Anti-narcotics campaign gets 'excellent' rating in SWS survey

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 22 2019 05:23 PM | Updated as of Sep 22 2019 07:04 PM

MANILA - (UPDATE) A vast majority of Filipinos are satisfied with the government's anti-illegal drugs campaign despite accusations of abuses and illegal killings, the latest survey from the Social Weather Stations (SWS) showed.

In its second quarter survey, SWS said 82 percent of adult Filipinos were satisfied with the government's handling of its anti-narcotics campaign, while 12 percent were dissatisfied and 6 percent were undecided.

The survey firm said this meant a net satisfaction rating of +70, which SWS classifies as excellent.

Survey respondents who said they were satisfied with the anti-illegal drugs campaign said it has lessened the number of drug suspects.

Other respondents said they were satisfied because drug suspects have been arrested, crimes were lessened, the drug trade was diminished, and the peace and order situation was improved.

Among those who were dissatisfied with the campaign, most said that the drug trade and drug suspects were still prevalent.

Other reasons for dissatisfaction was that the campaign led to too many killings, abuse of power, too many wrongful arrests were made, and drug suspects were killed.

SWS said its June 2019 survey was conducted from June 22-26, 2019 using face-to-face interviews of 1,200 adults nationwide.

The Duterte administration has drawn criticism from human rights groups here and abroad over alleged extrajudicial killings committed in the so-called "drug war."

Last July, the United Nations Human Rights Council adopted a resolution seeking a comprehensive report on the human rights situation in the Philippines, including alleged extrajudicial killings in the government's drug war.

The Philippines rejected the resolution, with Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. calling it a "travesty."

A survey conducted in June, meanwhile, showed that 3 out of 5 Filipinos believe that the government should not block international groups looking into deaths under the local anti-narcotics drive.

Malacañang has denied ordering government agencies and state-run firms to stop negotiating or accepting loans from countries that have backed the UN push to probe the drug war.