SWS: More Pinoys prefer peace with MILF

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Months after the infamous Mamasapano incident, many Filipinos still believe that talking peace rather than waging a war is a “more effective” way of dealing with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).

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A Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey conducted from March 20 to 23 found that 45 percent of Filipinos prefer peace negotiations with the MILF while only 20 percent believe that the government should undertake military action against the group.

The remaining 35 percent said military operations and peaceful negotiations are equally effective.

“In 12 national surveys since December 1999, peaceful negotiations have consistently been seen as more effective in dealing with the MILF compared to military operations,” the SWS noted.

The survey was conducted amid ongoing controversy surrounding the death of the 44 commandos of the Philippine National Police-Special Action Force in Mamasapano, Maguindanao, last January.

But the SWS also noted that those who said peaceful negotiations are more effective declined by 17 points from 62 percent during the same period in 2014.

On the other hand, those who prefer military operations rose 11 points from 9 percent, while those who said military operations and peaceful negotiations are equally effective rose six points from 29 percent.

Despite the recent drop in March 2015, the ratio of those who prefer peaceful negotiations to those who prefer military operations is two to one, SWS pointed out.

On issues about peace efforts compared to December 2014, the administration’s net rating is down by 18 points from +40 on defending the country’s territorial rights; down by 18 points from +15 on reconciliation with Muslim rebels; and down by 20 points from +17 on reconciliation with communist rebels.

The SWS also noted 48 percent of Filipinos were satisfied, 23 percent neither satisfied nor dissatisfied and 29 percent dissatisfied with the national government’s performance in general.

This resulted in a net satisfaction rating of +19 (percent satisfied minus percent dissatisfied), which the SWS considers “moderate.”

It was a 15-point fall and a one-grade downgrade from the “good” +34 (58 percent satisfied, 29 percent dissatisfied) in December 2014.

The SWS considers scores of +70 and above as “excellent”; +50 to +69 “very good”; +30 to +49 “good”; +10 to +29 “moderate”; +9 to -9 “neutral”; -10 to -29 “poor”; -30 to -49 “bad”; -50 to -69 “very bad”; and -70 and below “execrable.”

The question on effective means in dealing with the MILF is part of a module on the Mamasapano incident and the Bangsamoro Basic Law, which were included in the survey by the SWS in partnership with The Asia Foundation.

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6 Comments

  1. Crisostomo Ibarra on

    Yup!! majority of Filipinos prefer to have peaceful negotiation with the MILF but that does not mean they are for the passage of BBL.

  2. D2 naman ako Hindi maniniwala! SWS should state who spent for the survey and what were the questions ask. Baka naman ang tanong ay: which group do you want to partner in peace in Mindanao , MILF or MNLF? Parang cara y Cruz iyan, dalawa angpangara ng kalaban hindi ka mananalo.

  3. The Minority of Filipinos want …. blah blah blah….

    45% is less than 50.000% so “minority”.

    But of course, even 39% with the PCOS machines is enough to win Malakanyang, so all is fair in propapagandizing.

  4. Stop doing surveys! Let us examine what BBL is. Survey do not determine the constitutionality of BBL the survey does not help because it only tells the MILF that the majority of Filipinos does not have the stomach to deal with the terrorism!

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    So what;s wrong with this survey? It shows that less than the majority of the people like to pass the BBL!