September 25, 2017, 1:43 am
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Abu Sayyaf is most distrusted armed group

SEVEN of 10 Filipinos do not trust the Abu Sayyaf Group, which has been responsible for kidnap for ransom activities and beheadings in the country, a special survey by the Social Weather Station (SWS) showed.

This, the SWS survey pointed out, makes the ASG the most distrusted among the different armed groups that have been fighting the government.

The survey, done from March 25 to 28 and involving 1,200 respondents nationwide, showed that 70 percent distrusts the Abu Sayyaf, 8 percent trusts them, and 19 percent are undecided.

This yielded a “very bad” net trust rating of - 62 percent which is statistically unchanged from the “very bad” -63 net trust rating that it scored in December 2016 (6 percent much trust, 22 percent undecided, 69 percent little trust).

The survey also found that 18 percent of Filipinos have much trust on the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), while 57 percent have little trust and 24 percent are undecided.

This gives the MILF a “bad” -39 net trust score, which is worse than its -34 net trust score (16 percent much trust, 29 percent undecided, 51 percent little trust) in December 2016.

The Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) is in the same boat, with a trust rating of 18 percent, distrust of 56 percent and 25 percent undecided, for a net trust rating of –38, which is worse than last year.

As for the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA), 21 percent said they trust the communist rebels while 48 percent said they do not and 29 percent are undecided. The “poor” -27 net trust rating is statistically the same as the -28 last year.

The National Democratic Front (NDF), the political arm of the CPP, received a trust rating of 28 percent as against 38 percent distrust and 31 percent undecided, for a “neutral” rating of -10 which is down from last year’s -12.

Among the religious groups, the MILF was most trusted by the Muslims with a +74 net trust score. 

Among the Catholics, Iglesia ni Cristo and other groups, the NDF is the most trusted, with a trust rating ranging from -2 to -27. -- Jocelyn Montemayor
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