By Argyll Cyrus Geducos & Ellalyn De Vera-Ruiz
Malacañang on Wednesday welcomed the result of the latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey showing that majority of Filipinos support the implementation of martial law in Mindanao to combat the threat of terrorism in the island.
Based on the latest survey, conducted a month after President Duterte signed Proclamation No. 216, among the 92 percent of Filipinos who are aware of the declaration, 57 percent said declaring martial law was the right decision.
Twenty-nine percent of the 1,200 respondents said martial law should have been declared only in Marawi City and the province of Lanao del Sur, while 11 percent said it should have been declared in Marawi City alone.
Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella, in a statement, said the Filipinos understand that the situation in Marawi City was critical enough and called for the declaration of martial law and suspension of the privilege of the writ of habeas corpus in the entire Mindanao.
“The positive public response indicates that they believe the factual and legal basis of the proclamation of martial law for Mindanao,” Abella said Wednesday morning.
The survey showed that the proportion of those who said declaring Martial Law in Mindanao was the right decision was highest among those in Mindanao at 64 percent, followed by Metro Manila at 58 percent, Visayas at 57 percent, and the rest of Luzon at 53 percent.
The survey also showed that 63 percent disapprove of the declaration of Martial Law in the Visayas. Twenty-three percent agreed, while 13 percent were undecided about the matter.
Furthermore, Filipinos were not keen on declaring Martial Law in Luzon at 67 percent. Twenty percent agreed, while 13 percent were undecided.
The same sentiment was found among Filipinos in urban areas at 58 percent, and among those in rural areas at 56 percent.
By socio-economic class, it was highest in class ABC or upper-to-middle class at 70 percent, followed by class E or the poorest at 58 percent, and class D or “masa” at 56 percent.
It was 61 percent among men, compared to 53 percent among women.
By age group, it was highest among 55 years old and above at 68 percent, followed by 18 to 24 years old at 59 percent, 25 to 34 years old at 53 percent, 35 to 44 years old at 52 percent, and 45 to 54 years old at 51 percent.
By educational level, it was highest among college graduates at 70 percent, followed by elementary graduates at 57 percent, non-elementary graduates at 55 percent, and high school graduates at 54 percent.
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