MANILA, Philippines — Eight in every 10 Filipinos interviewed by the Pulse Asia survey nationwide support the anti-drug war of the Duterte administration. Two percent is unsupportive while the remaining percentage is indecisive. The survey was taken from September 24 to 30 2017.
However, though many support the anti-drug war, 73% from all areas and classes believe in extrajudicial killings (EJKs) while the campaign is being implemented.
This percentage increased from the 67% in June 2017.
Many Filipinos are also aware of the case of Kian delos Santos, the 17-year old boy who was killed in a questionable anti-illegal drug operation by some members of the Northern Police District on August 16.
Seventy-six percent also expressed concern about the possibility that the case of Kian might happen to them or their families because of the anti-drug war.
The Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa admitted that there are those who were killed in the anti-drug war but these are not EJKs.
“Critics keep on labeling the casualties as EJKs to the public. EJK, EJK so that is what the people think. Those who die in the drug, we don’t deny that. However [it becomes different because] we don’t share the same meaning when we say EJK,” said Dela Rosa.
President Duterte has been saying he is unfazed by ratings and will continue working to deliver what he promised to the Filipinos.
“Now, the ratings, though I would get zero, I don’t care. I will still work because that is what I promised. If I die or be imprisoned because of that, I’m sorry. What matters is that I’m satisfied after fulfilling what I promised for the Philippines, that is my personal satisfaction,” said the president. — Rosalie Coz | UNTV News and Rescue
Pulse Asia: wage hike, rising inflation top concerns of majority of Filipinos
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MANILA, Philippines — Majority of Filipinos want the Duterte government to focus more on urgent national issues such as wage increase, price control on basic commodities and reducing poverty.
This is revealed in the latest “Ulat ng Bayan” survey conducted by Pulse Asia released Tuesday.
The Pulse Asia survey, conducted from March 23 to 28 on 1,200 respondents, reveals that 50 percent of Filipinos believe salary increase is the most urgent issue that the government needs to address. Meanwhile, 45 percent think it was controlling inflation.
Urgent national concerns included poverty reduction with 35 percent and job creation with 32 percent.
Only a small percentage of the respondents considered territorial defense (6%,) anti-terrorism efforts (4%,) and charter change (3%) as immediate.
From the results of the survey, the pollster concluded that Filipinos are more urgent concerned about economic issues than political controversies.
Malacañang affirmed the result of the survey.
“Pareho naman po ng concern yan ng ating presidente. Mas komportableng buhay din ang nais nating ibigay sa ating mga kababayan. So nagtutugma po ang kagustuhan ating mga mamamayan doon sa nais makamit ni President Duterte,” Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque said.
(The president has the same concerns. We want to provide a comfortable life to all Filipinos. The aspirations of the people match the goals of the president.)
Among the controversial issues relating to economics during the time of the survey were: increase in inflation rate by 3.9% between January and February 2018; increase in the power rates of the Manila Electric Company and the Boracay closure. — Nel Maribojoc | UNTV News & Rescue
Palace: Trump’s support on Duterte’s war on drugs, more important vs. reports
MANILA, Philippines — Malacañang has refused to pay attention to the latest report of US State Department that expresses alarm over President Rodrigo Duterte’s “war on drugs”.
Based on the report, the cases of extrajudicial killings are the “chief human rights concern” in the Philippines which shows “a sharp rise with the onset of the anti-drug campaign in 2016”.
But Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said the report directly contradicts US President Donald Trump’s statements which support the anti-drug war.
“Given what we heard from President Trump, let’s just say it exists but we prefer to hold on to the words of President Trump. He is, after all, the president,” Roque said. — UNTV News & Rescue
Pulse Asia: Poe leads 2019 mid-term polls’ ‘Magic 12’
MANILA, Philippines — Incumbent Senator Grace Poe tops the latest Pulse Asia’s “Ulat ng Bayan” national survey of possible contenders in the May 2019 mid-term elections.
Poe ranked first with 70.8% while Senator Cynthia Villar and former Senator now Taguig Representative Pia Cayetano come second with 55.6% rating.
Also coming out strong are re-electionists Senator Nancy Binay and Senator Sonny Angara followed by Davao City Mayor Sarah Duterte-Carpio.
Other names included in the so-called “Magic 12” are Senate President Koko Pimentel; former Senators Sergio Osmeña, Lito Lapid, and Jinggoy Estrada; broadcaster Erwin Tulfo; and former PNP Chief Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa., respectively.
The survey conducted from March 23 to 28, 2018 was based on a sample of 1,200 respondents. It has a plus-minus 3% error margin at the 95% confidence level for national percentages. — Marje Navarro – Pelayo | UNTV News & Rescue