Press Release
November 26, 2013

Drilon on the latest SWS Survey: Results should invigorate Senate
towards better service

Senate President Franklin M. Drilon today welcomed the results of the latest social survey conducted by the Social Weather Stations (SWS), saying that the results should "invigorate" the country's senators to "further improve in their performance as public servants".

The public opinion polling body had recently reported a "good" approval rating of "+37 satisfaction rate" for the Senate chief, in a study designed to represent public consensus throughout the entire country.

Drilon thanked the public for the positive rating given to him, and considered the survey "as an opportunity to hear the people's sentiments and to act accordingly towards improving their performance in the Senate."

"We are even more motivated by these numbers to work harder, and to commit ourselves even more in passing legislation that will better serve the interests of the Filipino people," he added. The Senate chief also expressed optimism that the public will soon become aware of the significant reforms brought by the recent issues and the upheavals that followed, and thus building back their trust to the Senate as an institution.

"The Congress has been undergoing a difficult but necessary cleansing process towards the desired reform in our country's political system. We have willingly undertaken actions in the Senate such as the abolition of the pork barrel and the Senate investigation into the pork barrel scam that hopefully will make our people realize that this institution is worth their trust," stressed Drilon.

"With the abolition by the Supreme Court of the pork barrel system, we have entered a new phase in Philippine politics, from the politics of patronage to the politics of performance and principles, from the politics of accommodation to the politics of accomplishments, and from the politics of favoritism to the politics of fairness," he ended.

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