Survey: Significant number of Filipino people open to amending the Constitution

June 7, 2010 7:06 pm 

By Ben Cal

MANILA, June 7 -– A significant number of the Filipino people are open to amending the 1987 Constitution based on a poll survey in the just-concluded “Dialogue Mindanaw” conducted by the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP, if this will address peace in Mindanao.

Rev. Fr. Bert Alejo, convenor of “Dialogue Mindanaw” commissioned by OPAPP, said that this was the result of the poll survey from 3,005 respondents asked during the series of consultations held in various areas of the country.

Dialogue participants came from Bongao, Tawi-Tawi, Metro Manila, Butuan City, Iligan City, Cagayan de Oro City, Puerto Princesa City, Palawan, Bacolod City, Koronadal City, Cotabato City, Zamboanga City, Davao City, Jolo, Sulu, and Baguio City.

Tawi-Tawi posted the highest favorable response with 72 percent, followed by Sulu, 65 percent; Bacolod City, 55 percent; Manila, 54 percent; Cotabato City, 53 percent; Iligan City, 49 percent; Puerto Princesa, 44 percent; Cagayan de Oro and Davao, 43 percent; Zamboanga, 41 percent; Koronadal, 42 percent; and Baguio, 40 percent.

The same survey said that those who are against registered the following percentage: Tawi-Tawi, 12 percent; Manila, 14 percent; Butuan, 28 percent; Iligan, 25 percent; Baguio, 21 percent; Cagayan de Oro, 26 percent; Palawan, 23 percent; Bacolod, 14 percent; Koronadal, 24 percent; Cotabato, 17 percent; Zamboanga, 26 percent; Davao, 18 percent; and Sulu, 7 percent.

On the query for other options, Tawi-Tawi registered 14 percent; Manila, 25 percent; Butuan, 31 percent; Iligan, 19 percent; Baguio, 28 percent; Cagayan de Oro, 28 percent; Palawan, 17 percent; Bacolod, 29 percent; Koronadal, 27 percent; Cotabato, 21 percent; Zamboanga, 25 percent; Davao, 29 percent; and Sulu, 14 percent.

The ratios of those who answered “don’t know” were Bacolod, 2 percent; Cotabato, 8 percent; Zamboanga, 3 percent; Davao, 3 percent; Sulu, 6 percent; Tawi-Tawi, 3 percent; Manila, 3 percent; Butuan, 5 percent; Iligan, 6 percent; Baguio, 5 percent; and Palawan, 10 percent.

Respondents who had “no answer” were Tawi-Tawi and Bacolod, zero percent; Manila, 5 percent; Butuan, 6 percent; Iligan, 2 percent; Baguio, 6 percent; Cagayan de Oro, 3 percent; Palawan, 5 percent; Koronadal, 5 percent; Cotabato, 2 percent; Zamboanga, 5 percent; Davao, 7 percent; and Sulu, 8 percent.

Fr. Alejo presented the results of the survey during the second leg of the “Peace Forum Sustained Partnership” sponsored by OPAPP at the Heritage Hotel in Pasay City Monday.

The first leg was held last Saturday in Baguio City, where Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Annabelle T. Abaya outlined the nine-year accomplishments of the comprehensive peace process under the administration of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

A similar forum will also be held in Bacolod City for the Visayas leg on Wednesday and Zamboanga City on Thursday and Davao City on Friday.

Abaya said the forum will present the reflections, insights, and lessons learned on the 2004-2010 National Peace Plan, as well as validate them and solicit additional recommendations for the peace process in the next six years under a new administration.

The forum also highlights OPAPP’s initiatives in consulting stakeholders and peace constituencies nationwide, focusing on the peace process between the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).

Dialogue Mindanaw was held from February to March this year.

“These reflective dialogues and authentic consultations have provided a rich perspective on how much has been achieved and what the current sentiments, needs, and aspirations have been of the different stakeholders, as well as recommendations that will shape the succeeding National Peace Plan for six more years,” Abaya added.

Abaya also said Dialogue Mindanaw has brought the awareness level of the GRP-MILF peace process to at least 90 percent of the constituents, especially in Western and Central Mindanao. (PNA)

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