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most filipinos back duterte's martial law

DA NANG, Vietnam—The Third Quarter 2017 Social Weather Survey, fielded on Sept. 23-27, found that more than half of the adult population of 106 million Filipinos agree with President Rodrigo Duterte’s proposal to Congress for the extension of the proclamation of martial law in the whole of Mindanao until the end of the year.

It had sampling error margins of ±3 percent for national percentages. 

There are no official figures on how many constitute the adult population.

The latest Social Weather Stations survey revealed that the survey, fielded among 1,500 respondents, showed 54 percent of adult Filipinos agreed with Duterte’s decision to ask Congress for the extension of martial law. 

Of this number, 31 percent strongly agree, while 22 percent somewhat agree, correctly rounded. 

Another 30 percent said they disagreed with the proposal to Congress to extend martial law in the whole of Mindanao until Dec. 31. 

This gives a net agreement score of +24, classified by SWS as moderately strong.

The September 2017 survey also found another 54 percent agreed and 28 percent disagreed with Congress’ July 22 decision to approve PRRD’s proposal to extend martial law in Mindanao.

Net satisfaction with Duterte’s performance, meanwhile, was a moderate +12 among those who opposed his proposal to extend Martial Law in Mindanao, lower compared to those who supported his proposal (very good +68) and those who were undecided (good +46).

Net satisfaction with the overall National Administration was a good +34 among those who opposed President Duterte’s proposal, lower compared to those who supported it (excellent +72) and those who were undecided (very good +57).

The Third Quarter 2017 Social Weather Report findings on public satisfaction with the performance of Duterte and the overall National Administration were reported on Oct. 8, 2017 and Oct. 19, 2017, respectively.

In a news briefing at Da Nang, Vietnam, Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque said they were thankful that many Filipinos still supported the extension of the Martial Law as shown in the latest survey.

“We’re certainly thankful that the majority of the Filipino people have shown support for the declaration of martial law,” Roque told reporters. 

“So it could be that the number of individuals supporting could still increase,” he added. 

Roque said the declaration of martial law “was very much justified” and that the Palace appreciated “the support of the people for such a declaration.” John Paolo Bencito

“We stress that the declaration of martial law was necessary to deal with actual terrorism in Marawi. It was not just a threat. It resulted in actual fighting and it lasted more than 50 days.”

Topics: Social Weather Survey , Martial Law , President Rodrigo Duterte
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