Four journalists from GMA News were among those who made the top 15 most trusted Filipinos in a nationwide survey by popular monthly magazine Reader’s Digest Asia.

 Jessica Soho, GMA Network vice president for news programs and multi-awarded broadcast journalist, ranked third on the list of 80 people in the Reader’s Digest Asia survey, after actress and philanthropist Rosa Rosal, who was named the most trusted Filipino, and world-renowned singer and actress Lea Salonga who ranked second.

 Respondents were asked to rate a predetermined list of 80 Filipinos that included President Gloria Arroyo (no. 78), boxing icon Manny Pacquiao (36), and former first lady Imelda Marcos (74).

“For two decades Soho has been the familiar face in front of the camera whenever a big story breaks. She has reported on issues such as the Mount Pinatubo eruption, the black-market sale of kidneys and Cory Aquino’s death and burial,” wrote Sarah Etchells in the magazine’s March 2010 issue, where the complete survey results are published.

 GMANews.TV editor-in-chief Howie Severino ranked sixth on the list, tied with bowling champion Paeng Nepomuceno; news anchor and GMA Kapuso Foundation executive vice president Mel Tiangco ranked 9th; and news anchor and GMA senior vice president for radio operations Mike Enriquez ranked 13th.

 Readers’ Digest said the list of 80 people was presented in random order to the respondents who were asked to rate the people on a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 meaning they “don’t trust [the person] at all” and 10 meaning they “trust completely” the person.

 “We then calculated an average score for each and ranked them in order of perceived trustworthiness,” Readers’ Digest said. The survey was conducted in October 2009 by independent market research company The Digital Edge on behalf of Readers’ Digest.

 Philanthropist Tony Meloto, founder of Gawad Kalinga, ranked fourth on the list. He was followed by Liberal Party standard bearer Senator Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III, who is the most trusted politician on the survey. “With the passing of his mother last year, there is a sense of sentimentality attached to Aquino,” Etchells wrote.

Here’s the complete ranking of the 80 personalities, no. 1 being the most trusted while no. 80 as the least trusted:

1. Rosa Rosal (actress and philanthropist)
2. Lea Salonga (Singer and Actress)
3. JESSIC SOHO (Journalist and Vice President of GMA News)
4. Tony Meloto (Philanthropist, Founder of Gawad Kalinga)
5. Beningo “Noynoy” Aquino III (senator)
6. Rafael “Paeng” Nepumuceno (bowling champion)
7. HOWIE G. SEVERINO (documentary filmmaker-GMA)
8. Randy David (Newspaper columnist)
9. MEL TIANGCO(TV host and Newscaster-GMA)
10. Efren “Bata” Reyes (Pool and Billiard champion)
11. Jaime August Zobel de Ayala (Businessman and CEO of the Ayala Corporation)
12. Cristeta Comerford (White House Executive Chef)
13. MIGUEL CASTRO “Mike” ENRIQUEZ (TV and Radio newscaster, Senior Vice-President of GMA news)
14. Boots Anson-Roa (Former actress, Director of Mowelfound)
15. Angel Alcala (Marine scientist)
16. Julius Babao (News anchor)
17. Vilma Santos-Recto (ctress and Governor of Batangas)
18. Von Hernandez (Executive Director of Greenpeace, Southeast Asia)
19. Archbishop Angel Lagdameo (President of Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines)
20. MICHAEL V.(Comedian and TV host-GMA)
21. Chin Chin Guiterrez (Actress and Environmental activist)
22. Archbishop Oscar V. Cruz (Priest)
23. Arnel Pineda (Lead singer of Journey)
24. Mar Roxaz (Senator)
25. Henry Sy (Founder and Chairman of SM)
26. Sharon Cuneta (Entertainer)
27. Conrado de Quiros (Newspaper columnist and Author)
28. Kidlat Tahimik (Documentary filmmaker, Writer)
29. Antonio A. Oposa Junior (Environmental lawyer)
30. Bishop Efraim Tendero (National Director, The Philippine Council for Evangelical Churches)
31. Charice Pempengco (Singer)
32. Dr. Rey Melchor F. Santos (President of Philippine Medical Association)
33. Monique Lhuillier (Fashion designer)
34. Gloria Diaz (Actress and Former Miss Universe)
35. Dr. Lilia H. Pagtakhan-Luna (Obstetrician and Gynecologist)
36. Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao (Boxer)
37. Dr Eusebio Z. Dizon (Archeologist)
38. Dr. Ramon Santos (Musical composer)
39. Chris Tiu (Basketballer and TV co-host Pinoy Records)
40. Reynato S. Puno (Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines)
41. Alfredo S. Lim (Manila Mayor)
42. Kris Aquino (TV personality and Actress)
43. Lorenzo “Lory” Tan (Vice-Chairman WWF)
44. KC Concepcion (Actress)
45. Jaime T. “Jimmy” Licauco (Parapsychologist, Author and Founder of the Inner Mind Development Institute)
46. Brillante Mendoza (Filmmaker)
47. Rodrigo Duterte (Davao City Mayor)
48. Senator Richard “Dick” Gordan (Politician and Chairman of The Philippine National Red Cross)
49. Roberto del Rosario (businessman and inventor of the Karaoke Sing Along System)
50. Francis G. Escudero (Senator)
51. Romeo Gacad (Photo journalist)
52. Joker Arroyo (Politician and Lawyer)
53. Dr. Esperanza I. Cabral (Secretary of Department of Social Welfare and Development)
54. Napoleon L. Nazareno (President and CEO of PLDT and SMART)
55. Ernest L. Cu (Director and CEO of Globe Telecom)
56. Korina Sanchez (TV personality)
57. Jon Santos (comedian, gay marriage activist)
58. Billy Crawford (Musician and Actor)
59. Alfonso T. Yuchengco (head of Yuchengco Group)
60. Manuel “Manny” Villar (Senator)
61. Hon. Jesil A. Lapus (Department of Education)
62. Fidel V. Ramos (Former President of the Philippines)
63. Noli de Castro (Vice President of the Philippines)
64. Lucio Tan (businessman)
65. Gilberto Teodoro (Secretary of National Defence)
66. Lieutenant General Victor S Ibrado (Chief of Staff, Armed Forces of the Philippines)
67. Marian Rivera (Actress and Model)
68. Eduardo V. Manalo (deputy Executive Minister of Iglesia Ni Cristo)
69. Carlos J. Caparas (cartoonist and filmmaker)
70. Asi Taulava (Philippines National Basketball team captain)
71. General Jesus A. Verzosa (Chief of Philippine National Police)
72. Cristine Reyes (Actress and FHM’s Sexiest Woman 2009)
73. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr. (Politician)
74. Imee Marcos (Politician)
75. Willie Revillame (TV host (Wowowee))
76. Katrina Halili (Actress and Model)
77. Imelda Marcos (former First Lady of the Philippines)
78. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo (President of the Philippines)
79. Joseph “Erap” Estrada (Former President of the Philippines)
80. Hayden Kho, Jr. (Doctor, Actor and Model)

Source: GMA.TV