PHILIPPINE National Police chief Director General Ronald ‘Bato’ M. dela Rosa on Wednesday apologized for the decline in the satisfaction and trust ratings of President Duterte owing to the police’s crackdown on drugs which saw some officers commiting wanton abuses and disregard of human rights.
“We feel guilty, kung totoo yung na-dissatisfied yung tao kay Presidente dahil sa war on drugs na ginagawa namin, we feel guilty. Kami pala ang dahilan bakit naging dissatisifed yung taumbayan kay Presidente dahil sa ginagawa naming war on drugs,” the PNP chief said.
Dela Rosa was referring to the September 2017 Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey which showed an 18-point drop in Duterte’s net satisfaction rating. The SWS also released results of an earlier survey showing 54 percent of Filipinos believe that many suspects killed by the police did not really fight back, contradicting the police’s claim that the suspects resisted arrest.
“We are very guilty, sorry...kami ang nagbigay ng dissatisfaction sa mga tao towards the president,” the PNP chief humbly said.
Government critics including those from the Liberal Party, the Catholic Church and various human rights organizations have taken advantage of the government’s war on drugs to launch a massive propaganda attack against Duterte both here and abroad.
However, officials said they were aghast to find out that the SWS also did a survey which showed that public satisfaction with the war on drugs remain high.
The SWS survey conducted from September 23 to 27 showed that 77 percent of Filipinos remain satisfied with the Duterte administration’s efforts to eradicate illegal drugs.
“Satisfaction is still high. General satisfaction on the drug trade is still high,” Vladymir Licudine, SWS director for Survey Design, Analysis and Training was quoted in a GMA News report as saying.
“It’s now +63 (net satisfaction rating), but you will notice some changes in the different areas. In NCR (National Capital Region), from +77, it’s now +61. Satisfaction is down in NCR, down in Balance Luzon, stayed the same in Visayas but up in Mindanao,” he added.
“We will follow the rule of law in conducting our operations at iiwasan natin hangga’t maaari na magkaroon ng armed confrontation, but if and when the situation calls for it, our agents, just like our counterparts from the police, and other law enforcement agencies, kailangan po naming ipagtanggol ang aming mga sarili, ang aming mga kasamahan at lalong lalo na po yung mga tao na nasa paligid namin habang kami’y nagsasagawa ng operations,” he said.