Filipinos conflicted on police 'nanlaban' claims — SWS

Patricia Lourdes Viray - Philstar.com
Filipinos conflicted on police 'nanlaban' claims � SWS
The body of one of two suspected drug dealers who was killed by police during a drug sting operation in Manila, Philippines, June 8, 2018
Ezra Acayan / NurPhoto via AFP

MANILA, Philippines — A similar number of adult Filipinos share different views on claims of police that killed drug suspects resisted arrested, according to the latest Social Weather Stations survey.

The poll released Tuesday evening found that 26 percent of adult Filipinos do not believe police claims of "nanlaban" drug suspects while 27 percent of the respondents said the police are telling the truth.

A plurality or 47 percent of the respondents were undecided on the matter.

The net opinion on the truthfulness of police claims go down to net zero in June 2018, similar to the -1 in September 2017.

"It was at -20 when SWS first asked the question in December 2016," SWS said.

Net opinion on police claims are lowest in Metro Manila at -25, followed by balance Luzon at -6, then Visayas at -4 and Mindanao at +31.

The latest survey also found that President Rodrigo Duterte had lower net satisfaction among those who said they do not believe police claims.

The president had an excellent +77 among those who said the police are definitely telling the truth while he only scored a neutral +3 among those who said they are definitely not telling the truth.

Meanwhile, 96 percent of Filipinos said it is important for the police to capture drug suspects alive while 4 percent said it is not important.

"This is similar to 95 percent (76 percent very important, 19 percent somewhat important) when the question was first surveyed in September 2017," SWS said.

The poll also showed that 86 percent of Filipinos believe it is important for the police to capture drug suspects alive while 14 percent said otherwise.

A few days ago, SWS also released a survey which found that 78 percent of adult Filipinos were satisfied with the government's so-called war on drugs. It also showed that 13 percent were dissatisfied, which garners a net satisfaction score of +65.

The survey was conducted from June 27 to 30 using face-to-face interviews among 1,200 adults nationwide, with sampling error margins of  ±3 percent for national percentages.

"The Social Weather Survey items on public satisfaction with the administration’s campaign against illegal drugs are not commissioned. They are done on SWS's own initiative and released as a public service," the survey firm said.

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