contrary to humabas allegations, majority of filipinos still support having a presidential system of govt according to survey
- From: "lola sebya" <bernardsongco@xxxxxxxxx>
- Date: 6 Apr 2006 02:48:55 -0700
DESPITE the reported thousands of signatures affixed to an ongoing
signature campaign in support of a petition pushing for a shift to a
parliamentary system of government, a recent survey by Pulse Asia
showed that majority of Filipinos continue to favor the present
presidential and unitary system.
About one in two (54 percent) Filipinos, or 26 million Filipino adults
are not in favor of changing the country's presidential form of
government to a parliamentary one. Thirty-three percent are in favor
while 13 percent are still undecided.
The percentage of Filipinos who favored a shift to parliamentary system
rose by seven percentage points from 26 percent in the previous
nationwide survey on Charter change in October 2005.
The latest survey found that public sentiment on this issue was
generally constant across the country's geographic areas and
The ongoing signature campaign, endorsed by President Gloria
Macapagal-Arroyo herself, contains
the proposition: "Do you approve of the amendments of Article 6 and 7
of the 1987 Constitution changing the form of government from the
present bicameral-presidential to a unicameral-parliamentary system of
government in order to achieve greater efficiency, simplicity and
economy in government; and providing an Article 18 as Transitory
Provisions for the orderly shift from one system to another?"
The survey also showed that 55 percent of Filipinos would not support a
change to a federal system of government. In Mindanao, where there is
reportedly a clamor for a federal government, the majority (52 percent)
is not in favor of a federal system.
Majority of Filipinos (64 to 76 percent) also had little/almost none/no
knowledge at all of the 1987 Constitution, the survey found.
The Pulse Asia survey was conducted from Feb. 18 to March 4, using
face-to-face field interviews with 1,200 respondents 18 years old and
above using a multistage probability sampling with +/-3 percent error
margin. Kate Pedroso, Inquirer Research
Copyright 2006 Inquirer.
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