Filipinos torn on 'nanlaban' claims -- SWS

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 25) — Filipinos are conflicted on whether or not to believe 'nanlaban' claims, according to the latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey.

In its second survey on the conduct of the Duterte administration's anti-drug campaign vis-a-vis the lives of drug suspects, 26 percent of Filipinos do not believe the police when they say that the suspect died because they resisted arrest, or 'nanlaban', while 27 percent believe authorities.

This left 47 percent of Filipinos undecided on whether or not to believe the claims of the police.

Nevertheless, an overwhelming majority of 96 percent of Filipinos believe that it is important that drug suspects be captured alive. This is highest in Metro Manila respondents, at 98 percent, followed by Balance Luzon at 96 percent, Visayas at 95 percent and Mindanao at 94 percent.

This does not differ that much from the last survey, released in September last year, where 95 percent of Filipinos found it important that suspects be apprehended alive.

More Filipinos believe that the police also find the lives of drug suspects important this year compared to the last survey. In 2018, 86 percent of Filipinos said it is important to the police that drug suspects be captured alive, 10 percent higher than last year's result.

This was also the dominant opinion across the nation, highest in Visayas at 91 percent. This was followed by Mindanao at 86 percent, Balance Luzon at 84 percent, and Metro Manila at 82 percent.

SWS has a margin of error of  ±3% for national percentages, and ±6% each for Metro Manila, Balance Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. The pollster conducted face-to-face surveys with 300 adults age 18 and above from each region, to a total of 1,200 respondents.

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