UM- IPO pulses Dabawenyos on human rights, finds that majority don’t favor human rights investigations in PH

The University of Mindanao’s Institute of Popular Opinion (UM-IPO) found that a majority of Dabawenyos don’t approve of foreign organizations such as the International Criminal Court (ICC) conducting investigations on alleged human rights violations of President Rodrigo Duterte’s administration.

The study was rooted in the Philippines’ decision to withdraw from the Rome Statute of the ICC earlier this year as it believed there was foreign interference on the country’s sovereignty.

The United Nations- Commission on Human Rights urged the government to cooperate with the ICC in investigating alleged extrajudicial killings and other human rights violations committed under the Duterte administration.

The study questioned 1, 200 persons on their awareness of the case, and whether they supported the investigations or not.

Conducted from April 17- 22, the results showed that out of the 78% who said they were aware of the case, a majority (60%) said they did not favor the investigation at all, while 30% supported it.

UM-IPO said the profile of those who said they did not support the investigation were between the ages 18- 30 years old, and mostly from the First District, and belonging to Classes C- D.  Meanwhile, those who were in favor of the investigations were between the ages 18- 40 years old, with a majority also from the First District and belonging to Class C.

Only 10% of the respondents had no particular opinion on the case.

UM-IPO also asked Dabawenyos their take on the relevance of the Commission on Human Rights, and it bared consistent results.

Of the 1, 200 surveyed, 47% said they believed the CHR was still a relevant office, but only 26% believed that it functioned to protect the rights of all Filipinos (police, military, insurgents, and criminals).

Meanwhile, 43% thought CHR was not a relevant office anymore, with 65% of those surveyed of the opinion that the CHR was not looking out for the rights of all Filipinos.

Dr. Ma. Linda Arquiza, vice president of research and publication at UM bared the study at a meeting with media on Wednesday, July 18 at Abreeza Mall.

About the author: Salud Petalcorin