People trust Moro rebellion even less than NPA: survey

THE SOCIAL Weather Stations said the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) and the Communist Party of the Philippines/New People’s Army (CPP/NPA) enjoyed a relatively higher net trust rating compared with the Moro rebellions, in a survey conducted in March 2017.

The NDFP received a negative 10 rating, while the CPP/NPA received a negative 27, translated by the SWS as poor trust rating. The MNLF, meanwhile, received a negative 38 (classified as bad) while the MILF received a similar negative 39 (bad).

The Abu Sayyaf Group, for its part, received a -62 trust rating (very bad), according to the survey conducted from March 25 to March 28 this year on 1,200 respondents with a margin of error at +/-3%.

Net trust rating is calculated by subtracting the results of people who had little trust in the organization from the percentage of people who had much trust in the rebel group (% must trust minus % little trust).

The March 2017 survey also found that Filipino Muslims have high trust in the Moro National Liberation Front and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, but not in the ASG.

According to the results, only 3 in 10 of the people sampled fully trusted the NDFP, while around 4 in 10 had little trust in the party. Only 2 in 10 Filipinos trusted the CPP/NPA, while around 5 in 10 had little trust in the rebel group and its political arm.

Meanwhile, only 8% of the sample fully trusted the Abu Sayyaf Group.

However, the net trust rating of the MILF was an excellent +74 among Muslims, compared to the bad -42 among Catholics, very bad -52 among other religions, and very bad -55 among Iglesia ni Cristo INC members.

According to the SWS statement, the net trust rating of the MNLF was a very good +50 among Muslims, compared to the bad -41 among Catholics, very bad -50 among other religions, and very bad -56 among INCs.

Net trust in the ASG was a very bad -64 among Muslims, similar to the very bad -60 among Catholics, and just one grade above the execrable -72 among other religions and execrable -77 among INCs.

The net trust rating of the NDF was a neutral -2 among Muslims and a neutral -7 among Catholics, compared to the poor -20 among INCs and poor -27 among other religions.

The net trust rating of the CPP/NPA was a poor -19 among Muslims, compared to the poor -25 among Catholics, bad -37 among other religions, and bad -48 among INCs.

Generally, people are naturally suspicious of any rebel movements, the SWS said.

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