MANILA -- Most Filipinos' attitude toward the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) became negative after the January 25 incident in Mamasapano, Maguindanao, wherein 44 Special Action Force (SAF) commandos were killed, a new Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey revealed Friday.
The survey conducted last March 20-23, 2015 showed 48 percent of Filipinos are against the approval of the draft Bangsamoro Basic Law, while 23 percent want the draft law to be approved.
Prior to the Mamasapano incident, in a survey conducted June 2014, only 27 percent of Filipinos were against the BBL. At that time, 44 percent of Filipinos were for the approval of the proposal.
The survey also revealed that only 4 percent of Filipinos have extensive knowledge about the BBL, while 36 percent have almost no knowledge of the draft law. The figures are almost consistent since December 2012.
A special survey conducted in the core territory of the proposed Bangsamore from February 22 to March 1, 2015 revealed residents of the area are relatively more knowledgeable of the peace agreements and the proposed law.
However, knowledge in the Sulu archipelago was less than in the mainland areas of the core territory, which included Maguindanao, Cotabato City, Lanao del Sur, six municipalities in Lanao del Norte, and 39 barangays in North Cotabato.
Majority of the residents of the core territory are also in favor of the passage of the BBL, with residents of Sulu and Isabela City mostly undecided on the issue.
Consistent with the negative attitude toward the BBL, majority of Filipinos are also not hopeful that the proposed Bangsamoro territory will bring peace and development in the area. Residents of the core territory are generally more hopeful.
Those in the core territory are also still hopeful that the Congress will pass the law, despite the controversies following the Mamasapano encounter and the delays in the Congressional deliberations.
Residents in Sulu, however, are somewhat not hopeful that the law will be passed.
As to whether the peace talks with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) is beneficial to the country, majority of Filipinos have a negative opinion on the issue, with with 42 percent saying there would be "some" or "much" benefit, while 56 percent thought there would be "little" or no benefit.
The March 2015 SWS survey was conducted using face-to-face interviews of 1,200 adults nationwide, 300 each in Metro Manila, Balance of Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.