The latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey has found that President Rodrigo Duterte’s campaign against illegal drug use and trade continues to enjoy high net satisfaction ratings among respondents, earning it a ‘very good’.
The 2018 SWS second quarter survey’s results show that at least 78 percent of all respondents say they are satisfied with the Duterte administration’s war on drugs. 13 percent of respondents reported to be dissatisfied, which 9 percent were undecided. The SWS reports a net satisfaction rating of +65 percent, which is one point higher than the results of the survey for the same period last year. It is also 3 percent better than results of the 2018 first quarter survey.
In Mindanao, the approval is even higher. The region reports a ‘excellent’ or +84 net satisfaction with the campaign.
“This is a testament that the drug war continues to enjoy broad support of our people,” said Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque. He added that the results fly in the face of detractors and critics of the administration, who aim to “politicize the issue or discredit the campaign’s success.”
“Filipinos aspire for a crime-free society which can be realized by stopping the spread of criminality and fighting the scourge of drugs,” Roque said in a statement.
Some criticism of the campaign targets a specific measure meant to curb loitering and ‘tambay’, saying these arrests are a violation of human rights. Roque said Duterte has already clarified that he did not order the arrest of ‘tambays’. Authorities have issued guidelines regarding the protocol for ‘tambay’ situations wherein those without violations will not be brought to police stations.