Filipinos are giving President Rodrigo Duterte the thumbs up in fighting criminality last , so why are more Filipinos afraid of getting murdered under his watch?
In a survey by Pulse Asia from Dec. 6 to 11, 2016, fears of being a crime victim was the fifth most urgent personal concern among respondents with 38 percent behind good health (63 percent), stable jobs (44 percent), education (41 percent), and food (41 percent).
In the same survey, respondents gave an 84 percent approval rating on Duterte’s fight against crime.
Among the top five most urgent personal concerns (respondents were given up to 3 answers), fears of being a victim of any serious crime had the biggest jump with 26 percent from 30 in Dec. 2015 to 38 in Dec. 2016. Fears of being killed under the Duterte administration was most acute in National Capital Region (43 percent versus the national average of 38 percent) and ABC income classes (55 percent versus 36 percent for class D and 40 percent for class E).
The biggest crime news during the survey period was the Senate probe on the murder of Albuera town mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr. inside his jail cell and the National Bureau if Investigation’s findings that it was a police rubout. The media was also reporting that more than 1,000 were being killed under suspicious circumstances under Duterte’s brutal drug war.