High Trust Ratings for the Armed Forces of the Philippines

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According to a survey conducted by OCTA Research in December, nearly nine out of ten Filipinos trust the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP). The survey revealed that 86 percent of the respondents expressed satisfaction with the AFP’s accomplishments, while only 2 percent reported dissatisfaction, resulting in a net satisfaction rating of 84.

The AFP’s satisfaction rating remained relatively stable, with only a slight change from its October rating of 83. However, there were some variations across different regions. The net satisfaction rating was 85 in all major areas, except for the National Capital Region, where it was 73. The rating increased by 5 points in most areas, except for Mindanao, where it decreased by 3 points.

When considering socioeconomic classes, the highest net satisfaction rating came from Classes ABC and E, both at 87 percent, followed by Class D at 83 percent. Notably, the rating for Class ABC experienced a significant increase of 14 points, while Class D saw a minor decrease of one point.

The survey also revealed that 87 percent of respondents expressed trust in the AFP, while only 2 percent reported distrust, resulting in a net trust rating of 85 percent. The highest trust rating was observed in Mindanao, with 89 percent, followed by Visayas at 88 percent. On the other hand, the National Capital Region had the lowest trust rating at 73 percent.

When considering socioeconomic classes, the AFP received high trust ratings from Class ABC at 87 percent, followed by Class D and E at 84 percent and 85 percent, respectively.

Reacting to the survey results, Assistant Majority Leader and Lanao del Sur 1st District Representative Zia Alonto Adiong expressed his appreciation for the findings. He described the survey as a “welcome development” and an “effective propaganda tool” to dissuade the public from joining radicalized groups.

Adiong further emphasized the significance of the military and the AFP in addressing internal security issues and protecting the country’s sovereignty. He highlighted the AFP’s role in addressing external challenges, particularly in the West Philippine Sea.

It is important to note that the survey involved 1,200 respondents and had a margin of error of plus or minus three percent. This sample size provides a reasonable representation of the Filipino population, allowing for meaningful insights into public sentiment.

The high trust and satisfaction ratings in the AFP reflect the confidence of Filipinos in their armed forces. These ratings serve as an affirmation of the AFP’s dedication to maintaining internal security and protecting the nation’s sovereignty. The survey results also highlight the importance of ongoing efforts to address external challenges and threats faced by the Philippines.

Overall, the survey findings provide valuable insights into the public’s perception of the AFP and its accomplishments. The high trust and satisfaction ratings are a testament to the AFP’s commitment to serving the Filipino people and ensuring the country’s security.

Source: The Manila Times

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