SWS Survey: Duterte’s anti-drug war gets ‘excellent’ score

MANILA — President Rodrigo Duterte’s intensified campaign against illegal drugs scored “excellent” ratings in the latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey released on October 6.

The SWS survey showed 84 percent of Filipinos satisfied with the ongoing war against illegal drugs, with only 8 percent dissatisfied. That yielded an “excellent” net satisfaction rating of +76 (percent satisfied minus percent dissatisfied).

SWS classifies net satisfaction ratings of +70 and above as “excellent”, +50 to +69 as “very good”, +30 to +49 as “good”; +10 to +29 as “moderate”; +9 to -9 as “neutral”, -10 to -29 as “poor”, -30 to -49 as “bad”; -50 to -69 as “very bad”, and -70 and below as “execrable.”

“This validates his [referring to Pres. Duterte] landslide victory in the May elections based on his campaign pledge to eliminate the drug menace,” Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar said, referring to the latest SWS survey.

The same SWS survey revealed that 83 percent of respondents mentioned that the administration’s anti-drug war “does not discriminate by class.”

Andanar took notice of the 71 percent rating that reflected respondents’ position regarding extrajudicial killings. SWS said it is “very important” to nab drug sspects alive, which is exactly in line with Pres. Duterte’s clear instruction to law enforcers.

“The Duterte administration does not condone summary execution or extrajudicial killing of drug suspects. The Philippine National Police is investigating all cases of extrajudicial killings and will prosecute the perpetrators to the full extent of the law,” Andanar said.

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