MANILA–”It’s a challenge for us.”
This was the reaction of the Philippine National Police (PNP) on Wednesday on the SWS (Social Weather Stations) survey showing a drop in the net satisfaction rating with the government’s campaign against illegal drugs.
In the First Quarter survey of the SWS, the satisfaction rating of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte in his anti-drug war dropped by 11 percent.
“It is still a challenge for us. There are two ways to look at the glass, whether you look at it as half-empty or half-full,” said PNP Public Information Office (PIO) chief and spokesman Senior Supt. Dionardo Carlos in a press conference in Camp Crame, Quezon City.
“It’s beyond 50 percent… so ang makikita ho natin talaga doon it is a challenge for us,” he added.
“If we can raise the figure (on) the acceptance of the public, it would be a good indicator that we have the support of the public but the figures say it’s more than half,” Carlos said.
Likewise, the SWS survey showed that the public acceptance of the government’s all-out war against illegal drugs went down from 85 percent to 78 percent which was collated from 1,200 respondents taken last March 25 all over the country.
“So at that time, we were reestablishing our campaign against illegal drugs,” Carlos said.
The government’s all-out war against illegal drugs resumed last March 6.
Carlos stressed that “the PNP has answered the allegation of over 7,000 EJKs (extra-judicial killings) or summary executions, which we have shown and the chief PNP (Director General Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa) himself showed na hindi ho ganun.”