Critics puzzled by drug war support

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ANOTHER survey released on Wednesday by the Social Weather Stations (SWS) has stumped the critics of President Rodrigo Duterte with 77 percent of respondents declaring their support for his effort to rid the country of the menace of illegal drugs.

Presidential Communication Operations Office (PCOO) secretary Martin Andanar, citing a public presentation on Wednesday by Vladymir Licudine, SWS director for survey design, analysis, and training, said the result “clearly shows” the public’s continuing support for the government’s ongoing campaign against illegal drugs.

“Ito ang dahilan kung bakit patuloy nating isusulong ang kampanya laban sa salot na droga.

“Hindi po matitinag ang pamahalaan sa mga ikinakalat na paninira ng iba’t-ibang grupo laban dito. Malinaw na suportado ang Pangulo ng karamihan sa ating kababayan,” Andanar said.

In his presentation, Licudine said 71 percent of the respondents expressed satisfaction by noting the “decreasing” number of those suspected of involvement in the illegal drug trade in their neighborhood.

“I think that is the basic response that I can give you…
“Kasi ‘yun lang naman ang consideration ng tao eh. Nawawala ang drug addicts, I think that’s the basic consideration na tinitingnan ng tao doon sa satisfaction,” Licudine explained.
For the same period covering the month of September last year, support for President Duterte’s campaign against illegal drugs was at a very high 84 percent before it eased down to 77 percent last month, a figure that is still “very high” despite efforts by government critics to totally stop the anti-drug campaign.
An earlier survey released by the SWS covering the same period, September 23 to September 27, and which showed a decline in the trust rating of President Duterte to 67 percent has been used by his political opponents as another argument to stop the war on illegal drugs.
But according to Andanar, they expect a “resurgence” in the President’s trust rating in the coming days.
On its second year and with the campaign against illegal drugs, corruption and criminality starting to show significant, positive results, Andanar said focusing on improving the lives of the poor and boosting the economy would be the next priority of the Duterte administration.
“Nakatuon ang ating pamahalaan sa pagtatayo ng mga imprastraktura na malaki ang maibibigay na ayuda sa ating ekonomiya.
“At kapag nariyan na ang mga proyektong ito ay natural na dadami ang oportunidad para magkatrabaho ang ating mga kababayan.

“Pangmatagalang solusyon ang ating tugon sa problema sa kahirapan,” Andanar said.