SWS: Majority of Filipinos satisfied with PH democracy

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 12) — Eight in 10 Filipinos are satisfied with how democracy works in the country, a Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey showed.

According to the survey released as the country celebrated its 120th Independence Day on Tuesday, the majority of Filipinos (60 percent) prefer democracy over any other form of government. A scant 19 percent said "under some circumstances, an authoritarian government can be preferable to a democratic one," while 21 percent said it does not matter whether the country has a democratic or non-democratic regime.

A democracy is characterized by free elections, where "sovereignty resides in the people and all government authority emanates from them," according to the Constitution.

The 78% satisfaction rating from the survey, held on March 23 to 27 with 1,200 respondents, was two points below the 80 percent scored in June 2017. Satisfaction with the country's democracy was highest at 86 percent in September 2016, shortly after President Rodrigo Duterte's election victory.

Meanwhile, the percentage of Filipinos saying "democracy is always preferable to any other kind of government" hardly moved from 61 percent last year.

Duterte delivered his Independence Day speech for the first time at the Aguinaldo Shrine in Kawit, Cavite Tuesday. This was where Emilio Aguinaldo, the first President of the Philippines, declared the country's independence from Spain in 1898.

Duterte, however, was met with about 10 protesters calling for his ouster. He asked the police to deal with the demonstrators with maximum tolerance and called on Filipinos to "defend our cherished democratic ideals now and in the years to come."