60% of Filipinos say PH gov’t should allow UN probe on drug slays – SWS

Robie de Guzman   •   July 23, 2019   •   1265

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MANILA, Philippines – Sixty percent of Filipinos believe that the Philippine government should not block the investigation into the killings related to President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs, a survey conducted by the Social Weather Stations (SWS) revealed on Monday (July 22).

The survey, conducted from Jun 22 to 26, showed that 26 percent of the 1,200 respondents strongly agree with the statement that, “the government should not block the investigation of international groups, like the United Nations, into the killing by the Philippine police of so many drug suspects who supposedly fought back.”

Thirty-four percent somewhat agreed to the statement; 15 percent disagreed, while 25 percent were undecided.

The SWS said the net agreements in both rural and urban areas, at +46 and +44 respectively, were classified as “very strong.”

The SWS said the net agreement is equal to the percentages of those who agreed minus those who disagreed.

It classifies a score of +50 and above as “extremely strong, and +30 to +49 as “very strong”.

Mindanao recorded an “extremely strong” +50 net agreement, followed by very strong net scores in Balance Luzon at +45, Metro Manila at +43, and the Visayas at +42, the agency said.

The pollster further said the net agreement was highest in class D or the “masa” at +46, followed by class E at +45, and class ABC at +37. It was also very strong among both women and men, at +47 and +44, respectively.

By age group, net agreement on the statement was highest among 35 to 44-year olds and 18 to 24-year olds, at extremely strong levels of +52 and +50, respectively, the SWS said.

This was followed by very strong scores among 25 to 34-year olds at +48; 55-year olds and above at +45, and 45 to 54-year olds at +31.

The SWS said the June 2019 Social Weather Survey has sampling error margins of ±3 percent for national percentages, and ±6 percent each for Metro Manila, Balance Luzon, the Visayas, and Mindanao.

The survey follows reports earlier this month about the move of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to adopt a resolution led by Iceland seeking a comprehensive report on the human rights situation in the Philippines amid Duterte’s campaign against illegal drugs.

Malacañang earlier said the adoption of the ‘grotesquely one-sided’ resolution is an insult to the majority of Filipinos who expressed satisfaction on the kind of “forceful and effective” governance of Duterte.

READ: Palace slams UN resolution as ‘grotesquely one-sided’ and ‘insulting’

Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin also rejected the Iceland-led resolution and warned of “far-reaching consequences” for nations who supported the resolution.

Iceland, on the other hand, expressed hope that the Philippines will cooperate with the U.N. investigation.

SWS: Pinoys’ trust in China falls to ‘bad’, remains ‘excellent’ in US

Aileen Cerrudo   •   November 21, 2019

The Filipinos’ trust in China has fallen from ‘poor’ to ‘bad’, based on the third quarter 2019 Social Weather Survey (SWS).

The net trust for China fell by 9 points from -24 in June 2019 to -33 in September 2019.

“The September 2019 Social Weather Survey was conducted from September 27-30, 2019 using face-to-face interviews of 1,800 adults (18 years old and above) nationwide,” according to the SWS survey report.

Meanwhile, the United States net trust remain ‘excellent’ at +72 in September 2019, it has little to no change compared to the +73 in June 2019.

Other countries like Australia and Japan stay at a ‘very good’ net trust rating, +37 and +35 respectively in September 2019.

Vietnam fell from ‘moderate’ net trust to ‘neutral’ with a net zero-rating in September 2019 from a +13 rating in June 2019.—AAC

Duterte administration rating remains very good in Q3 SWS Survey

Maris Federez   •   November 7, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The Duterte administration received a Very Good (67%) Net Satisfaction Rating in the latest survey of the Social Weather Stations (SWS).

This indicates that three of four Filipinos are still contented with the way the government is running under the leadership of President Rodrigo Duterte.

Although the rating went down six points from the excellent rating of 73% in June 2019, still a big number of Filipinos said they are satisfied with the administration’s performance.

Based on the survey, the administration got “very good” rating in helping the poor (+62), providing the information needed by the citizens to properly examine what the government is doing (+54), and having clear policies (+53).

The administration received “excellent” rating in Metro Manila. Although it dipped a little in Mindanao, Luzon, and the Visayas.

The survey was conducted on September 27 – 30, 2019 among 1,800 respondents nationwide.

Malacañang said the latest survey shows that the public is capable of identifying then truth despite the continues politicking of the opposition against the government.

Meanwhile, Presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo said earning high rating is not a priority of the President.

He said performing the duties entrusted to the President remains as his yardstick of good governance.

“The President has repeatedly said “I’m not here for any popularity contest. It doesn’t affect me at all, whether my rating comes down or goes up, what is important is there is a job to do and I do it in accordance with the dictates of the constitution,” Panelo said. (from the report of Rosalie Coz) /mbmf

Hunger rate for most Filipino families subsides in July-Sept. – SWS

Robie de Guzman   •   October 24, 2019

A street vendor puts food in a bowl for customers at a roadside stall catering to motorists and workers in nearby offices in Quezon City, east of Manila, Philippines. EPA/ROLEX DELA PENA

MANILA, Philippines – The number of Filipino families who said they experienced hunger has dropped in the months of July to September, according to a survey released by the Social Weather Stations (SWS) on Wednesday.

In the poll conducted from Sept. 27 to 30, the SWS found that 9.1 percent or an estimated 2.3 million families experienced involuntary hunger at least once in the past three months.

The figure, the SWS said, is a recovery from the 10 percent or an estimated 2.5 million reported in June 2019 following an increase from the 9.5 percent or about 2.3 million families in March 2019.

Involuntary hunger means that the hunger experienced by the family was due to lack of food to eat.

The SWS said the national quarterly hunger rate is the sum of 7.4 percent or an estimated 1.8 million who experienced moderate hunger, and 1.7 percent or an estimated 426,000 families who experienced severe hunger.

Moderate hunger refers to those who experienced hunger “only once” or “a few times” in the last three months. Meanwhile, severe hunger refers to those who experienced it “often” or “always” in the last three months.

Compared to June 2019 figures, moderate hunger went down from 8.7% or about 2.1 million families, while severe hunger went up from 1.3% or around 320,000 families.

The quarterly decrease in the national hunger rate is due to a drop of 7.4 points in Metro Manila, a decrease of 1.2 points in Balance Luzon, a steady figure in the Visayas, and an increase of 2.9 points in Mindanao.

The survey conducted with 1,800 respondents aged 18 years old and above, using face-to-face interviews, had a sampling error margin of ±2.3% for national percentages.

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