More Filipinos oppose revolutionary government – SWS

Social Weather Stations

Manila, Philippines – More Filipinos disagree with the declaration of a revolutionary government over the Philippines, pollster group Social Weather Stations (SWS) announced on Friday, January 12.

The SWS asked: Kayo po ba ay…kung sakali pong magproklama si Pang. Rodrigo Duterte ng isang “Revolutionary Government”? (Are you… if ever Pres. Rodrigo Duterte proclaims a “Revolutionary Government?)

They would then show cards containing the following:

  • Lubos na sumasang-ayon (Strongly agree)
  • Medyo sumasang-ayon (Slightly agree)
  • Hindi tiyak kung sumasang-ayon o hindi (Undecided)
  • Medyo hindi sumasang-ayon (Slightly disagree)
  • Lubos na hindi sumasang-ayon (Strongly disagree)

They found that 39% disagreed, 31% agreed, and 30% were undecided on declaring Duterte’s anti-‘destabilization’ provision over the country. This leaves a net agreement score of -8%.

SWS recorded the lowest net agreement rating in the Visayas (-17%), followed by Luzon (-16%), then the National Capital Region (-7%).

Only Mindanao had a positive tally, with a net rating of +16%. More Mindanaoans consistently approve the policies and ideas of President Rodrigo Duterte, a Mindanaoan himself.

Meanwhile, SWS found that more Filipinos with high education disagreed than those with low education. They registered a net agreement rating of -19% and -1 to -9% respectively.

Proclaiming a revolutionary government is one of the more ambitious ideas floated by Duterte in his speeches, frequently mentioning the measure should he see that the regular bureaucracy won’t deliver his promises before he leaves the presidency in 2022.

His idea raked in thousands of supporters who held demonstrations during Bonifacio Day, 2017. A group has professed their commitment to him, should he call for the government overhaul.

SWS Director Gerardo “Jay” Sandoval explained that their field researchers did not explain to their interviewees what revolutionary government meant, as the Duterte administration itself had not given its own definition.

Critics were first to warn that the idea was unconstitutional, and described it as political suicide on one’s own government.

The SWS conducted the study from December 6 to 18, 2017.

Half of Filipinos think declaring a revolutionary government is legal

Half of Filipinos said they believe declaring a revolutionary government is legal, the Social Weather Stations (SWS) found.

From a study they conducted from December 8 to 16, 2017, they recorded that 48% think that the provision is legal, 27% believe it’s not, and 24% don’t know. The study has a +-3% margin of error.

The SWS surveyed 1,200 and asked the question: Sa pagka-alam ninyo, maaari po bang magkaroon ng “Revolutionary Government” sa ilalim ng kasalakuyang Saligang Batas ng Pilipinas? Ito po ba ay…? (With your understanding, can there be a “Revolutionary Government” under the current Constitution? Is this…?)

They then would show cards containing the following:

  • Talagang maaari (Really possible)
  • Malamang na maaari (Highly possible)
  • Malamang na hindi maaari (Highly impossible)
  • Talagang hindi maaari (Really impossible)
  • Hindi alam kung maaari (Not sure)

More Filipinos in all regions believe that the provision is legal, with 58% in the National Capital Region, 48% in Mindanao, 47% in Balance Luzon, and 42% in the Visayas thinking that it is legal.

Half (50%) of Filipinos belonging to merged classes A, B, and C said they thought it was possible under the current Constitution. The same rate was recorded for class E (50%), while it was lower by 3% for Filipinos in class D (47%).

Among the educated, college graduates had the highest percentage who think proclaiming a revolutionary government is possible, standing at 54%.

The numbers drop slightly as the level of educational attainment goes down.

Some 50% from those who attended but have not graduated college, 46% from those who have not graduated high school, and 38% from those who have not graduated elementary school said they think to declare a revolutionary government is allowed by the Constitution.

The rest are undecided or said they do not believe it is allowed by the Constitution.

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