Majority of Filipinos content with bloody anti-drug campaign

Majority Of Filipinos Content With Bloody Anti-drug Campaign

A great majority in a representative poll amongst 1,200 Filipinos is satisfied with President Rodrigo Duterte’s bloody war on drugs. The quarterly survey by independent domestic research institution Social Weather Stations returned a rating of “excellent” for the three-year campaign, with 82 per cent satisfied due to a perception of less drugs and crime in the country, Reuters reported.

That compared to 12 per cent dissatisfied, because they believed the drug trade was still flourishing and there were too many killings and police abuses. The survey conducted by the pollster in late June had 6 per cent undecided.

It was released two days after the leak of a presidential memo ordering departments and state-run firms to decline loans or aid from the 18 countries of the United Nations Human Rights Council – among them Spain, Britain and Australia – that backed a resolution to investigate Duterte’s crackdown.

Police say they have killed more than 6,700 suspected drug dealers who all resisted arrest, and deny involvement in the mysterious murders of thousands more drug users. They also reject allegations by human rights groups that they have executed targets, falsified reports and tampered with evidence and crime scenes.

Presidential spokesman, Salvador Panelo, said the poll showed that the international community had a warped understanding of what was happening.

“If it’s true that there are human rights violations then the people of this country will rise against this administration,” Panelo said, adding that “policemen just don’t kill at will, they cannot do that,” he added.

Panelo said domestic investigations had been undertaken already, and the UN resolution was “not only unfair, it’s an insult.”

Phil Robertson, deputy Asia director of Human Rights Watch, said domestic surveys showing support for Duterte and his campaign were exactly why an international probe was needed.

“It’s ridiculous to say there is any sort of serious national investigation into these crimes. It’s laughable,” he told news channel ABC-CBN.

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A great majority in a representative poll amongst 1,200 Filipinos is satisfied with President Rodrigo Duterte’s bloody war on drugs. The quarterly survey by independent domestic research institution Social Weather Stations returned a rating of “excellent” for the three-year campaign, with 82 per cent satisfied due to a perception of less drugs and crime in the country, Reuters reported. That compared to 12 per cent dissatisfied, because they believed the drug trade was still flourishing and there were too many killings and police abuses. The survey conducted by the pollster in late June had 6 per cent undecided. It was...

Majority Of Filipinos Content With Bloody Anti-drug Campaign

A great majority in a representative poll amongst 1,200 Filipinos is satisfied with President Rodrigo Duterte’s bloody war on drugs. The quarterly survey by independent domestic research institution Social Weather Stations returned a rating of “excellent” for the three-year campaign, with 82 per cent satisfied due to a perception of less drugs and crime in the country, Reuters reported.

That compared to 12 per cent dissatisfied, because they believed the drug trade was still flourishing and there were too many killings and police abuses. The survey conducted by the pollster in late June had 6 per cent undecided.

It was released two days after the leak of a presidential memo ordering departments and state-run firms to decline loans or aid from the 18 countries of the United Nations Human Rights Council – among them Spain, Britain and Australia – that backed a resolution to investigate Duterte’s crackdown.

Police say they have killed more than 6,700 suspected drug dealers who all resisted arrest, and deny involvement in the mysterious murders of thousands more drug users. They also reject allegations by human rights groups that they have executed targets, falsified reports and tampered with evidence and crime scenes.

Presidential spokesman, Salvador Panelo, said the poll showed that the international community had a warped understanding of what was happening.

“If it’s true that there are human rights violations then the people of this country will rise against this administration,” Panelo said, adding that “policemen just don’t kill at will, they cannot do that,” he added.

Panelo said domestic investigations had been undertaken already, and the UN resolution was “not only unfair, it’s an insult.”

Phil Robertson, deputy Asia director of Human Rights Watch, said domestic surveys showing support for Duterte and his campaign were exactly why an international probe was needed.

“It’s ridiculous to say there is any sort of serious national investigation into these crimes. It’s laughable,” he told news channel ABC-CBN.

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