Despite rising drug killings majority of Filipinos back Duterte — Report

  • 91 percent of Filipinos back Pres. Rodrigo Duterte’s brand of leadership
  • His no-holds-barred comments and cursing remain acceptable to most Filipinos especially those who voted for him
  • Sociologist says this is because voters trust his campaign promise to crush drug criminals

Based on a survey conducted early last month by an independent poll, nearly 91 percent of Filipinos support President Rodrigo Duterte’s leadership style.

The result came even after Duterte was heavily criticized over his actions by rights activists, international bodies and outspoken Filipinos that include a top judge, an article published by Philippine Daily Inquirer stated.

Jayeel Cornelio, a doctor of sociology and director of Ateneo de Manila University’s Development Studies Program, said he suspects only a few of Duterte’s supporters are disillusioned by the killings and his rhetoric because voters trust his campaign promise to crush drug criminals.

In addition, Cornelio said they also find resonance in his cursing and no-holds-barred comments. The President’s popularity among his supporters remained intact, he added.

Based on record,  nearly 2,000 suspected drug pushers and users lay dead as morgues continue to fill up barely two months after Duterte assumed his post as the country’s highest official.

No-less than national police chief Ronald dela Rosa confirmed that police have recorded more than 1,900 dead, including 756 suspected drug dealers and users who were gunned down after they resisted arrest.

Dela Rosa noted that over 1,000 other deaths are under investigation in which some cases are not drug-related.

For his opinion, economic planning secretary Ernesto Pernia said the killings “may be a necessary evil in the pursuit of a greater good.”

This was proven by a deluge of comments by Duterte supporters in social media deriding his critics and defending the brutal war on drugs.

The killings are OK so there will be less criminals, drug pushers and drug addicts in our society,” said Rex A., a 25-year-old cleaner in Manila who admitted that he already got used to the way Duterte talks.

Kim L., a Manila shopkeeper, claimed she does not like Duterte’s constant swearing and his decision to allow late dictator Ferdinand Marcos to be buried in the Heroes’ Cemetery. But she admitted that she favors the anti-drug war despite the rising death toll.