A poll says Gloria Macapagal Arroyo is the most corrupt politician in Philippine history.
MANILA, PHILIPPINES: Filipinos consider President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo the most corrupt leader in their country's history _ surpassing late dictator Ferdinand Marcos, who allegedly stole billions of dollars during his 20-year rule, a survey said.I give this poll as much credence as I give those who list President Bush as the worst President ever. Both I've been critical of, both I've given multiple Knucklehead awards to. However polls like this tell you very little. Recent history will always get recalled stronger than events years ago. With time, memory fades.
The nationwide survey by independent pollster Pulse Asia, released Tuesday (11 Dec), found that 42 percent of Filipinos believed Arroyo is the most corrupt president, compared to 35 % for Marcos.
The survey of 1,200 people was conducted 20-31 Oct as the government was embroiled in a bribery scandal involving a national broadband contract with a Chinese company. Arroyo was later forced to cancel the deal.
The Manila-based pollster's survey had a margin or error of 3 percentage points.
Cabinet Secretary Ricardo Saludo blamed the result on critical media coverage, saying the results show "what happens when media publishes accusations and insinuations against the government without bothering to verify or even ask for the basis of charges."
Marcos, ousted in the country's first "people power" revolt in 1986, was accused of stealing billions of dollars (euros) during his rule.
Arroyo's predecessor, Joseph Estrada, who was toppled in a 2001 popular uprising over allegations of corruption, was picked as the third most corrupt leader.
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