By HANA BORDEY, GMA Integrated News
President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. should crack the whip on his Cabinet and replace around three or four non-performing officials, Senate President Juan Miguel Zubiri said Wednesday.
The Senate chief issued the remark after the approval rating of the President dropped in the third quarter of 2023 to 65% in September from 84% in June based on a Pulse Asia Survey released last Monday.
“Suggestion ko sa ating pangulo, crack the whip [on] his Cabinet lalo na ‘yung poorly performing members of the Cabinet na imbes na tumulong ay lalong napeperwisyo ang ating pangulo,” Zubiri said at a press conference.
[My suggestion to the President is to crack the whip on his Cabinet especially those poorly performing members who are not helping the President at all.]
“If the problem is inflation, then look at agencies that are supposed to trace and track why there’s overpricing…bakit nagkakaroon ng (why there’s) hoarding. Bakit walang nahuhuli hoarders, bakit walang napapagalitan na price manipulators on the market side?” Zubiri went on.
[Why are hoarders not getting arrested? Why are price manipulators not getting called out.]
Zubiri did not mention specific agencies or Cabinet secretaries but for him, there are “roughly three or four” department heads that should be replaced.
“These are the questions that the president can ask his cabinet and if they’re not performing up to par with the president’s standards, I think they should be replaced, with due respect, without naming names,” he said.
‘Not surprised by approval rating drop’
Earlier, Marcos admitted being not surprised by the drop in his approval rating, noting that he understands the public sentiment.
Marcos believes that his approval rating was affected by the soaring rice prices.
“It’s not surprising. People are having a hard time. Bigas ito, eh. Ibang usapan pag bigas. It’s different from anything else, any other agricultural product. I completely understand it, and that’s why we’re working very very hard to make sure that this comes up again– not because of the survey, that’s not important to me,” Marcos said in an interview in Taguig City.
“What’s important to me is that we make sure that people have enough to eat and that it is affordable to them,” he added.
Aside from Marcos, Vice President and Education Secretary Sara Duterte also saw her approval rating drop in the third quarter of 2023 — 73% in September, which was lower from her rating of 84% in June. — RSJ, GMA Integrated News