Malacañang hits Social Weather Stations (SWS) claiming the research institute came up with “leading and pointed” questions in its latest survey showing that majority of Filipinos doubt police accounts on drug-related killings.
The SWS released on Wednesday that 54 percent of Filipinos agree with the test statement: “Marami sa mga pinatay ng mga pulis sa kampanya laban sa ilegal na droga ay hindi totoong nanlaban sa pulis.” (Many of those killed by the police in the anti-drug campaign did not put up resistance.)
20 percent of the 54 percent respondents “strongly agree” with the test statement, while 34 percent “somewhat agree.”
25 percent were “undecided,” 12 percent “somewhat disagree” and 8 percent “strongly disagree.”
Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella expressed dismay over the survey. He said it “contains leading and pointed questions that may have unduly influenced the answers of respondents.”
“We expect pollsters to exercise prudence and objectivity to arrive at a closer approximation of public sentiment,” he added in a statement.
The survey also showed that nearly half of the respondents, or 49 percent, agree that many of those killed in police anti-drug operations were not really drug peddlers. 24 percent disagree to this and 27 percent were undecided.
The survey was conducted from June 23 to 26 this year using face-to-face interviews of 1,200 respondents aged 18 years and above, with 300 each in Metro Manila, Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.
The survey has a sampling error margin of ±3 percent for national percentages, and ±6 percent each for Metro Manila, Balance of Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.
According to police figures, some 3,800 have been killed in legitimate police anti-illegal drug operations since Duterte assumed position.
Human rights groups and administration critics, however, believe the actual death toll has already reached 13,000, citing cases of people being killed in unexplained circumstances.
The government has time and again asserted that it does not sanction executions and that it does not tolerate police abuses of any kind.
Images: Inquirer | SWS