MANY Filipinos do not see martial law as a means of getting the country out of the political and economic quagmire it is in, according to a Pulse Asia survey.
Pulse Asia’s July 2005 nationwide survey of 1,200 respondents found nearly seven in 10 Filipinos (67 percent) disagreeing with the need to impose martial law despite the political and economic problems plaguing the country.
One in three Filipinos also considered the staging of a coup as one of the political scenarios most inimical to the country’s interest, according to the survey.
Pulse Asia released the findings amid talks of the Arroyo administration’s alleged plan to impose emergency rule or martial law in light of various efforts to unseat the president. Ferdinand Marcos placed the country under martial law on Sept. 21, 1972.
According to Pulse Asia, the level of disagreement with the need to impose martial law in the Philippines is highest in Metro Manila (74 percent) and among college graduates (75 percent). It is nearly the same in the urban and rural areas, but higher in the socio-economic Class ABC.
Read Pulse Asia’s full report.