MANILA, Philippines - Majority of Filipinos will respect whatever the Senate decides in the impeachment trial against Chief Justice Renato Corona, according to a national poll.
A survey of 1,500 Filipino adults conducted by Laylo Research Strategies from January 28 to February 6 showed 86% will accept the Senate's decision.
Some 8% said they will join rallies if Corona is absolved. Another 4% said they will join rallies if he is found guilty. The remaining 2% are undecided.
The survey also showed the public is not that interested in the trial, which has been on-going for more than a month.
Around 43% "rarely bother" with the Corona trial, while 33% sometimes follow the news about it. Only a fourth of the respondents are paying close attention to it.
Of the respondents' awareness of the trial, 89% say they get their news about the impeachment trial from television. Only 22% get their news from radio, 9% from other people's discussion.
Although several television stations are broadcasting the trial, only 7% watch the live telecast.
Corona is facing 8 articles of impeachment, but only one of the articles is considered credible by nearly half of the public. This is the allegation that Corona sided with former President Gloria Arroyo and her administration in cases involving them.
Asked to judge the fairness of the senator-Judges, 47% of the survey respondents said they are undecided. Some 34% say the Senator-Judges are objective while 17% say they are not.
A third (32%) of the respondents find Corona's assertion that he is being targeted for impeachment because of the Supreme Court's decision ordering the distribution of Hacienda Luisita, which is owned by President Aquino's family.
A majority (57%) of the respondents are undecided on their personal opinion on the impeachment trial because they don't know enough. Only 17% definitely want Corona to be impeached, while 17% say he should probably be impeached. Only 5% say Corona should probably be absolved, while 2% definitely want him absolved.
(Editor's note: The respondents were erroneously asked in the survey by Laylo Research Strategies whether they want Corona impeached or not. Corona was already impeached by the House of Representatives last December 12, 2011. The impeachment trial will determine whether he is guilty or not.)
"The survey results show an admission on the part of the Filipino public of a lack of competence to render judgement on a complicated issue such as the impeachment of the Chief Justice. They are relying on the Senate to make the decision and will respecet whatever decision they make," the Laylo report stated.
The report also indicated that the public's opinion on President Aquino is not related to their attitude towards Corona's impeachment trial.
"The President continues to enjoy widespread popular support, but across groups - from his most ardent supporters and his allies, to those neutral about him, to his critics -- there is a common tendency to withhold judgement on whether the Chief Justice should be impeached and an overwhelming respect for whatever will be the final decision of the Senate as an impeachment court," it added.
Kung sakaling mag-desisyon na ang Senado sa kasong impeachment laban kay Chief Justice Renato Corona, ano ang pinakamalamang na magiging reaksyon ninyo?
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