Pinoys' trust in UK, UN grows: Pulse

Jamaine Punzalan, ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 02 2017 12:24 PM | Updated as of May 02 2017 01:43 PM

 US still most trusted by Filipinos; China, Russia least 

MANILA - The trust of Filipinos in the United Nations and United Kingdom improved during the first quarter of 2017, according to a Pulse Asia survey released Tuesday. 

Of 1,200 adults questioned between March 15 and 20, 53 percent said they trusted UK while 82 percent said they trusted UN. 

UK's latest trust rating was 14 percentage points higher than its 39 score in December. UN's rating meanwhile was up 8 points from its previous 74 score. 

Pulse Asia also noted that there was a drop in the level of distrust for the 2 bodies: 11 percentage points for UK and 8 points for UN. 

The UN, under its previous leader, Secretary General Ban Ki-Moo, had criticized President Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs, which has seen thousands drug suspects killed in police operations and vigilante attacks. 

UN's new Secretary-General António Guterres, who took office in January, has not yet openly criticized the anti-drug campaign.

UK, meanwhile, is in talks to divorce from the European Union (EU), which is currently reviewing whether the Philippines can still qualify for trade incentives in face of the killings under his war on drugs. 

TRUST IN US, CHINA, RUSSIA 

The latest Pulse survey also showed that trust remained the majority sentiment towards the United States, Japan, Australia and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) -- but not towards Russia and China. 

Duterte hurled expletive-laden speeches against the US under the Obama administration but has tempered his rhetoric upon the rise to the White House of US President Donald Trump, whom the Filipino leader said has expressed support for his war on drugs.

At the same time, Duterte sought to strengthen ties with China and Russia as part of an independent foreign policy. 

US is trusted by 79 percent of Filipinos, 3 percentage points higher than its December rating, Pulse said.

Seventy-five percent meanwhile said they trusted Japan while 69 percent said the same for Australia, and 81 percent for the ASEAN. 

On the other hand, 63 percent of Filipinos said their country cannot trust China and 56 percent said they distrust Russia. 

"Filipinos' assessment of the trustworthiness of these countries and organizations remains essentially unchanged during the period December 2016 to March 2017," Pulse Asia noted. 

The survey has sampling error margins of ±3 percent.