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Over half of Pinoys want PH back with ICC—poll

The International Criminal Court (ICC) investigates and, where warranted, tries individuals charged with the gravest crimes of concern to the international community: genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity and the crime of aggression. (Courtesy: ICC official website)
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55% also want gov’t to cooperate with drug war probe

More than half of Filipinos are now in favor of the Philippines rejoining the International Criminal Court and support plans to seriously look into allegations of crimes against humanity that occurred in the Duterte administration, according to the latest OCTA Research survey.

Results of the “Tugon ng Masa” survey were released Sunday, showing that 59 percent agree it is time for the country to work with the ICC again as opposed to 41 percent who thought otherwise.

The same survey also found that 55 percent of Filipinos are in favor of the government cooperating with the ICC to investigate drug-related killings during the regime of former President Rodrigo Duterte, against the 45 percent who disagreed.

Polling was conducted between Dec. 10 to 14 last year with 1,200 male and female respondents aged 18 years and above, OCTA Research said in its technical report.

“Across different major areas, the percentage of adult Filipinos who favor this idea ranges from 51 percent to 65 percent. The highest support is in Balance Luzon (65 percent), while the lowest is in Mindanao (51 percent),” it said.

“Consequently, the percentage of adult Filipinos not in favor of the Philippines rejoining the ICC as a member is highest in Mindanao (49 percent) and lowest in Balance Luzon (35 percent),” the polling firm added.

Highest support for this initiative was recorded in Balance Luzon (65 percent) and the lowest was in Mindanao (42 percent).

“The percentage of adult Filipinos who do not favor the government cooperating with the ICC in its investigation is highest in Mindanao (58 percent) and lowest in Balance Luzon (35 percent),” OCTA noted.

“This survey has a ±3 percent margin of error at a 95 percent confidence level. Subnational estimates for the geographic areas covered in the survey have the following margins of error at a 95 percent confidence level: ±6 percent for Metro Manila, Balance Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao,” the firm said.

OCTA also said the proportion of adult Filipinos who agree with the Philippines working with the ICC varied between 55 and 57 percent, based on socioeconomic classes.

It pointed out that there were no major differences among socioeconomic classes, with most adult Filipinos agreeing to the government cooperating with the ICC in its investigation.

In terms of age groups, OCTA said adult Filipinos who support the Philippine government-ICC cooperation ranged from 50 to 67 percent.

Those who are 75 years of age and older had the highest support (67 percent), while those who are 35 to 44 years old had the lowest support (50 percent), it pointed out.

Meanwhile, Filipinos who are 35 to 44 years old are the most likely to oppose cooperation with the ICC investigation (50 percent), while those who are 75 years old or older (33 percent) are the least likely to do so.

OCTA observed that adult Filipinos living in rural areas (57 percent) expressed marginally greater support than adult Filipinos living in urban areas (54 percent) for the government’s cooperation with the ICC in its inquiry.

The proportion of adult Filipinos who support this idea varied depending on gender—56 percent of males and 55 percent of females expressed their agreement.

In terms of educational attainment, OCTA said support for thegovernment’s cooperation with ICC varied from 53 to 62 percent.

Adult Filipinos with college or postgraduate education showed the highest percentage of support (62 percent), while those with high school education showed the lowest percentage (53 percent).

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