SWS: Filipinos believe PNP ‘not telling the truth’ over ‘nanlaban’ claims

By , on October 24, 2017

FILE: Photo: Noli Ferrer/Facebook.com
FILE: Photo: Noli Ferrer/Facebook.com

More Filipinos believed that “nanlaban” claims are lies, according to the latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey.

The Third Quarter 2017 Social Weather Survey conducted from September 23-27  found out that 37% of Filipinos say the Philippine National Police (PNP) is not telling the truth, up by 9 percentage points from 28 percent in June.

Meanwhile, only 17% of the respondents say the police are telling the truth when they said that the suspects killed resisted arrest. The result is down by 8 percentage points from 25 percent in the June survey.F

Furthermore, 45 percent of Filipinos were still undecided on the issue.

“This brings the net opinion about the truthfulness of the police to a significant -20. This compares with the June 2017 survey, where 25% believed the police, 45% were undecided, and 28% did not believe the police, or a net balance of opinion of only -3,” the SWS said.

Net opinion about the truthfulness of the police was lowest in Metro Manila at -34, followed by Balance Luzon at -31, Visayas at -15, and Mindanao at +3, the survey added.

Despite this, majority of Filipinos said they were satisfied with the performance of President Rodrigo Duterte and his administration, according to the survey.

Among the respondents who said that “nanlaban” claims are lie, 52 percent said they were satisfied with Duterte’s performance, 37 percent were dissatisfied, and 11 percent were undecided

Meanwhile, 56 percent of the respondents, who believed that policemen are “definitely not telling the truth”, said they were satisfied with the government’s performance while 25 percent were dissatisfied.

The survey used face-to-face interviews of 1,500 adults nationwide and asked this question:

“Sa kampanya ng gobyerno laban sa illegal na droga, ang kapulisan po ba ay: Talagang nagsasabi ng totoo; Malamang nagsasabi ng totoo; Hindi tiyak kung nagsasabi ng totoo o hindi; Malamang hindi nagsasabi ng totoo; Talagang hindi nagsasabi ng totoo na ang napapatay nilang suspect ay talagang nanlaban sa kanila?” [In the government’s campaign against illegal drugs, the police are: Definitely telling the truth; Probably telling the truth; Undecided if telling the truth or not; Probably not telling the truth; Definitely not telling the truth that the suspects they killed really resisted them?”]

The SWS added the survey had a sampling error margin of ±3 percent for national percentages, ±4 percent for Balance Luzon, and ±6 percent each for Metro Manila, the Visayas and Mindanao.