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

Robie de Guzman   •   July 23, 2019   •   1083

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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.

SWS says Robredo, Arroyo net satisfaction ratings dropped in 2019 Q2

Robie de Guzman   •   July 24, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The net satisfaction ratings of Vice President Leni Robredo and former House Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo went down in the second quarter of 2019, a survey conducted by the Social Weather Stations (SWS) revealed Tuesday (July 23).

The survey, conducted from June 22 to 26, showed that 57 percent of the 1,200 respondents were satisfied with Robredo’s performance while 29 percent were dissatisfied.

Robredo got a net score of +28 or “moderate” from +42 or “good” in March after a drop in all areas except Metro Manila, the pollster said.

“Compared to March 2019, the June 2019 survey found double-digit declines in Vice-Pres. Robredo’s net satisfaction rating in all basic socio-demographics, except for the single-digit changes among class E (down from +50 to +42), the 18 to 24-year olds (up slightly from +29 to +30), and college graduates (up from +6 to +13),” the SWS noted.

Arroyo, meanwhile, received a -20 or “poor” net rating after 29 percent said they were satisfied and 49 percent were dissatisfied with the former president’s performance towards the end of her term as House speaker.

Arroyo’s score is three points down from her previous score of -17.

“The 3-point decline in the overall net satisfaction rating of Speaker Macapagal-Arroyo was due to decreases of 7 points in Balance Luzon and 4 points in Metro Manila, combined with increases of 3 points in the Visayas and 1 point in Mindanao,” the pollster said.

Arroyo’s net satisfaction stayed poor in Balance Luzon and Mindanao, bad in Metro Manila while it rose from poor to neutral in the Visayas.

On the other hand, Senate President Vicente Sotto III and Supreme Court Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin maintained their “very good” and “moderate” ratings, getting +60 and +13, respectively.

The SWS survey showed that 72 percent were satisfied and 13 percent were dissatisfied with Sotto’s performance; while 37 percent of the respondents said they were satisfied with Bersamin’s work and 24 percent were not.

The survey also found that the public’s perception of the Senate stayed “very good” at +63, while the House of Representatives and the Supreme Court received record-highs “good” at +48 and “very good” at +54, respectively.

The SWS said its June 2019 survey has a sampling error margins of ±3% for national percentages, and ±6% each for Metro Manila, Balance Luzon, the Visayas, and Mindanao.

More Filipinos go hungry in Q2 this year – SWS

Robie de Guzman   •   July 23, 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.

CJ Bersamin on UNHRC reso: Other countries cannot intervene in PH affairs

Marje Pelayo   •   July 19, 2019

UNHRC Hall | Courtesy: United Nations Facebook page

MANILA, Philippines – Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin called the United Nation Human Rights Council’s (UNHRC) adoption of a resolution to probe human rights situation in the country as ‘minority’ since only 18 countries voted for it.

Though his statement was brief, Bersamin said other countries have no reason to intervene with Philippine affairs especially its policies.

“Mukhang tama nga naman sina Secretary Panelo dahil minority resolution lang iyan. But you know, I am a member of the Judiciary and kailangan ipilit kong sabihin sa ngayon wala naman kami nakikitang dapat lamang na manghimasok ang taga ibang bansa,” the Chief Justice said in support of Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo’s position on the matter.

(It seems Sec. Panelo was right because that’s only a minority resolution. But you know I am a member of the Judiciary and for now, I am compelled to speak. So far, I see no reason for other countries to meddle in our affairs.)

“Other than that, hindi na ko magsasalita (I won’t say anything more). I cannot be the architect of our foreign affairs,” he added.

The Palace previously called the resolution an insult to the Filipinos.

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), however, clarified that the Philippines will not cut its ties with any member of the human rights body. — with reports from Mai Bermudez

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