|A policeman escorts local residents who are brought in for an
interrogation after a police operation against illegal drugs in a slum
area in metro Manila, Philippines October 6, 2016.|
President Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs is overwhelmingly supported by most Filipinos, but the public believes it “very important” that suspects are caught alive, according to the latest survey by the Social Weather Stations (SWS).
SWS said 84 percent of the respondents are satisfied with the ongoing campaign against illegal drugs, while 8 percent are dissatisfied, and another 8 percent undecided.
However, 71 percent of the respondents stressed the importance of keeping the drug suspects alive during police operations. At least 23 percent said it is somewhat important, 5 percent said it is somewhat not important, and 2 percent said it is not at all important.
The poll, conducted from September 24 to 27 through face-to-face interviews, covered 1,200 adults nationwide, with 300 from Metro Manila, balance of Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao each.
It had a sampling error margins of +/- 3% for national percentages, and +/- 6% each for Metro Manila, Balance Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.
To determine their answers, respondents were asked: "Please tell me how satisfied or dissatisfied you are with the performance of government in its campaign against illegal drugs?"
They are then asked to choose among: 'Very satisfied,' 'Somewhat satisfied,' 'Undecided if satisfied or not,' 'Somewhat dissatisfied,' or 'Very dissatisfied.'
Respondents were also asked: "In the police’s fulfillment of their duty in the campaign against illegal drugs, in your opinion, how important is it that they arrest suspects allegedly involved in the illegal drug trade alive?"
Their choices were: 'Very important,' 'Somewhat important,' 'Somewhat not important,' 'Not at all important.'
To come to this, they were asked: "Do you think that the government’s campaign against illegal drugs is only centered on the POOR, the RICH, or it does not choose a class as long as they are guilty?" Respondents were allowed to choose only one.
For Malacañang, as Duterte marks his 100th day in office, it believes the anti-narcotics drive is succeeding, citing a drop in the crime rate in recent months.
"It's a complete success and the people believe in it. 84% believe in the war against illegal drugs. 700,000 addicts turned themselves in kasama ang 52,000 na drug pushers and drug lords," said Communications Secretary Martin Andanar.
"You see crime dropping. Last July, it dropped at 49%. I don't have it in front of me but I have new data from January to September, crime dropped to about 40 percent," he added.