SEVEN of 10 Filipinos, or 74 percent, are against the imposition martial law as a means of helping solve problems confronting the country, up from 64 percent three months ago, the December 6 to 11 Pulse Asia survey showed.
The survey was conducted when the Senate was investigating the killing of Albuera Mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr.; the Senate recommended the filing of kidnapping, murder and perjury charges against Edgar Matobato, a self-confessed member of the supposed Davao death squad; and when the Supreme Court issued a decision clearing three judges linked to illegal drugs, among others.
The survey involved 1,200 respondents nationwide and had a +/- 3 percent margin of error.
Presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella said President Duterte is not inclined to impose martial law.
“The President earlier said that the imposition of martial law does not seem to improve significantly the lives of the Filipinos. He cited the experience during the administration of former President Marcos as the best argument for him not to declare martial law,” he said.
The survey showed 74 percent (44 percent who disagree and 29 percent who “very much” disagree) disagreed with the survey statement that “candidly speaking, it may be necessary now to have martial law to solve the many crises of the nation.”
Twelve percent (10 percent agree, 2 percent very much agree) of the respondents agreed with the statement. The figure is down from 16 percent three months ago. Fourteen percent were undecided.
The survey also showed that majority of the respondents disagree with the imposition of martial law across geographical (74 percent to 81 percent), socio-economic class (67 percent to 76 percent), gender (73 percent to 74 percent), and age groups (70 percent to 76 percent).