Filipinos want the next president to increase workers’ salaries and address the illegal drugs menace, a recent Pulse Asia survey said.
Thirty-eight percent of respondents said they want the new president to increase workers’ salaries while 36 percent said the next Chief Executive should address the widespread peddling and use of illegal drugs.
Among the top concerns of voters, which fall on the second cluster of urgent national issues to be acted upon by the next president, were controlling inflation (30 percent), fighting corruption in government (30 percent), reducing poverty (29 percent), and creating more jobs (26 percent).
On the third group of national issues, 24 percent said the new president should fight criminality and 20 percent said he should deal with enforcing the rule of law.
A near majority of respondents in the Visayas, with 47 percent, agreed that the next leader of the country should immediately increase the pay of workers.
On the other hand, 42 percent of respondents in Metro Manila want the new president to address illegal drugs.
Thirty-six percent want the new president to address low workers’ pay, 34 percent poverty, and 34 percent employment.
Meanwhile, respondents in the rest of Luzon want the new president to focus on workers’ pay (35 percent), illegal drugs (32 percent), inflation (32 percent), corruption (31 percent), poverty (31 percent), and employment (28 percent).
In Mindanao, 41 percent want the next president to act on the issue of illegal drugs (41 percent) before increasing the pay of workers (38 percent) and fighting corruption in government (34 percent).