'Bato' blasts SWS survey, says it's an attack on cops

Bianca Dava, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 24 2017 06:06 PM

MANILA - Philippine National Police Chief, Dir. Gen. Ronald "Bato" dela Rosa on Tuesday said the police force is being attacked "piece by piece" by the consecutive release of Social Weather Stations survey results.

Dela Rosa said the SWS has been using the same survey conducted from September 23 to 27 among 1,500 adults nationwide but has been releasing details of it gradually.

"Piece by piece attack ang ginagawa nila sa amin. Para bang naubusan na sila ng bala na pantira sa PNP," Dela Rosa told Camp Crame reporters.

Regardless of the survey results, the country's top cop said he respects public sentiment. 

An SWS survey released Monday showed public skepticism has grown over claims by police officers that suspects killed in anti-drug operations resisted arrest.

The survey revealed that 37% of adults surveyed believe that the police are not telling the truth, 45% were undecided and 17% said police were telling the truth.

The SWS noted that in June, the net opinion was only -3, where 28% doubted the police and 25% believed them.

The net balance was -8 in March 2017 and -1 in December 2016, according to SWS.

A separate Pulse Asia survey this month showed that majority of Filipinos support the drug war and believe that extrajudicial killings occur under the campaign.