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Survey says unequal law application frowned upon

MORE Filipinos do not see the Duterte administration enforcing the law equally, the latest Pulse Asia survey released Friday showed.

From June to September, the national approval rating for “enforcing the law on all, whether infuential or ordinary people” fell from 74 percent to 67 percent, or a drop of seven percentage points.

This was the steepest decline in approval ratings among 12 national issues that Pulse Asia addressed through face-to-face interviews with 1,200 adults nationwide from Sept. 24 to 30.

“For the period June to September 2017, the only significant change in the national administration’s performance ratings is the decline in the level of appreciation for its efforts to enforce the law equally on all citizens [-7 percentage points],” Pulse Asia said.

Approval for government action to fight criminality fell six percentage points to 78 percent in September, but this was not considered significant because it fell within the survey’s overall error of margin of +/- 3 percentage points, the survey company said.

Approval rating for the government actions to fight corruption also declined, falling to 70 percent in September from 76 percent in June.

The Duterte administration received majority approval ratings for its actions on 10 of 12 national issues covered by the survey, and fell short only in poverty reduction and inflation control.

The approval ratings of the 12 selected national issues were:

Responding to the needs of areas affected by calamities-78 percent; Fighting criminality-78 percent;

Protecting the welfare of OFWs-76 percent; Fighting graft and corruption in government-70 percent:

Stopping the destruction and abuse of our environment-68 percent; Enforcing the law on all, whether influential or ordinary people-67 percent; Increasing peace in the country-67 percent; Defending the integrity of Philippine territory against foreigners-65 percent; Creating more jobs-63 percent; Improving/increasing the pay of workers-58 percent; Reducing the poverty of many Filipinos-49 percent; and Controlling inflation- 45 percent.

Respondents were asked if they approved, disapproved, or were undecided on the national government’s fulfillment of its duties on the 12 issues.

During the survey period, the Senate investigated the smuggling in of P6.4 billion worth of shabu from China through the Bureau of Customs. Other key events during the survey period was the sacking of Caloocan police after the deaths of minors Carl Arnaiz and Reynaldo de Gusman, the 45th anniversary of martial law and the hazing death of law student Horacio Castillo III.

Topics: Filipinos , Duterte administration , Unequal law application , Pulse Asia survey
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