SWS: Filipinos say drug war 'ex­cel­lent'

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THE Duterte ad­min­is­tra­tion yielded an "ex­cel­lent" net sat­is­fac­tion rat­ing in its deadly cam­paign against nar­cotics trade, ac­cord­ing to the lat­est sur­vey con­ducted by So­cial Weather Sta­tions (SWS).

The sur­vey, con­ducted from De­cem­ber 3 to 6, showed that 85 per­cent of 1,500 re­spon­dents were sat­is­fied with the drug war. Fifty-three per­cent of the said 85 per­cent were "very sat­is­fied" while 32 per­cent were "some­what sat­is­fied."

Only eight per­cent were dis­sat­is­fied by the way the ad­min­is­tra­tion han­dles the drug men­ace (five per­cent "some­what dis­sat­is­fied; three per­cent "very dis­sat­is­fied").

Seven per­cent of the re­spon­dents were am­biva­lent on the mat­ter.

The poll re­sult ob­tained an "ex­cel­lent" net sat­is­fac­tion score of + 77 in the fourth quar­ter, steady from+76reg­is­teredinthethirdquar­ter.

Eighty-eight per­cent be­lieved that the il­le­gal drug trade de­clined in their re­spec­tive area since Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte as­sumed of­fice.

Two per­cent said they "some­what dis­agree," one per­cent stressed they "strongly dis­agree," and nine per­cent were "un­de­cided."

De­spite this, the SWS noted that 78 per­cent of the re­spon­dents were wor­ried about the drug-re­lated deaths in the coun­try.

Around 45 per­cent were "very wor­ried" that they would fall vic­tim to such killings, 33 per­cent were "some­what wor­ried," 10 per­cent were "not too wor­ried," and 12 per­cent were "not wor­ried at all."

The SWS re­vealed that 28 per­cent of the re­spon­dents thought the po­lice were telling the truth when they said sus­pects were re­sist­ing ar­rest while 29 per­cent be­lieved they were not telling the truth.

About 39 per­cent said the ex­tra­ju­di­cial killing in the coun­try was a "very se­ri­ous" prob­lem, 30 per­cent said it was "some­what se­ri­ous," three per­cent said it was "not se­ri­ous at all," and 22 per­cent were "un­de­cided."

Lat­est data from the Philip­pine Na­tional Po­lice showed that 2,102 al­leged drug sus­pects have been killed in le­git­i­mate op­er­a­tions from July 1 to De­cem­ber 12.

The same data re­vealed that 40,932 drug de­pen­dents have been ar­rested while 908,244 have sur­ren­dered.

The sur­vey stressed that 71 per­cent be­lieved it is "very im­por­tant" that drug sus­pects are caught alive, 23 per­cent said it is "some­what im­por­tant," four per­cent said it is "some­what not im­por­tant" and one per­cent said it is "not at all im­por­tant."

The SWS also noted that 38 per­cent of the re­spon­dents said the Duterte ad­min­is­tra­tion was "very se­ri­ous" about solv­ing the sum­mary ex­e­cu­tions of drug per­son­al­i­ties, 32 per­cent said it was "some­what se­ri­ous."

The poll used sam­pling er­ror mar­gins of ± 3 per­cent for na­tional per­cent­ages, ± 4 per­cent for Bal­ance Lu­zon, and ± 6 per­cent each for Metro Manila, Visayas and Min­danao. (Ruth Abbey Gita/ Sun­nex)

Palace: Drug war not tar­get­ing 'poor, in­no­cent' i ndi vi dual s

Mean­while, Mala­cañang on Mon­day as­sured the public that its in­ten­si­fied cam­paign against il­le­gal drugs is not solely fo­cused on "poor, in­no­cent, and hap­less" in­di­vid­u­als.

"On the worry of Filipinos about be­com­ing vic­tims of ex­tra­ju­di­cial killings, we rec­og­nized our peo­ple's con­cern as we as­sure them that the gov­ern­ment's anti-drug op­er­a­tions are not aimed at poor, in­no­cent, hap­less in­di­vid­u­als," Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Sec­re­tary Martin An­da­nar said in a state­ment .

An­da­nar is­sued the state­ment fol­low­ing the re­sults of the So­cial Weather Sta­tion's (SWS) sur­vey.

"Ex­tra­ju­di­cial killings are not state-spon­sored and we de­nounce rid­ing-in-tan­dem mur­ders per­pe­trated by com­mon crim­i­nals wrongly at­trib­uted in news re­ports as part of po­lice op­er­a­tions," the Pres­i­dent's com­mu­ni­ca­tion head said.

An­da­nar also said the gov­ern­ment is mak­ing sure that the anti-drugs op­er­a­tion is in ob­ser­vance of the po­lice's op­er­a­tional pro­to­cols.

Should the po­lice break any of law, An­da­nar said they will face ap­pro­pri­ate charges

"Mur­der is mur­der. What our au­thor­i­ties are con­duct­ing are le­git­i­mate po­lice op­er­a­tions that re­quire ob­ser­vance of op­er­a­tional pro­to­cols. Po­lice au­thor­i­ties who vi­o­late pro­ce­dures are made to an­swer be­fore the law," he said.

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