of Yolanda devastated areas,” he added.
On Thursday, Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma said the President is very happy with the positive response of Yolanda survivors despite the fact that 72 percent of families affected by Yolanda classified themselves as poor and 58 percent said they were “food poor”. The SWS also said Yolanda survivors reported a higher “hunger rate,” with 23.9 percent saying they experienced involuntary hunger at least once in the past three months, compared to 17.2 percent among non-victims. (Ron B. Lopez)