The House of Representatives registered its highest net satisfaction rating for the fourth quarter of 2017 with a score of +43, topping all previous administrations since 1988, House Majority Leader Rudy Fariñas said.
“Boss HoR got the highest net satisfaction rating since 1988 according to SWS record,” he said in a message to Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, which he shared with House reporters.
The House’ +43 score rose to nine points from the +34 it received in September, per the Social Weather Stations survey.
The SWS survey revealed the lower House stayed “good” but had double-digit increases in urban areas, among class Es, among women, and among college graduates.
Asked what led to the increase, Fariñas said, “You tell me as it would be self-serving for me to do so.”
But he replied, “Agree!” when a reporter asked, “how about the stricter attendance and travel rules and frankness of the Speaker in dealing with so many issues, including the impeachment complaint against Chief Justice Sereno, are these factors in the record high rating?”
Fariñas cited other reasons for the improved ratings.
“The HOR also respected the preventive suspension orders of its Members issued by the Sandiganbayan,” he said.
“The HOR stood pat on its power to issue contempt orders against those not honoring its subpoenas,” Fariñas added.
The survey was taken at the height of the testimonies against Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno during public hearings of the House justice committee.
“Must be logical because Sereno’s number went down!” Fariñas said when a reporter pointed out when the survey was taken.