SWS: Filipinos say drug war 'excellent'
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.