SWS: Most Filipinos fear PH involvement in possible war between US, N. Korea

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 15 2018 04:43 PM

US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Composite

MANILA- Most Filipinos are worried that the Philippines may be involved in a possible war between the United States and North Korea, a survey showed.

Eighty-four percent of Filipino adults worry that the tensions between Washington and Pyongyang would soon escalate into an armed conflict while 88 percent expressed fears that Manila would be involved, results of a Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey showed.

Of those who worry about the Philippines' possible involvement in an armed conflict, 55 percent worried a "great deal" while 33 percent are somewhat worried, SWS said.

Last year, US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un repeatedly insulted each other, raising fears of a possible war.

The 2 leaders, however, have agreed this year to hold a summit to discuss the possible denuclearization of Pyongyang.

The Philippines has welcomed the planned talks and expressed hope that this would avert the escalation of conflict.

The United States has remained as the most trusted country by Filipinos while North Korea is the most distrusted, according to SWS.

The agency added that net trust rating on Washington has always been positive since it was first included in the polls in 1994 while net trust rating on North Korea has always been negative since it was first included in surveys in 2003.

SWS said most Filipinos who have expressed concerns that the Philippines would be involved in a possible war between the US and North Korea, are those who have "much trust" in Washington at 91 percent and North Korea at 94 percent.

The survey was conducted last Dec. 8 to 16, 2017.