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3 of 4 Pinoys see no need for martial law - survey

Ferdinand Marcos declaring martial law in 1972
The online news portal of TV5

MANILA, Philippines -- Three out of four Filipinos see no need to declare martial law to address the country’s current problems, the results of a recent Pulse Asia Survey showed.

The poll, part of Pulse Asia’s December 2016 Ulat ng Bayan, showed 74 percent of respondents saying “No” to the proposition: “Candidly speaking, it may be necessary now to have martial law to solve the many crises of the nation.”

Only 12 percent agreed with the statement and 14 percent said they may or may not agree.

Disagreement to martial law being declared was the prevailing opinion in all geographic areas (65- 81 percent); socio-economic classes (67- 76 percent); and age groupings (70-77 percent). 

Disagreement was more marked in Metro Manila (81 percent) than in the Visayas (65 percent).

The survey was conducted from December 6 to 11, 2016 using face-to-face interviews. As in its previous Ulat ng Bayan surveys, Pulse Asia polled a sample of 1,200 representative adults 18 years old and above.  The survey had a +/- error margin at 95 percent confidence level.

The weeks preceding the survey were marked by the following developments:

  • The resignation of Vice President Leni Robredo as head of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council
  • The decision of the Supreme Court by a 9-5 vote to dismiss the consolidated petitions against the burial of former President Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani
  • The investigation by the Senate and the National Bureau of Investigation into the killing of Albuera, Leyte Mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr.
  • The Sandiganbayan’s acquittal of former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and her husband in connection with a graft case stemming from the NBN-ZTE deal