QUEZON CITY, Philippines – The latest Pulse Asia survey revealed that two in three Filipinos or 67% were not in favor of the proposed change in the 1987 Constitution.
The survey, which was released on Monday (July 16), showed 37% totally opposed the changing of the Constitution while 30% disapproved it at present but may be open for a charter change in the future.
In the same survey, conducted from June 15 to 21, showed that 62 percent were not in favor of federalism while 28 percent were in favor.
The survey was done among 1,800 respondents nationwide two weeks before the Consultative Committee submitted its final draft proposal for a federal constitution to President Rodrigo Duterte.
In reaction to the survey, Malacañang said it expects less support from the people because they know only a little about Charter Change or Federalism.
“There is clearly much work to be done in terms of spreading awareness and knowledge on the aforementioned issue. We will therefore exert even more effort to inform and educate our citizens about federalism since the approval of the proposed changes in our current Charter ultimately lies in the hands of Filipino people,” said Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque.
For House Deputy Speaker Gwendolyn Garcia, having less support from the public does not mean the government to back out of its plan towards federal shift.
But according to the pollster, the public may want the government to focus more on pertinent matters other than changing the Constitution and shifting to a new form of government.
“Hindi nangangahulugan na por que at nag-information campaign, automatically magiging aprubado na ng nakakarami sa tao, dahil maaaring tingin nila, “Hindi ba kayang i-address ang aming concerns using the present system or present provisions?” said Pulse Asia research Director Ana Maria Tabunda. – Rosalie Coz / Marje Pelayo