SWS Poll shows freedom of speech very strong in PH

SWS Poll shows freedom of speech very strong in PH




A few sectors of the Philippine society have this bekief that we are being ruled by a ruthless dictator, all because of his national policy regarding the stomping of illegal drugs in the streets.

They would even get the sympathies of those international groups just to make the issue than it is.



One critic of the government that has called the attention of the international community is none other than American citizen Maria Ressa, she was even heard saying that freedom of speech and freedom of the press is under attack under President Rodrigo Roa Duterte.

(photo credit PNA)


The recent survey results from the Social Weather Stations (SWS) reveal that Filipinos think otherwise.

In a survey conducted from June 22-26 this year, showed that 23%are undecided on the matter.

SWS said 59 percent of Filipinos agree while 18 percent disagree that “they are free to say anything openly without fear even if it is against the administration”.



SWS survey also revealed that 67 percent agree, 23 percent are undecided, and 10 percent disagree.
“Mass media in the Philippines have freedom of speech, of expression and of the press," for a very strong net agreement of +57,” SWS statement said.

As compared before

SWS first tested this type of survey in 1985, during the administration of former President Marcos, and found only 33 percent agreed, while 29 percent disagreed, for a record-low net agreement of a neutral +3.

Freedom of speech has been probed 40 times from 1985 to the present. Its net score averaged +33 during the administration of Corazon Aquino, +38 in the time of Fidel Ramos, +41 in the time of Joseph Estrada, +34 in the time of Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, and +32 in the time of Benigno Aquino III.
“In the five times it was surveyed under the Duterte administration, it ranged from a moderate +23 to a strong +41,” the SWS release read.
The recent survey by the SWS debunks assumptions of online media agency Rappler who has earlier argued their freedom of speech is being challenged as the news outlet projects itself as a fierce critic of the administration. 









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