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Many Filipinos doubt cops’ shootout tale—SWS

A GROWING number of Filipinos are doubting claims made by the Philippine National Police that suspects killed in the government’s bloody drug war had put up a fight and resisted arrest, the latest Social Weather Stations poll revealed. 

Indecision is the prevailing sentiment among Filipinos at 45 percent when asked if the police were telling the truth that suspects they killed really resisted them. 

Only 17 percent believed police are telling the truth. 

Some 37 percent said the police were not telling the truth—with 19 percent definitely not telling the truth, 19 percent probably not telling the truth, correctly rounded. 

Net opinion about the truthfulness of the police fell to a significant -20, from a net balance of opinion of only -3 in June 2017. 

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 same survey showed satisfaction with President Rodrigo Duterte and his administration was lowest among those who doubt the police.

Public satisfaction with Duterte was a good +43 among those who believed the police were probably not telling the truth, while it was a moderate +15 among those who believed they were definitely not telling the truth.

It was a very good +60 among those who believed the police were probably telling the truth, and a very good +57 among those who were undecided.

Net satisfaction with the administration was an excellent +78 both among those who believed the police were definitely telling the truth and those who said the police were probably.

Meanwhile, it was very good +65 among those were undecided, a very good +50 among those who believed they were probably not telling the truth, and a good +30 among those who believed they were definitely not telling the truth.

The September 2017 Social Weather Survey, conducted from September 23-27 using face-to-face interviews of 1,500 adults had sampling error margins of ±3 percent for national percentages. 

Topics: Filipinos , Philippine National Police , War on drugs , Social Weather Stations survey , suspects
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