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Philippines among world’s ‘safest countries.’ Netizens disagree

By PhilSTAR L!fe Published Nov 04, 2020 10:51 pm Updated Nov 04, 2020 11:12 pm

A survey spearheaded by an American analytics and advisory firm has found that the Philippines is one of the safest countries in the world as Filipinos have confidence in the police and other law enforcers. 

Conducted via telephone and face-to-face interviews with 1,000 adults in 144 countries, Gallup’s 2020 Global Law and Order report showed that our country had an index score of 84, alongside New Zealand, Australia, Serbia, and Poland.

The following questions were asked during the chat:

  • In the city or area where you live, do you have confidence in the local police force?
  • Do you feel safe walking alone at night in the city or area where you live?
  • Within the last 12 months, have you had money or property stolen from you or another household member?
  • Within the past 12 months, have you been assaulted or mugged?

Turkmenistan and Singapore (97), China (94), and Iceland and Kuwait (93) were among the top scorers, while Venezula and Liberia (54), Gabon (52), and Afghanistan (43) landed at the bottom of the list.  

The findings of the study have been opposed by some netizens, particularly spelling out the Duterte administration’s war on drugs. Just last June, The Guardian stated in an article that a UN report said “the anti-narcotics crackdown in the Philippines, launched by the president after he won the 2016 election on a promise to rid the country of drugs, appears to have resulted in ‘widespread and systematic’ extrajudicial killings.”

Communications Secretary Martin Andanar, however, declared last February that there are no human rights violations committed in the implementation of the anti-drug campaign.

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