PH drug war needs 'significant redesign': analyst


Posted at Apr 19 2017 05:14 PM

MANILA - The Duterte administration may have to "redesign" its campaign against illegal drugs, a political analyst said Wednesday, after a survey showed 92 percent of Filipinos said it is important for drug suspects to be captured alive.

The survey, conducted by Social Weather Stations (SWS) in the first quarter of 2017, shows that Filipinos gave the drug war a net satisfaction rating of +66, or "very good".

Despite the 11-point and one-grade drop from December 2016, UP Political Science Professor Ranjit Rye said a +66 rating is still high, and it shows the country still approves the anti-drug campaign.

However, the percentage of Filipinos who said they do not want drug suspects killed sends a signal to the administration, stressing the need for human rights protection.

"This is a signal for the administration to do significant redesign of their anti-drug campaign," he told ANC. "The redesign should, in the long run, try to balance law enforcement and protection of human rights."

The SWS survey also shows that most Pinoys (70 percent) believe the Duterte administration is serious about solving the drug problem.

The survey was not commissioned by anyone, the SWS said. It was done on March 25-28, 2017 using face-to-face interviews with 1,200 Filipinos nationwide.