Philippine President Says He’s Likely to Extend Martial Law

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine  president says he is likely to extend 60 days of martial law he imposed in the country’s south to deal with a deadly siege of a city by militants allied with the Islamic State group because the situation there remains critical.

President Rodrigo Duterte said Friday he will only lift martial rule, which is to expire in about two weeks, if the military and police tell him the danger posed by the militants has abated.

Duterte has said an offensive against the militants is winding down in Marawi city, which was attacked by hundreds of gunmen waving IS-style black flags on May 23. But scores of gunmen are still holding hostages and continuing to fight in four areas of the city.

This May 23, 2017, handout photo provided by the Presidential Communications Operations Office, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte signs Proclamation No. 216, declaring Martial Law and suspending the privilege of the Writ of Habeas Corpus in the whole of Mindanao during his visit to the Russia Federation. Duterte declared 60 days of martial law on Tuesday across the southern third of the nation, an area that includes Marawi but extends well beyond it. ISIS-linked militants launched a violent siege in Marawi that sent thousands of people fleeing for their lives and raised fears of extremists gaining traction in the country. Presidential Communications Operations Office via AP/File
 Duterte’s satisfaction rating soars amid martial law declaration
President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the 64th Araw ng Hagonoy celebration at the Municipal Complex in Hagonoy, Davao del Sur on July 5, 2017, expresses his grief over how Filipinos have been dying in the war in Marawi City. Presidential Photo/Karl Norman Alonzo

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte posted a record-high net satisfaction rating following his declaration of martial law in Mindanao, according to the latest Social Weather Stations survey released Friday.

In the second quarter survey conducted from June 23 to 26, 78 percent of the respondents said they were satisfied with the performance of Duterte while 10 percent were undecided and 12 percent said they were dissatisfied.

This yields a “very good” net satisfaction rating of +66 (percent satisfied minus percent dissatisfied), a three-point increase from his first quarter rating of +63.

Presidential Ernesto Abella said that the latest survey shows “tacit public support for the president’s action following the rebellion in Marawi.”

The president, however, experienced a 12-point drop in his public satisfaction ratings in Mindanao from +87 in March to +75 in June.

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Duterte scored “excellent” net satisfaction ratings in Mindanao and Visayas with +75 and +73, respectively. He scored +63 in the National Capital Region while he obtained the lowest rating in Balance Luzon with +58.

The president also obtained “very good” net ratings on both urban and rural areas with +68 and +63, respectively.

Among socioeconomic classes, Duterte scored the highest in Class E with +67, followed by Class with +66 and Class ABC with +59.

Duterte also has higher net satisfaction ratings among Filipino women with +69 compared to Filipino men with his score of +63.

The survey was conducted using face-to-face interviews of 1,200 adults nationwide, 300 each in Balance Luzon, Metro Manila, Visayas and Mindanao.


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