60% of Filipinos believe rich spared, poor killed in drug war – SWS

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 3) — Majority of Filipinos in a non-commissioned survey agreed rich and powerful drug suspects are spared, while the poor allegedly involved in illegal drugs are killed.

Private pollster Social Weather Stations (SWS) asked over a thousand Filipinos if they agree rich drug suspects get to live while the poor die.

Sixty percent agreed with the statement, 23 percent disagreed, and 17 percent were undecided. The survey result was released on Tuesday.

On a regional scale, 75 percent of respondents from Metro Manila, 59 percent from Mindanao, 58 percent from Luzon, and 53 percent of respondents from the Visayas agreed only poor drug pushers were killed.

Police said 3,811 drug personalities were killed during drug operations since President Rodrigo Duterte took office.

Rights group Amnesty International released results of its investigation in February stating the Duterte administration's anti-drug campaign is a war on the poor.

Some high-profile personalities killed in the anti-drug campaign were Albuera Mayor Rolando Espinosa, Ozamiz Mayor Reynaldo Parojinog Sr., Datu Saudi Ampatuan Mayor Samsudin Dimaukom, and Western Visayas "top drug lord" Richard "Buang" Prevendido.

A separate survey SWS earlier released about the drug war stated 54 percent of Filipinos believe many of those killed in the drug war did not violently resist arrest. It noted 63 percent of Filipinos believe drug suspects were killed even if they surrendered.

The survey was conducted from June 23 to 26 through face-to face interviews with 1,200 adults nationwide.

President Rodrigo Duterte still enjoys a high satisfaction rating despite criticisms against his drug war. An SWS survey in July showed he received a net satisfaction rating of 66  for the second quarter of 2017, up by three points from his score in the previous quarter.