MANILA, Philippines – Four out of 5 Filipinos said it is wrong for the Duterte administration to do nothing about China’s militarization of the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea), a new Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey found.
In a survey released on Saturday evening, July 14, the SWS said 81% of respondents think it is “not right” for the Philippine government “to do nothing about China’s intrusion in claimed territories.”
The survey was conducted from June 27 to 30 among 1,200 adult respondents. The margin of error was ±3% for national percentages.
In this survey, the SWS also found the following:
- 80% think it is right for the Philippines to strengthen its military, particularly the Philippine Navy
- 74% think it is right to bring the issue to “international organizations for diplomatic negotiations”
- 73% think it is right to pursue bilateral negotiations with China
- 68% think it is right that other countries mediate in the issue
China has built military structures in the West Philippine Sea, part of the South China Sea that belongs to the Philippines.
While China militarizes these waters, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) remains one of the region’s weakest militaries. The Philippines aims to strengthen the AFP through Republic Act 10349, which set up a 15-year program to modernize the military. – Rappler.com