THE LATEST SWS SURVEY SHOWS:

Pinoys fear getting killed in drug war

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Majority of Filipinos are supportive of President Rodrigo Duterte’s campaign against illegal drugs but are also scared that they, too, will fall victim to extrajudicial killings, a survey conducted by the Social Weather Stations (SWS) showed.

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The poll taken from December 3 to 6 also revealed that most Filipinos believe that drug suspects should be caught alive.

The pollster conducted face-to-face interviews with 1,500 adults nationwide.

Survey results showed that 78 percent of those polled were worried that they or someone they know will also be killed in the drug campaign that has so far claimed at least 6,000 lives.

Of those polled, 45 percent said they were “very worried” that they will be the next victim, 33 percent were “somewhat worried,” 10 percent were “not too worried” while 12 percent “were not worried at all.”

The SWS found that 71 percent of the respondents said it is “very important” that drug suspects be caught alive while 23 percent said it is “somewhat important.”

As of December 13, the Philippine National Police had pegged the number of drug-related deaths at 5,927.

The same survey also showed that 39 percent of the respondents believe that the issue on extrajudicial killings is a “serious” problem. Only three percent think the problem is “not serious at all” while 22 percent were undecided.

A large majority of the respondents, 88 percent, agreed that the Duterte administration has reduced the illegal drug problem in their area.

Meanwhile, the SWS said Filipinos still have trust issues with the Philippine National Police (PNP) when it comes to the implementation of the anti-illegal drugs campaign.

Of the respondents, 28 percent believe that police officers were telling the truth when they said drug suspects were killed because they resisted arrest while 29 percent did not believe the police. Forty-two percent were unsure.

The survey had an error margin of ±3 points.

Not safe

Some senators see the survey results as proof that Filipinos no longer feel safe on the streets.

“Someone is killed every 40 minutes daily and so fear for one’s safety is bound to surface. The only way to address this is to stop the daily killings,” Sen. Francis Pangilinan said on Monday.

Sen. Antonio Trillanes 4th agreed, saying the survey showed that majority of Filipinos are now living in fear. This, he added, debunks the Duterte administration’s claim that people feel safer now.

For Sen. Grace Poe, the fear expressed by most Filipinos “is understandable with the growing number of innocents getting killed.”

Such fear, she said, is further fueled by the apparent inaction against police officers involved in the questionable killing of unarmed victims.

“Sadly one can’t help but think that such fear is exactly what the President wants to achieve as part of his solution to the problem,” Poe added.

Rep. Sherwin Tugna of Citizens Battle Against Corruption party-list said the war on illegal drugs had eroded the people’s trust in the police.

“The campaign to discourage people from being involved in drugs is successful. The citizenry, however, believes that men in uniform are abusing the drug war and vigilante groups are riding on the administration’s anti-drug war, resulting in impunity in extrajudicial killings,” Tugna said in a text message. “The people’s faith in law enforcement should be restored.”

Vice President Maria Leonor Robredo called on Filipinos to express their outrage amid the rampant killings.

“We are bothered that a lot of suspects were killed in police operations. This is bothersome because our law enforcement agents should lead the way in following the rule of law. If it is the police who are killing people, then the public won’t come to them for help anymore,” Robredo said in a chance interview in Naga City, Camarines Sur.

“We need to be vocal, not afraid. Many people have warned us against speaking out about this, but we can’t keep silent just because we are afraid. We need to give a voice to those who are fearful. We can’t just stay on the side and watch [them kill],” she added.

Sen. Gregorio Honasan 2nd, however, defended the bloody war on drugs.

“Unless we intervene on the streets, schools and our homes, nothing will really happen,” Honasan said in an interview with reporters.

“We have to go through this painful dark stage in our history until these reforms are in place and develop traction,” he added.

Malacanang, however, gave assurances that anti-drug operations are “not aimed at poor, innocent, hapless individuals.”

“Extrajudicial killings are not state-sponsored and we denounce riding-in-tandem murders perpetrated by common criminals wrongly attributed in news reports as part of police operations,” Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar said.

“Murder is murder. What our authorities are conducting are legitimate police operations that require observance of operational protocols. Police authorities who violate procedures are made to answer before the law.

Suspected drug personalities who resist and fight back with arms have to be dealt with appropriately. The proper enforcement of our laws requires the use of reasonable force merited by the attendant circumstances,” he added.

WITH LLANESCA T. PANTI

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23 Comments

  1. Kung hindi ka ba naman gumagamit o nagtutulak bakit ka matatatok. 78% ayon sa survey ay involved in drugs?? Baka naman hindi tama.

  2. It is really scary to be on the streets. You can never tell when troubles set in. But, it is also incumbent upon every citizen to be wary. Only they could take care of themselves when they are out of the safety of their abode. The law enforcers definitely cannot handle the job of watching them and protecting everyone of them. Accidents happen and we don’t want to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.

  3. “78 percent of those polled were worried that they or someone they know will also be killed in the drug campaign” – Ang dami palang na interview na drug pusher or close friend ng drug pusher…

  4. Ikaw talaga trillanes papansin ka talaga. Wala ka na ngang naitutulong sa pilipinas ganyan ka pa. Magbabagong taon na. Magbagong Buhay ka na

  5. Ano Mas gugustuhin nyo? Drug addict ang mamuhay boss dito sa bansa o tayong matitino? Isipin nyo kinabukasan natin. Wag tayo papaniwala Kay trillanes

  6. Hadlang ka talaga sa pag babago kahit kailan trillanes! Wala ka ng nadulot na maganda sa pilipinas!!

  7. Langya ka naman trillanes. Ano pa ba magagawa mo? Bakit sakanila may concern ka? E sa mismong biktima? Sa mismong nabiktima ng mga addict na yan. Naaawa ka ba?

  8. Minsan talaga mapapamura ka na lang Kay trillanes e. Lahat pinapalaki. Hindi naman si digong may gawa nan. Try mo kaya ask sa mga ka-dilawan mo

  9. Wag ka na trillanes. Para Magtino na din yang mga yan. Pag hindi mo sinample-an hindi yan titigil. Duterte e. Kaya ikaw trillanes wag ka na mangialam!

  10. Noon pa man binalaan na sila ni duterte. Tapos ngayon trillanes sisingit singit ka. Napaka shunga mo din e no?

  11. The Devil is at it again. Those paid surveys is absolutely a hoax—its ulterior motive is to bring down the government sore losers hated so much.
    True supporters of the President support him all the way. It is never a hate and love relationship. What is being insinuated in the feigned poll results is the deceptive scheming of satan. Satan , being the crafty devil that he is , utilizes poll surveys to condition the mind of the populace. Increase and decrease is his subtle way of deceiving people—he first make high praises then all of a sudden , make retraction.
    And it is highly evident in these words , “Majority of Filipinos are supportive of President Rodrigo Duterte’s campaign against illegal drugs but are also scared that they, too, will fall victim to extrajudicial killings, a survey conducted by the Social Weather Stations (SWS) showed.”
    At the onset , it is positive then suddenly it turns negative. This is the mind of Satan in action. This is how the Devil deceives people waylaying those who are lacking in faith. You see , Satan is a YES AND NO demon who terrorizes the sinners but has no power over true believers!

  12. Jaime Dela Cruz on

    “Some senators see the survey results as proof that Filipinos no longer feel safe on the streets.”

    The senators should look at the cctv footage on Divisoria and other shopping areas which are teeming with people “who do not feel safe on the streets”.

    “We are bothered that a lot of suspects were killed in police operations. This is bothersome because our law enforcement agents should lead the way in following the rule of law. If it is the police who are killing people, then the public won’t come to them for help anymore,” Robredo said in a chance interview in Naga City, Camarines Sur.
    ” OUR LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENTS SHOULD LEAD THE WAY ON FO;;OWING THE RULE OF LAW”. Isn’t that exactly what most of the police are doing? They are leading the way in eliminating the lawless people who are poisoning our youths and robing our citizens of their resources, dignity and in some cases their lives. Yes, I agree with Robredo that we should voice out and ignore the fear of reprisal. But we should voice out against the drug pushers and their handlers/protectors in government. I yet have to hear Robredo speak out against the drug pushers and users or give a minute or two about the ills of drugs in her many speeches around the country.

  13. Yes, my mommy is worried about Duterte’ s Misfire through Policemen who are corrupt. We live in Sampaloc, and she said that our community is filled with ugly moral people| we even have the Election 2016 Comeleak Hacker Paloy living within our street/ Barangay :P

    It is the misuse of Digong’ s Policemen that is scary| at Western Police District 4, there’ s some Officers who heckles at me: is that a proper conduct on Duterte’ s Police Force? Tsk! Tsk!

  14. We’d rather be afraid of MAYBE getting killed this way WITH the criminals and stuff than ABSOLUTELY get killed BY the same criminals.

  15. Police authorities who violate procedures are made to answer before the law.
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    That is not true at all, The police who murdered the mayor in his jail cell are being protected by no less than the president who said he will not allow them to go to prison.

    Just another example of the government saying one thing and doing another

  16. It’s open season in the Philippines….They should find a way to control it before it gets out of hand…..

  17. 1500 respondents, 3 dumb senators, 1 clueless VP., out of 100million people DOES NOT CONSTITUTE A SURVEY!

    We are more still more fearful of addicts still roaming the streets committing crimes, Politicians and Senators WHO ARE STILL NOT JAIL calling themselves ‘honorable’ on TV giving speeches, yellows who are destabilizing the govt., and FAKE NEWS!. – thats more scary!