News Release

From Presidential Spokesperson Ernie Abella – On the SWS survey on martial law

Majority of Filipinos (57%) support Martial Law in Mindanao, according to the latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey.

This validates the Filipino people’s “very good” satisfaction rating of PRRD when the survey was conducted from June 23-26, 2017, or exactly a month after Proclamation 216 was issued last May 23.

The positive public response indicates that they believe the factual and legal basis of the proclamation of martial law for Mindanao; which includes the Maute Group’s attempt to remove allegiance from the government and to deprive the Chief Executive of his powers to enforce the laws and maintain public order and safety. Hence, the need for the call of Martial Law, in case of invasion or rebellion, when the public safety requires it, as provided by the Constitution.

As to the same survey showing that majority, except in Mindanao, opposes expanding martial law in Luzon and in the Visayas, it is noteworthy to mention that all these would depend on the situation on the ground as assessed and recommended by military and police authorities.