MANILA- Majority of Filipinos mistakenly think that drug-related crimes are still punishable by death, results of a Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey showed.
More than half of Filipinos at 59 percent believe that drug pushing is punishable by death, while 47 percent think that drug use merits the penalty.
This even while the Philippines no longer imposes death penalty for any criminal offense after it was abolished in 2006 by then President and now Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.
Several measures are pending in Congress seeking to revive the death penalty as part of the administration's anti-crime campaign, a move that has drawn opposition from human rights groups, the Catholic church, and foreign governments.
The results were the latest that SWS released in a series of surveys concerning the anti-drug campaign.
By area, results of the survey showed that more people in Visayas and Mindanao believe that drug use is still punishable by death, with 52 percent of respondents in these areas unaware of the abolition, followed by Luzon at 44 percent.
Metro Manila rated the lowest at 39 percent.
The survey, however, found no significant by-area differences in terms of the number of people who believe that selling illegal drugs is punishable by death, with 61 percent of believers in the Visayas, 59 percent in Metro Manila, and 58 percent each in Balance Luzon and Mindanao.
LESS THAN HALF ARE AWARE OF A REHAB PROGRAM
Meanwhile, less than half of Filipinos are aware of rehabilitation programs for alleged drug users who have surrendered to the government.
Survey results showed that 56 percent of Filipinos are unaware of any rehabilitation program and that only 44 percent know of it.
Metro Manila had the highest proportion of respondents who are aware of drug rehabilitation programs for surrenderees at 62 percent, followed by Balance Luzon at 43 percent, and Visayas and Mindanao, each with 40 percent.
The survey was conducted by SWS from June 23 to 26 using face-to-face interviews of 1,200 adults aged 18 and above nationwide.
SWS surveyed 300 adults each in Metro Manila, Balance Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.
It had sampling error margins of ±3 percent for national percentages, and ±6 percent each for Metro Manila, Balance Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.