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SWS: Most Filipinos believe cops are involved in drugs, EJK, planting of evidence

by Aileen Cerrudo   |   Posted on Thursday, February 28th, 2019

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QUEZON CITY, Philippines — The Social Weather Stations survey (SWS) showed that 68 percent of Filipinos believe that the allegations against policemen accused of involvement in illegal drug trade, are true.

With regard to policemen who are being linked to extra-judicial killings, 66 percent of Filipinos believe the accusations to be true.

Meanwhile, 58 percent of Filipinos believe that policemen are also guilty of planting evidence against arrested suspects.

The survey was conducted from December 16-19, 2018 through face-to-face interviews of 1,440 adults, aged 18 years old and above, nationwide.

The Philippine National Police (PNP), has previously announced that they will intensify internal cleansing of their ranks to identify policemen involved in anomalous activities such as illegal drug trade. This was after two cops in Ormoc city were nabbed during a buy-bust operation.

“The arrest of these policemen proves that we are relentless in our internal cleansing campaign. We will not tolerate this kind of illegal activity as those arrested will face criminal and administrative charges,” Chief Supt. Ariel Arcinas, PNP Eastern Visayas deputy regional director, told reporters on February 21.

PNP Spokesperson P/SSupt. Bernard Banac reiterated that the PNP follows a proper process in fighting illegal drugs and respects human rights and the value of life.

“Katunayan nito, mayroon na tayong mga bilang nga mga PNP personnel na na-dismis na, nasibak na sa pagiging pulis nila. Naibahagi natin kanina, na yung mga uniformed personnel ay 69. Lahat po na yan ay natanggal na sa PNP at hindi natin gusto na sila ay manatili sa ating hanay. At yung pong mga napaulat noon na may na-involve na pulis natin sa pagpatay, well, yun po ay kinasuhan, inaresto, nakakulong ngayon,” Banac said.

(In fact, we have a number of PNP personnel who have been dismissed. We reported a number of 69 uniformed personnel, all of them were dismissed from PNP. We do not want them to remain in our ranks. Those policemen involved in killing have been charged and arrested. They are now detained.) — Aileen Cerrudo with reports from PNA

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Duterte 4th SONA generally peaceful, orderly – PNP

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Tuesday, July 23rd, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Monday said President Rodrigo Duterte’s fourth State of the Nation Address (SONA) was generally peaceful and orderly.

According to PNP Spokesperson Police Brigadier General Bernard Banac, no untoward incident was reported despite mass actions staged by pro and anti-Duterte groups before the president delivered his speech.

Around 14,000 cops were deployed in different parts of Metro Manila to monitor peace and order situation during the conduct of protests in line with Duterte’s SONA.

Banac noted that the rallies carried out by various organizations were conducted peacefully and participants continue to disperse voluntarily.

“Mass actions carried out by cause-oriented groups and some pro-government organizations have been conducted peacefully and participants continue to disperse voluntarily with no major untoward incident reported in all areas of engagement where public assemblies were held coinciding with the State of the Nation Address of President Rodrigo Duterte,” he said in a statement.

Despite this, Banac assured that the National Police will continue to be alert and ready to respond to any crime cases.

“The PNP remains vigilant to prevent occurrence of crimes and ready to respond to any emergency or call for assistance,” he said.

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

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Tuesday, July 23rd, 2019

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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.

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More Filipinos go hungry in Q2 this year – SWS

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Tuesday, July 23rd, 2019

Courtesy: Cerilo Ebrano/PVI-PRESS

MANILA, Philippines – The number of Filipino families who experienced hunger slightly went up in the second quarter of the year, a survey conducted by the Social Weather Stations (SWS) revealed Monday (July 22).

In the nationwide survey conducted from June 22 to 26, the SWS found that 10 percent or an estimated 2.5 million families experienced involuntary hunger at least once in the past three months.

The pollster said this figure is slightly higher than the 9.5 percent or an estimated 2.3 million Filipinos recorded in March 2019.

The measure of Hunger refers to involuntary suffering since the survey question specifies that the hunger experienced was due to lack of food to eat.

The SWS said the 10 percent nationwide quarterly hunger rate in June is the sum of 8.7 percent or an estimated 2.1 million families who experienced moderate hunger, and 1.3 percent or an estimated 320,000 families who experienced severe hunger.

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

The SWS noted that the rise in the nationwide Hunger rate comes after a decrease of 3.8 percentage points within the previous three quarters.

From 13.3 percent or an estimated 3.1 million families in September 2018, it subsided to 10.5 percent in December, and then to 9.5 percent in March 2019.

The pollster, however, said the increase happened only among the self-rated poor and self-rated food poor families.

Self-Rated Poverty measures the proportion of respondents rating their family as poor, while Self-Rated Food Poverty refers to respondents rating the food their family eats as poor.

Among self-rated poor families, the Hunger rate went up by 4.3 points, from 11.9 percent in March (estimated 1.1 million families) in March, to 16.2 percent (estimated 1.8 million families) in June.

In contrast, it went down by 3 points among self-rated non-poor families, from 7.9% in March, to 4.9% in June.

While among self-rated food poor families, it went up from 14.2 percent (estimated 959,000 million families) in March, to 17.3 percent (estimated 1.5 million families) in June.

It went down by 1.6 points among self-rated non-food poor families from 7.7 percent in March, to 6.1 percent in June.

The SWS said that by area, the nationwide quarterly Hunger incidence of 10% consists of 15.7 percent in Metro Manila, 9.3 percent in Balance Luzon, 8.7 percent in the Visayas, and 9.0 percent in Mindanao.

The SWS June 2019 survey, conducted with 1,200 respondents, has sampling error margins of ±3% for national percentages, and ±6% each for Metro Manila, Balance Luzon, the Visayas, and Mindanao.

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