65% of Filipinos say martial law in Mindanao should be lifted by end of 2019

Robie de Guzman   •   December 30, 2019   •   433

MANILA, Philippines – The majority of Filipinos believe that martial law in Mindanao should be lifted by the end of the year, based on the latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey.

In the survey released on Sunday (December 29), the SWS found that 65 percent of Filipinos said that the martial law in the Mindanao region should not go beyond 2019 while 34 percent said it should be extended.

One percent did not provide an answer to the question, “In your opinion, should martial law in Mindanao lapse at end-2019, or be extended for a longer period?”

The SWS said the nationwide survey was conducted from December 13 to 16 by interviewing 1,200 Filipino adult respondents – 300 each in Metro Manila, Balance Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.

The pollster said that of the 34 percent who support the extension of martial law beyond 2019, 22 percent said it should be extended in the entire Mindanao, 7 percent said it should be extended in Marawi City and the province of Lanao del Sur, and 5 percent say it should be extended in Marawi City, the province of Lanao del Sur, and nearby provinces.

The proportion of those who call for the termination of Martial Law in Mindanao by end-2019 is high in all areas: it is 67% in Metro Manila, 67% in the Visayas, 66% in Balance Luzon, and 61% in Mindanao, the SWS added.

In the December 2019 survey, respondents were also asked about their opinion regarding the statement, “At present, there is no more threat that another Marawi-like terrorist attack can happen anywhere in Mindanao.”

To this, 49 percent agreed, and 16 percent disagreed while 35 percent were undecided about the matter.

The SWS said this gives a net agreement score of +33, classified as very strong.

The SWS terminology for Net Agreement: +50 and above, “Extremely Strong”; +30 to +49, “Very Strong”; +10 to +29, “Moderately Strong”, +9 to -9, “Neutral”; -10 to -29, “Moderately Weak”; -30 to -49, “Very Weak”; -50 and below, “Extremely Weak”.

Survey respondents were also asked about their opinion on this statement, “From the time that Martial Law was declared in Mindanao, up to the present, the military has committed very few, if any, abuses of human rights in Mindanao?”

Fifty-five percent agreed, 14 percent disagreed while 32 percent were undecided.

This gives a very strong net agreement score of +41, the SWS said.

Mindanao has been under martial law since 2017 after the Maute Terror group attacked Marawi City.

The martial law was initially set for 60 days, but it was extended until the end of 2017, then until the end of 2018, and until December 31 of 2019.

President Rodrigo Duterte earlier decided he will not be extending martial law in Mindanao following the recommendation and assessment of his security and defense advisers on the situation in the region. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Rosalie Coz)

Adult joblessness drops to 39.5%, marking 6-point decline, SWS survey shows

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 6, 2020

Adult joblessness in the country drops to 39.5% this September, according to the recent Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey.

With its 6-point decline from the record-high of 45.5% last July, adult joblessness, however, still remains high with an estimated 23.7 million jobless adults in September.

Based on the survey, adults who are jobless consist of those who voluntarily left their old jobs, are seeking jobs for the first time, or lost their jobs due to economic circumstances beyond their control. It also showed that two out of five adults lost their livelihood or jobs due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

Nevertheless, the proportion of those who lost their job or livelihood during the pandemic declined from 21% in July 2020 to 14% in September 2020.

The SWS September 17-20, 2020 National Mobile Phone Survey was conducted using mobile phone and computer-assisted telephone interviews to 1,249 adult Filipinos, ages 18 years old and above nationwide. -AAC

8 out of 10 Filipinos follow COVID-19 health protocols—SWS Survey

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 30, 2020

Majority of Filipinos continue to follow minimum health standards for COVID-19 prevention, according to the recent survey of the Social Weather Stations (SWS).

Based on the SWS September 17-20 National Mobile Phone Survey, 79 percent of adult Filipinos always use a face mask when going out of their houses, 67 percent always wash their hands several times a day, while 60 percent always keep physical distance when outside their homes, and 56 percent always use a face shield whenever riding public transportation or going to establishments.

“The proportion of those who always practice Covid-19 prevention measures rose slightly for using a face mask, from 76% in July 2020 to 79% in September 2020. It was at 77% in May 2020. It hardly changed for washing hands, moving from 65% in July 2020 to 67% in September 2020. It was at 68% in May 2020,” the SWS survey stated.

The mobile phone and computer-assisted telephone interview had 1,249 respondents across the country. AAC (with reports from Rosalie Coz)

Duterte vows to support military in fight against extremism in Mindanao

Marje Pelayo   •   August 31, 2020

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte leads the candle-lighting and the offering of flowers at the blast site at Barangay Walled City in Jolo, Sulu on August 30, 2020. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines — For the first time since his fifth State of the Nation Address (SONA), President Rodrigo Duterte made his public appearance to visit Jolo, Sulu.

Specifically, the President visited the sites of the twin explosions that occurred on August 24 which killed a number of soldiers.

He delivered a short speech before the troops at Kuta Heneral Teodulfo Bautista Headquarters where he vowed to give his full support to the military in fighting and eradicating terrorists activities in Mindanao. 

“Bilang isang Pilipino ibibigay ko sa inyo ang lahat ng suporta na kailangan ninyo para matupad ang inyong misyon dito sa Jolo (As a Filipino, I will give you all the support you need to accomplish your mission here in Jolo),” he said. 

“I commit myself to working with you my dear troops to ensure that these terrorists will have no future in this country,” he added.

During the ceremony, the President commended the soldiers who sacrificed their lives for the sake of peace and order in the province. 

President Duterte said that he regrets the situation in Mindanao and added that if not for the atrocities in the region, it could have attained the progress that the province has been aspiring for decades.

“For decades, Mindanao’s progress has been hindered by the threat of insurgency and extremism,” the President said. 

“Kung wala lang sana itong seed of hatred na nakalagay sa isip from generation to generation, sana ngayon maganda na ang buhay para sa lahat, (If only the seeds of hatred had not been planted in the minds of people from generation to generation, quality of life [in the region]would have improved for everyone by now),” he added.

The President appeals to all government forces to continue the fight against terrorism and work hard to achieve long lasting peace in the country. 

“If we cannot really agree,  then we fight and we fight hard hanggang magkaubusan na (until no one is left). Maybe by that time, kung ubos na ang lahat, wala ng giyera (when everyone is gone, the war would finally end)” he said. MNP (with reports from Rosalie COZ)

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