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SWS: 2 Out Of 3 Filipinos Oppose GMA’s Term Extension

April 15, 2009


Two out of three Filipinos oppose any amendment to the 1987 Constitution that will allow Gloria  Macapagal-Arroyo to stay in office beyond 2010.

Malacanang has not issued a reaction just yet but what it has done is it has kept the cha-cha train going despite vehement public protests, including the incident yesterday right at the grounds of the Batasang Pambansa.

Of course, GMA’s lap-doggish lieutenantS are denying that charter change will tamper with the transitory provisions or the commander-in-chief provision.

But in like manner both the titular heads of GMA’s political parties, Speaker Prospero Nograles and Luis Villafuerte have tendered their cosmetic resignations to pave the way for GMA’s formation of her own mega-party, her KBL ala-Marcos.

When this comes to pass in the next 40 days or so, its goosestep cadence with Cha-Cha will fully unmask their agenda.

And naughty, wagging-coffee-sipping-tongues are even saying there are several insurance policies:

1) the political control of the Supreme Court;

2) the setting of automated cheating in the 2010 polls; or in the extreme,

3) the creation of a casus belli for emergency rule.

Will Divine Providence save the day?


For our readers’ reference, here’s the SWS news release on its survey:

14 April 2009
First Quarter 2009 Social Weather Survey:
66% oppose charter change to extend PGMA’s term
Social Weather Stations
The First Quarter 2009 Social Weather Survey, fielded over February 20-23, 2009, found 66% of voting-age Filipinos opposed to amending the Constitution to allow Pres. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to continue as chief official of the Philippines after June 30, 2010.
This is more or less unchanged from the SWS September 30-October, 2008 survey which found 64% opposed to such a charter change [Table 1]. This resulted from a balancing of somewhat increased opposition in Mindanao and in the Balance of Luzon with somewhat decreased opposition in Metro Manila and in the Visayas.
To the survey question, “Kayo po ba ay sang-ayon o hindi sang-ayon sa Charter Change na papayagan si Pangulong Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo na manatili bilang PINUNONG OPISYAL NG PILIPINAS nang lampas sa Hunyo 30, 2010?” (Are you for or against a Charter Change that will allow President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to still be THE CHIEF OFFICIAL OF THE PHILIPPINES after June 30, 2010?), 66% in Mindanao are opposed (consisting of % strongly disagree and % somewhat disagree), or up by 12 points from 54% in October 2008. Opposition also rose in the Balance of Luzon, from 62% to 66%.
However, opposition fell somewhat in Metro Manila, from 78% to 72%, and in the Visayas, from 70% to 62%.
Opposition remained high in all classes: it went from 67% to 69% in class ABC, from 63% to 67% in class D or the masa; and from 66% to 64% in class E.
Survey Background
The First Quarter of 2009 Social Weather Survey was conducted over February 20 – 23, 2008 using face-to-face interviews of 1,200 adults in Metro Manila, the Balance of Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao (sampling error margins of ±3% for national percentages, ±6% for area percentages). The area estimates were weighted by National Statistics Office medium-population projections for 2009 to obtain the national estimates.
The survey item measuring public opinion on constitutional amendments of term limits is not commissioned, but is done on SWS’s own initiative and released as a public service, with first printing rights assigned to BusinessWorld.

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