9 out of 10 Filipinos want PH to regain control of WPS – SWS

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Nine in 10 Filipinos believe it is important for the Philippines to regain control of the islands occupied by China in the West Philippine Sea, based on the second quarter of 2019 Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey results.

In the nationwide survey conducted last June 22-26, 1,200 respondents were asked, “In your opinion, is it important that the control of the islands that China currently occupies in the West Philippine Sea be given back to the Philippines?”

SWS found 93 percent of Filipino adults saying it is important that the Philippines regains control of the islands occupied by China in the West Philippine Sea.

About 74 percent answered “very important,” 19 percent “somewhat important,” 1 percent “somewhat not important,” and 1 percent “not at all important.” Four percent were undecided about the matter.

SWS pointed out that the proportion has increased steadily in four surveys since June 2018.

The latest figure of 93 percent saying it is “very important/somewhat important” that the Philippines regain control of the China-occupied islands in the West Philippine Sea is four points above the 89 percent (72 percent very important, 17 percent somewhat important) in December 2018.

It was 87 percent (72 percent very important, 15 percent somewhat important) in September 2018, and also 87 percent (69 percent very important, 18 percent somewhat important) in June 2018.

During the same survey period, SWS found that the call for government actions regarding the West Philippine Sea has grown substantially.

The respondents were particularly asked, “Is (activity) right or not right for the Philippine government to do in resolving the conflict between the Philippines and China about the West Philippine Sea?”

They were shown a list of four specific activities.

Eighty-nine percent said it is not right for the government to leave China alone with its infrastructures and military presence in the claimed territories.

It is up from 88 percent in December 2018, 84 percent in September 2018, and 81 percent in June 2018.

At the same time, 92 percent said it is right to strengthen the military capability of the Philippines, especially the Navy.

It is down slightly from 93 percent in December, but up from 86 percent in September 2018 and 80 percent in June 2018.

Meanwhile, 83 percent said it is right for the government to bring the issue to international organizations, like the United Nations or Association of Southeast Asian Nations, for a diplomatic and peaceful negotiation with China about the claimed territories.

This is up from 77 percent in December, 71 percent in September 2018, and 74 percent in June 2018.

Lastly, 84 percent said it is right for the government to form alliances with other countries that are ready to help defend its security in the West Philippine Sea.
Interesting to see what might come of this with Duterte, and if he listens. I doubt it though lol.
 
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