Government News Analysis

Ticking the right boxes

This week an inconvenient truth emerged – inconvenient at least for those who continue to gun for Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, his administration and the policies which they are energetically pursuing. It came in the form of a survey conducted by non-partisan social-research provider, Social Weather Stations. What it showed was that the country’s now 143-day-old government has been given high approval ratings in two areas which its critics, domestic and foreign, will have a problem reconciling – the anti-narcotics war, “excellent”, and the promotion of human rights, “very good”.

‘How can that be?’ they’ll ask. Rivers of blood in the streets; prisons resembling the Black Hole of Calcutta, a fear virus run rampant in the population like the Spanish Flu? ‘How can that be promoting human rights?’ And in a ‘very good’ way?  And this war on drugs – a blanket licence to kill; the body count rising like yeast. The conduct of all that is “excellent”?

So let us help them out. It’s about perception. Those surveyed have approached their assessments in a very different way to the critics whose political leanings negate all objectivity. Of course, the spectacle of lifeless bodies lying in the streets, or the human crush in the jails is no more pleasing to them than to Duterte’s opponents. But what they were being asked to evaluate was their satisfaction levels on the government’s policies in these areas. In other words, after taking account of the dark side of the war on drugs, they concluded that the country’s drug problem is being properly addressed and that society is starting to benefit as a result.

The survey approached respondents in each of the three island regions of Luzon, the Visayas and Mindanao. We can guarantee that there are drug-plagued barangays in all these areas which, if surveys had been conducted there, would have registered scores in the high 90s.

The fact though – and this is what those respondents took into account – is that Duterte’s campaign has caused the street price of methamphetamines to sky rocket. Drugs have become scarce as a result of the arrests and shootings and the dismantling and destruction of drug mills around the country. The mass surrenders from within the drug culture has decimated the narcotics industry’s sales force, hitting distribution hard. These are all good effects and society is gaining from them; as are the human rights of the victims of drugs.

Furthermore, the prickly subject of the human rights of those who were part of the drug culture and have lost their lives in this war, far from making it more difficult to gauge the campaign’s success, made it easier – even accepting that innocents were also among the fallen. The general population has little sympathy for those who prey on the young and the addicted. Frankly, to most, the human rights of drug bosses and their pushers are of little concern.

The question many ask is this. How could those who are so vocally opposed to this campaign have stayed so silent while this chemical poison erased and damaged multiples of the lives that have been lost in trying to halt the free flow of narcotics? And right there is another reason for supporting Duterte’s campaign – the decades of neglect that allowed a drug culture to grow and flourish like fungus in a damp, dark cave.

The survey also tested responses to a number of other areas which questioned the government’s effectiveness. Here’s the Duterte administration’s Governance Report Card. Campaigning against illegal drugs: score, 78; rating, ”excellent”. Promoting human rights: +63; “very good”. Promoting the welfare of overseas Filipino workers: +62; “very good”. Fighting crime: +58; “very good”. Eradicating graft and corruption: +57; “moderate”. Fighting terrorism: +55; “very good”. Defending the country’s territorial rights: +53; “very good” +53. Distributing lands to deserving tillers under land reform: +53; “good”. Reconciliation with Muslim rebels: +42; “good”. Reconciliation with communist rebels: +39; “good”. Ensuring that no family will ever be hungry: +37; “good”. Fighting inflation: +33; “good”.

Of these results, Presidential Communications Office Secretary Martin M. Andanar said they show that “our people are seeing the efforts of the President and his Cabinet to help achieve the vision for the country. For the past three months, the Duterte administration has been finding ways to make both ends meet: alleviating poverty while encouraging business, eradicating illegal drugs and criminality while pursuing peace and order,” he added.

These are big and difficult issues and there will never be an absolute view. But Duterte isn’t looking for that. To him this isn’t a popularity contest; it’s actually one of the main reasons why the people made him their president. They know he can deliver and they will continue to stand by him, and – to the consternation of those who repeatedly denounce him – his poll ratings will continue to be high.

55 Comments

  • This drug war is very much comparable to the wars this world have witnessed throughout the existence of our specie.. the more fear and destruction you inflict on your enemy , the more they become weaker .. and thru the support of allies this way our govt is taking will become the cleanest and brightest path our country will take.. –

  • Yes its true.. but the pulse and the impact to the people and the society.. today we see isolated cases or crimes that are linked to drugs but before, almost everyday the news is about different kinds of cases and crimes..

  • The outsiders will not understand, because they don’t live here, thus, they don’t see the big picture, they rely on the biased news they read in CNN, ABS/CBN , Rappler, who are known anti-Duterte news agencies. But we, the filipinos who live here at ground zero sees the positive effects of the War on Drugs, where now, you can walk the streets at night without fear of getting mugged or raped. And we see the killings as encounters from armed suspects who choose to engage the police in a shoot out instead of surrendering peacefully. Those critics should come here and see for themselves. Expatriates and foreign companies located in the Php know this, that is why when asked about the situation here, they readily give a two thumbs up for the Duterte management of state affairs!

  • Nobody in his or her own right mind when asked if you hate or love illegal drugs would say they love it. Everybody even they liked d30 or not will answer they hate drugs.Surveys to the mind of people is right depends on what side they are.

  • Excellent because a strong leader must choose who to protect, what to do to protect the society and majority of people whom he is sworn to protect and dreamed of providing a better life for its children, has a will and passion to deliver his promises, an absolute patriot of his country and genuine love for common tao whose lives have long been used and ruined by people of evil hearts whose only aim is to protect their personal whims and interests

  • Kasi ang mga Human Rights People ang bininilang yong mga criminal na napapatay .Di nila binibilang yong mga biktima ng mga Durugista ,Magnanakaw ,Rapist .Alam ninyo kong nakatira kadito masaya ka kapag napapatay ang mga DRUG LORD ,PUSHER AT PROFESSIONAL HOLDAPER .SALOT SA LIPUNAN ANG MGA ITO .NAGPAPASALAMAT KAMI KAY PANGULONG DUTERTE KASI SIYA LANG ANG NAGNASANG LUMUTAS SA KRIMENG ITO .YONG MGA NAUNANG NANUNGKULAN WALANG GINAWA KAYA APAT NA MILYON NA ANG PUSHER AT USER NG.DROGA .ARAW ARAW MARAMI ANG BINIBIKTIMA NG MGA ITO .MGA TAONG MATITINO NASISIRA DAHIL SA DROGA KAYA DAPAT LANG SILANG MAMATAY .

  • Yes, indeed. That would be problematic for the yellows whose pronouncements they thought would be always swallowed by the Filipino populace hook-line-and-sinker. They still don’t realize or refuse to acknowledge the glaring fact that they’re grossly irrelevant.

  • The key point is that CHANGE for the BETTER is taking place. but those comfortably corrupt and making money being so, vehemently refuse a change–in the old system the crooks would protect each other–change the authority and they are doomed. Look for who are complaining the most who are all out to furiously debunk the change–research a little and then connect dots and one has a guide as to who is suspiciously corrupt and who is not Sometimes it is so obvious but again supporters simply wear dark glasses!

  • the promotion of human rights got “very good” rating because people knew that those who were killed were criminals…the human rights of the victims were upheld and justified…that’s the reason PDU30 got excellent ratings along with his narco-politics war…it is easy to reconcile i guess…

  • you said river of blood flowing everyday?yes river of blood of criminals, your administration had also this river of blood of innocent victims of drugcrazed people…..what’s the difference?

  • Ungas at talangka lng ang di sangayon sa drug war ni PDu30. Now lng nangyari na natakot ang mga criminal,.adik at pusher na maglipana sa kalye, kaya nga sumibat si Kerwin. Mga narco politician at ninja cops na lng ang matigas ang muka na ndi tumitigil at nagmamaangmaangan pa sa presscon.

  • Plain and simple…sawa na ang mga mamayan sa walang nangyayari sa buhay nila at pang aabuso at walang paking attitude na ugali ng mga nkaraang administrasyon. Here in Duterte’s Administration nakitaan nila ang bagong pag asa kya ok lng sa mga mamayan na pinagpapatay ang mga salot sa lipunan

  • Its only d bias medias paid by corrupt politicians,drug lords and oligarchs sensationalized d issues when n truth s ,there s no EJK n d government, its d bias medias doing spreading black propaganda n local and international community..just watch d full videos on president duterte on d government channel not on d mainstream medias because its a chopchop news and u will know that d order s base on d RULE OF LAW….

  • Why is it irreconcilable? This means human rights as in the rights of the majority, the majority who are law abiding Filipinos are respected & protected while capturing the proliferation of drugs.

  • ALL FILIPINOS HAVE HUMAN RIGHTS EVEN IFWE ARE ON THE SIDE OF THE MAJORITY OR MINORITY. THE LAW PROVIDED FOR WHEN DOES THE PUNISHMENT OF A CRIMINAL BE IMPLEMENTED OR HOW THE PUNISHMENT SHOULD BE IMPLEMENTED. ALL MUST FOLLOW THE LAW INCLUDING THAT BLOOD LUST PRESIDENT. HIS SUPPORTERS WERE HIDING ALL HIS WRONGS.

    • Hui ikaw Pusao E Prime.manirahan ka dito sa mindanao.pa pogi ka.wala kang alam..kung nasa harap lang kita susuntukin kita.wag mong hamunin ang pangulo ng Mga Maralita.human rights yang pagmumukha mo.olol.sige nga.yung mga mahal mong mga kriminal na ng rape at pumatay.gusto mung buhayin? Hndi ka ata naka pag basa ng Biblia pare.kung anu ang ginawa ganun rin ang igaganti.tandaan mo yang bakla!

    • just like your blood lust president i doubt your spouting nothing. i also came from mindanao that is why i know the madness of that President of yours. ikaw kaya ang magbasa ng bibliya para alam mo yang sinasabi. try to meditate and call GOD para maliwanagan yang pag-iisip mong kulay dugo.

  • Galing nitong Mr. Pusao E Prime,
    Bitter na bitter
    If u think the president is abusing his power
    Then why not sue him?
    File a case against him
    Di kay dada ka ng dada jan..

  • Demonitio Maxima pa talaga Banat Mo PUSAO E. PRIME…. Yan dapat ang pangalan Mo. Panay ka salita ukol sa batas ginaamat na nga ang batas laban sa mga inosente eh. Ginagawa na Ang batas na sandalan ng mga masasama. Tama ba na batas yan? Putang klasing batas yan na pinuprotektahan Ang mga gumagawa ng kreminalidad na addict kaysa sa mga napaparay ng mga addict. Ngayon Sabihin Mo nga kung tama Ang batas Mo? Pag minatay ka ng addict na 17 years old may magagawa ka dahil sumusunod ka sa batas ha???? Kailangan na batuhin mga batas natin dahil hindi batas ng mabubuting tao yan batas ng mga addict na yan. Putang Ina yan mga Yan!

  • The Filipinos have realized that PDU30 is really sincere and patriotic while his detractors are good for nothing evildoers who are responsible for the miserable fate we went through!

  • ANG HINDI MASAYA SA KINALABASAN NG SWS SURVEY AY YONG MGA TAONG AYAW BAGUHIN ANG BULOK NA SISTEMA NG GOBYERNO NANINIWALA AKO SA PINALABAS NG SWS SURVEY ABOUT HUMAN RIGHT

  • Eh.walang kwenta yang human rights nyo.nagiging abusado lang yang mga masasamang loob dahil pinoprotektahan nyo lang? Buti pa.yung human right na yan at yung nanay nyong si lier la Balyena.umalis nalang at manirahan sa america…hndi nman kc maghihirap ang pinas kung hndi kayo sakim sa pero.ang Diyos maniningil sa mga kahayupan nyo sa ating mga naghihirap na mamamayan.matalino kayo na paikutin ang batas at dayain kaming mahihirap at walang puso.

  • Volatalian,so,mas gusto mo ang nangyaring pagsasawalang-kibo sa paglaganap ng droga ng nakaraang administrasyon?sa pagkalulong,ng mga kabataan at pagkasira ng kanilang kinabukasan?mas gusto mo na walang ‘dugong’ dumanak pero gusto mo ‘walking dead at zombies’ ang nasa paligid dahil walang pakialam ang gobyerno at marahil ay nagkamal pa ng salapi sa ‘drug-trade’?

  • Mga kababayang ko.suportahan po natin ang hakbang ng ating mahal na Presidente..ako po ay taga Davao city.napaka ganda po ng reputasyon at napaka laki ho ang respeto po namin sa ating mahal na pangulo.maganda sana mgkaroon ng malawakang kilos protesta na buwagin at liberal party.sabi nga ni mr. RIYOH na nag eexpose ng yellow tards.alam ng presidente ang ginagawa nya.kaya magkaisap po tayo