More than half say freedom of speech strong under Duterte

Philippines' President Rodrigo Duterte gestures as he mimics "slitting of the throat" during a speech to evacuess from Marawi at an evacuation center in Iligan on the southern island of Mindanao on June 20, 2017.
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More than half Filipinos believe that freedom of speech in the Philippines remained strong under the Duterte administration, a recent survey of the Social Weather Stations (SWS) revealed.

The survey, released on June 30 and conducted among 1,200 respondents from March 25-28, showed 55 per cent of Filipinos agreed to the statement "I can say anything I want, openly and without fear, even if it is against the administration."

SWS said 21 per cent disagreed with the statement while 24 per cent remained undecided, for a "strong" +34 net agreement rating.

The SWS scores net agreement ratings +50 and above as very strong; +30 to +49 as strong; +10 to +29 as moderate; +9 to -9 as neutral; -10 to -29 as poor; -30 to -49 as weak; and -50 and below as very weak.

The survey showed that freedom of speech was "strong in all areas" with Visayas at +37, Mindanao and Balance Luzon at +34 and Metro Manila at +30.

Meanwhile, freedom of speech net agreement was strongest in Classes ABC and D at +37. Class E got a moderate +16 net rating.

SWS said the net score average for freedom of speech was at +33 during the administration of Cory Aquino, +38 in the time of Fidel Ramos, +41 in the time of Joseph Estrada, +34 in the time of Gloria Arroyo, and +32 in the time of Benigno Aquino III.

PHOTO: Social Weather Stations (SWS)

 

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