Palace downplays drop in public satisfaction with drug war

Dharel Placido, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Apr 19 2017 10:58 AM | Updated as of Apr 19 2017 12:09 PM

MANILA – Despite an 11-point drop in public satisfaction with the government’s war on drugs, the Palace on Wednesday noted that the government continues to enjoy the support of a “great majority of Filipinos.”

“Seventy-eight percent, a great majority of Filipinos, expressed satisfaction in the government’s performance, notwithstanding the negative criticisms we received here and abroad,” Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella said, referring to the latest Social Weather Stations survey.

“Many Filipinos are less worried about their personal safety; as they feel safe and secure in the streets and at home.”

The latest SWS survey said Filipinos gave the drug war a net satisfaction rating of +66, or "very good". This is an 11-point and one-grade drop from December 2016's rating of +77 or "excellent."

Abella chose to highlight the 78 percent of Filipinos expressing satisfaction with the government's war on drugs in the March 2017 survey instead of dwelling on the drop in the net satisfaction score.

The net satisfaction score of +66 was arrived at by subtracting the percentage of Filipinos not satisfied with the war on drugs (12 percent) to the percentage of those who are satisfied (78 percent).

Abella said Filipinos understand and support the campaign against hard drug traffickers and violators.

“The drive will be relentless until the drug apparatus is rendered inutile; after all, what is at stake is the national patrimony, the following generations of Filipinos, who will not only continue our dreams, be our God given social safety net, but also preserve our cultures, our gift to the world.”

The decline in the net satisfaction score comes as the government took a beating here and abroad about the high number of killings linked to administration's war on drugs.