62% oppose martial law extension in Mindanao – SWS
Sixty-two percent of Filipinos have agreed that there is no need for the government to extend martial law in Mindanao, a latest survey by the Social Weather Stations (SWS) showed.
According to results of the survey conducted from December 8 to 16, 62% opposed the martial law extension, 26% agreed while 12% were undecided.
Opposition to martial law extension was highest in Metro Manila at 67%, followed by Luzon at 63%, Mindanao at 62%, and Visayas at 55%, the SWS said.
In addition, 66% of Filipinos agreed that the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) can suppress the Maute and Abu Sayyaf groups even without a declaration of martial law, survey results showed.
61% of respondents in Mindanao, 66% in Visayas, 67% in Luzon and 70% in Metro Manila believe that the military can quell the rebels without martial law, the SWS said.
The survey was conducted using face-to-face interviews of 1,200 adults (18 years old and above) nationwide, the SWS said. It has a margin of error of ±3% nationwide, ±4% for Luzon, and ±6% each for Metro Manila, Visayas and Mindanao.
Last May 23, President Rodrigo Duterte declared martial law in Mindanao as a way to curb the threats posed by the Maute rebels.
Congress, in a special joint session last Dec. 13, voted 240-27 to approve Duterte’s second request to extend martial law in Mindanao for another year.
Duterte first requested for an extension until the end of 2017 last July 22. Congress voted 261-18 to approve it.
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