MANILA, Philippines — The latest Pulse Asia survey shows that 9 out of 10 Filipinos are excited about the upcoming Avengers movie, more so than the resumption of the impeachment trial of Chief Justice Renato Corona.
The April 2 to 15 survey indicates the lack of enthusiasm of Filipinos with regards to the impeachment trial that is set to resume on May 7 after a six-week recess since March 22.
Upon resumption on May 7, the Corona camp will continue presenting evidence on Article 2 of the impeachment complaint which alleges non-disclosure and untruthful disclosure of the high magistrate’s statements of assets, liabilities and net worth.
After the defense team’s presentation, the House panel still has the last say as it can opt to present rebuttal evidence to refute the defense case. (from Yahoo News)
One thousand respondents were asked to what they were currently looking forward to the most. The results show 90% of Filipinos are more excited with the upcoming Avengers movie, showing in theaters on April 25; while only 6% are looking forward to the May 9 showing of the StreetDance 2 movie. Surprisingly, out of the remaining 4%, three percent were more enthusiastic with the filing of their income tax returns (ITR), which has the deadline set to last April 16th; with only 1% of respondents interviewed showed eagerness on the resumption of the impeachment trial.
According to resident SWN Psychologist Dr. Brian Topacio, the results of the survey should no longer be a shock to anyone. “Everybody knows that Filipinos are growing tired of the proceedings after watching it non-stop for 34 days,” said the doctor. “Citizens were actually relieved that the Senate went on break, because they were able to entertain more pressing matters like going to nature-friendly malls with the family, voting for Jessica Sanchez, cutting their nails or watching other news besides the impeachment.”
Political analyst Rafael Corpuz agrees with the Dr. Topacio’s analysis; saying that Senator judges, Vice President, and other politicians were relieved as well. “They were able to entertain more pressing matters like forming new alliances, switching alliances or reacting to criticism hurled against our country’s driving conditions.
Manila was recently ranked as the third-worst city in the world for driving by CNNGo.com.
But for the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), it is unfair to compare traffic conditions in Metro Manila to more developed cities in Europe and the United States.
MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino admitted traffic can be bad at times in Metro Manila, but he doesn’t believe it’s among the worst in the world.
He questioned Manila’s inclusion in the CNNgo.com list. (from ABS-CBN News)
A local motorist interviewed for this article, believes that Metro Manila should be first on the list, as with the case with the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) being named the world’s worst airport. He also believes that if not first, the Philippines should not be included on the tallying with other countries at all, because “we are special and on a class of our own,” he said.
“Kung sa American Idol or sa Miss Universe nga, gusto nating kahilera tayo ng mga banyaga, pero pag dating sa trapiko, bakit hindi ???(If we want to be on the same level or field with foreigners when it comes to American Idol or Miss Universe, how come the same can’t be said when it comes to traffic???)” said another motorist.
“Wala kasing dagdag sa budget at pondo kapag second place, third place pa kaya? (There is no additional budget or funds when placed second, let alone third),” said an MMDA insider. “Kaya sana first place nalang tayo (That’s why we hope we came in first).”
How about you, what are you currently looking forward to?