Pinoys satisfied with drug war, believe crime went down

MANILA — A great majority of Filipinos remains satisfied with the performance of the Duterte administration in its campaign against illegal drugs, according to the fourth quarter survey of the Social Weather Stations (SWS).

Conducted from Dec. 3 to 6, the SWS survey showed a satisfaction rating of 85 percent, a notch higher than the 84 percent recorded last quarter.

“We are thankful to the Filipino people for their continued expression of satisfaction on the Duterte administration’s war against illicit drugs. The success of the first phase of President Duterte’s war against illegal drugs is evident,” Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar said.

The fourth quarter survey also showed a sizeable 88 percent of Filipinos saying there has been a decrease in drug problem in their areas since President Rodrigo Duterte took office on June 30.

When it comes to the government’s seriousness in solving killings under investigation, the same SWS survey found 70 percent of Filipinos believing the Duterte administration is serious about solving these cases.

“Killings under investigation are not state-sponsored,” Andanar reiterated, “Many of these murders are perpetrated by common criminals wrongly attributed in news reports as part of police operations,” he added.

The Duterte administration assures the Filipino public that it respects the law and uphold the basic rights of our people, regardless of beliefs and political persuasions.