Thursday, February 14, 2008
77% of Filipinos want Arroyo to resign’--Ibon survey
Seventy-seven percent of Filipinos believe President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo should resign over allegations of corruption, according to a survey by the Ibon Foundation.
Of 1,503 respondents asked by the think tank from January 7 to 14 if Arroyo should step down because of "widespread corruption under her regime," 77.41 percent said "yes," only 12.89 percent said "no."
Asked if they were aware of calls from various sectors for Arroyo to step down, 75.38 said "yes," while 24.62 percent said "no," Ibon said in a statement.
The margin of error for the survey was plus or minus three percent.
Last week, former government consultant Rodolfo Noel Lozada Jr. said the scrapped $329-million contract awarded to China's ZTE Corp. for the national broadband network (NBN) project was overpriced.
Lozada added that former Commission on Elections chairman Benjamin Abalos and First Gentleman Jose Miguel Arroyo pushed for the deal with ZTE.
Arroyo scrapped the contract last year after allegations of overpricing and bribery.