78% of Filipinos worry about being victims of EJK — SWS

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 02) — More Filipinos were worried that they or anyone they knew would be victims of extrajudicial killings (EJK) in the last quarter of the 2018, according to an independent pollster.

The Social Weather Stations, in its latest survey, reported that 78 percent of adult Filipinos are worried about being victims of EJK. This is up by 5 points from the 73 percent reported in the last survey conducted in June 2017.

On the other hand, fewer Filipinos said that they personally knew a victim of EJK, down by 3 points to 12 percent.

Worry about being victims of EJK was high across regions. It was highest in Visayas at 83 percent, followed by Metro Manila at 79 percent, Mindanao at 78 percent, and Balance Luzon (or areas of Luzon outside Metro Manila) at 75 percent.

The Philippines continued to be split on the chances of one becoming an EJK victim based on social class.

According to the survey, 50 percent of Filipinos believe that only the poor become victims of EJK, while 48 percent believe that you can be targeted regardless of social class.

Most Filipinos also believe that the administration takes the EJK problem seriously, at 71 percent, up by 8 points since the last survey.

The SWS conducted the survey from December 16 to 19, 2018, using face-to-face interviews of 1440 adults nationwide. There were 360 respondents each from Metro Manila, Balance Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.

The survey has a sampling error of ±2.6% for national percentages, and ±5% for regional percentatges.