More Filipinos oppose revolutionary gov't – SWS

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 13) — Although President Rodrigo Duterte maintains high trust ratings, Filipinos do not necessarily agree with the idea of a revolutionary government, according to a recent Social Weather Stations' (SWS) survey.

Of the 1,200 respondents, 39 percent opposed the idea of a revolutionary government, while 31 percent agreed to it. The remaining 30 percent were undecided.

Opposition to a revolutionary government is stronger among those who are unsatisfied, or have little trust in Duterte. Only 16 percent of them agreed, while 60 percent disagreed with a revolutionary type of government.

"Hindi automatic na if you're satisfied and if you trust the person, lahat ng ipu-push niya ay susuportahan [If you're satisfied with or trust the person, it doesn't mean you will support all his policies.]. Of course it would depend on what the issue is being pushed by the leader," said SWS Director for Sampling and Data Processing Gerardo Sandoval.

Among those who approved of Duterte's performance, 37 percent were all for and 35 percent were against a revolutionary government.

Support for a possible revolutionary government was highest in Mindanao with 38 percent agreeing to it, while 21 percent thumbed it down. The rest of the regions either strongly disagreed with it or were still undecided.

The older population, aged 45 and above, and those that had higher education strongly opposed the revolutionary government.

All in all, 63 percent believed Duterte plans to change the current government into a revolutionary type.

Almost half or 48 percent of the respondents said it is possible for revolutionary government to take place with the 1987 Constitution in place.

The SWS survey on public opinion on revolutionary government took place from December 8 to 16, 2017.

Sandoval said "revolutionary government" was not explained when the survey was taken, as the  main idea was to gather what people thought about it.

In August 2017, the President said the Philippines needs a revolutionary government to "really go up," but he it won't happen during his term. In October, he warned he would declare a revolutionary government amid rumored destabilization plots, but the following month, he told the military not to believe reports that he would make the move.

A revolutionary government was established in the Philippines in 1986 under former president Corazon Aquino to reinstate democracy, after the ouster of then president Ferdinand Marcos. Proclamation No. 3 abolished the 1973 Constitution for an orderly transition to a government under a new charter.