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61% of Filipinos unaware of charter change

61% of Filipinos unaware of charter change

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Published by Rappler Philippines
Pulse Asia survey conducted from March 19 to March 26
Pulse Asia survey conducted from March 19 to March 26

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Published by: Rappler Philippines on May 07, 2014
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(May 07, 2014) FROM: Dr. Ana Maria Tabunda Research Director
Pulse Asia Research, Inc. RE: Pulse Asia Research’s March 2014 Nationwide Survey on Charter Change
Pulse Asia Research, Inc. is pleased to share with you some findings on
Charter Change
from the March 2014
Ulat ng Bayan
national survey. We request you to assist us in inf7orming the public by disseminating this information. The survey fieldwork was conducted from
March 19 - 26, 2014
 using face-to-face interviews. In March 2014, the following local and international developments preoccupied Filipinos: 1. The continuing investigation into the so-called pork barrel scam, with the  presentation of new witnesses, the alleged involvement of several lawmakers and media personalities in the scam, and the expansion of the investigation to include non-government organizations (NGOs) not already included in the ongoing inquiry  being conducted by the Office of the Ombudsman; 2. The order made by President Benigno S. Aquino III for a thorough investigation into the alleged involvement of the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF) in the pork barrel scam; 3. The arrest of Globe Asiatique President Delfin Lee for syndicated estafa after several years in hiding, the Supreme Court’s decision to issue a temporary restraining order (TRO) against a ruling by the Court of Appeals (CA) lifting the arrest warrant on Mr. Lee; and the removal of Senior Supt. Conrad Capa as head of Task Force Tugis after its successful operation that led to the arrest of Mr. Lee; 4. The power crisis in Mindanao, warnings of a power shortage nationwide during the summer season coming from power industry experts, and the Manila Electric Company’s (Meralco) issuance of a refund to its customers who paid the deferred
electricity charges in their December 2013 and February 2014 bills as well as its announcement regarding a decline in power rates in March 2014 due to lower costs incurred from suppliers and the Wholesale Electricity Spot Market (WESM); 5. Malacañang’s endorsement of the findings of the Energy Regulatory Commssion (ERC) declaring that the WESM electricity prices during the shutdown of the Malampaya gas pipeline toward the latter part of 2013 are not “reasonable, rational, and competitive” and as such, the ERC’s December 2013 approval of an increase in Meralco’s electricity charges based on WESM prices is void; 6. The conclusion of the peace negotiations between the Philippine government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and the scheduled signing of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) on 27 March 2014; 7. The Philippine government’s decision to allow the United States access to Philippine military bases as part of the “Agreement on Enhanced Defense Cooperation” being discussed by both countries amidst the continuing tension  between the Philippines and China over disputed territories in the West Philippine Sea; 8. Posturings by a few individuals said to be interested in seeking the presidency in the May 2016 elections, with Vice-President Jejomar C. Binay leaving the PDP-Laban and creating his own political party for his presidential bid, Senator Alan Peter Cayetano making public his desire to become president, if not in May 2016 then in May 2022, and Transportation Secretary and Liberal Party (LP) Secretary-General and Acting President Joseph Emilio Abaya saying that the party is considering only Local Government Secretary Manuel A. Roxas II as its standard  bearer in May 2016; 9. The arrest of two key leaders of the Communist Party of the Philippines and New People’s Army (CPP-NPA) on charges of murder and frustrated murder on 22 March 2014 in Cebu and the refusal of the government to release those captured despite claims made by the National Democratic Front (NDF) that these leaders are covered by immunity guarantees; 10. The disappearance of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 on 08 March 2014 during a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing and the international effort to locate the missing plane in the weeks that followed; 11. The results of an election in Crimea wherein 97% of voters opted to break away from Ukraine and join the Russian Federation following weeks of tension arising from Russia’s efforts to annex Crimea and the decision of G7 countries to cancel a G8 summit in Russia in June 2014 due to the country’s actions in Ukraine; and 12. Other developments which include the approval by the Senate on third and final reading of the Freedom of Information (FOI) bill and President Aquino’s continued refusal to certify the bill as urgent; the approval by the House Committee on Constitutional Amendments of a resolution calling for amendments to the economic  provisions of the 1987 Philippine Constitution; the decision of the Supreme Court to postpone to April 2014 its ruling on the legality of the Reproductive Health (RH) law; the shame campaign targeting professionals which is being implemented by
the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR); President Aquino’s apology for government’s slow and delayed response to the victims of Typhoon Yolanda; the indictment of eight officers and personnel of the Philippine Cost Guard (PCG) over the killing of a Taiwanese fisherman in May 2013; and the start of the Lenten season with the observation of Ash Wednesday by Catholics on 05 March 2014. As in our previous surveys, this nationwide survey is based on a sample of 1,200 representative adults 18 years old and above. It has a ± 3% error margin at the 95% confidence level. Subnational estimates for each of the geographic areas covered in the survey (i.e., Metro Manila, the rest of Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao) have a ± 6% error margin, also at 95% confidence level. Those interested in further technical details concerning the survey's questionnaire and sampling design may request Pulse Asia Research in writing for fuller details, including copies of the pre-tested questions actually used. Pulse Asia Research’s pool of academic fellows takes full responsibility for the design and conduct of the survey, as well as for analyses it makes based on the survey data. In keeping with our academic nature, no religious, political, economic, or partisan group influenced any of these processes. Pulse Asia Research undertakes
Ulat ng Bayan
 surveys on its own without any party singularly commissioning the research effort. For any clarification or questions, kindly contact Dr. Ana Maria Tabunda, Research Director of Pulse Asia Research at 09189436816 or Prof. Ronald D. Holmes, Pulse Asia Research President at +6104-2436-1124, via email (ronald.holmes@gmail.com) or via skype (pampangoholmes).

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