Desperate measures

Opinion & Analysis Philippines Oct 13, 2017 at 1:45 pm

Bulatlat perspective

The Social Weather Station released the results of its un-commissioned survey, covering the period September 23 to 27, showing that the satisfaction and trust ratings of President Duterte dropped significantly. His satisfaction rating was 48 percent, an 18 percent drop from June, and his trust ratings dropped 14 percent to 61 percent. This, according to SWS is a very significant and fast drop, compared to previous presidents whose ratings likewise dropped but at a much slower rate.

The next day, the Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Eduardo Año, and Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Ronald “Bato” de la Rosa were quoted in the news saying that the Philippines has “too much democratic space.” This, according to the country’s top security officials, is being exploited by “terror and criminal groups.” Año batted for amendments to the Human Security Act, mentioning that in Singapore, United States, Malaysia, Australia a person, on mere suspicion that he or she is involved in criminal or terror activities, could be detained for up to three years even without charges.

PNP Chief De La Rosa, on the other hand, pushed for a National ID system and for the registration of all cellphone users.

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