ABOUT 56% of Filipinos support the pursuit of the National Task Force to End the Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC), lobbying and campaign firm Publicus Asia Inc. said, citing the results of its recent survey.
Publicus, also a consulting firm, released the statement correcting its previous statement that 59% of Filipinos favored the NTF-ELCAC continuing its work under the administration of President Ferdinand Marcos Jr.
Admitting its error, the company said the acceptance rate, as its survey results show, should be 56%, not 59%.
“Earlier today, we issued a press release stating that the total approval rating for ‘NTF-ELCAC’s lawsuit’ on ‘Second Quarter 2022 Pahayag Survey (June 16-22, 2022)’ was by 59%,” Publicus said.
“After further validation, the total approval rating for NTF-ELCAC’s prosecution in the investigation was 56%,” he added.
The NTF-ELCAC was established by former President Rodrigo Duterte to lead his program to end the communist insurgency by implementing various programs.
The working group, of which the army is the main executor, has been duplicated down to the municipal level thanks to the creation and existence of regional, provincial and municipal working groups.
The NTF-ELCAC was successful, some circles and groups claimed, as such they were pushing for the body to be retained under the administration of President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr.
Publicus said that based on the results of its survey, the 59% rating should go to the construction and operation of a nuclear power plant in the country, which came amid talks on the possible revival of the mothballed Bataan nuclear power plant (BNPP).
“It’s ‘authorizing the construction of a nuclear power plant in the Philippines’ that got an overall approval rating of 59% in our survey,” the consultancy said through attorney Aureli Sinsuat.
Publicus apologized for the “mistake”.
Citing security concerns, some groups have expressed opposition to the operation of the BNPP, which was built during the tenure of Marcos’ father, the late President Ferdinand E. Marcos.
Sinsuat said the same investigation results showed that the appointment of Clarita R. Carlos as national security adviser (NSA) was a game-changer for NTF-ELCAC, which has the security adviser as deputy. president and the president at the head.
“Notably, Carlos has publicly questioned the use of red marking as a means to combat the communist insurgency. In this context, it is clear that the appointment of Carlos as National Security Advisor is a game-changer as the NTF-ELCAC will be much less likely to engage in red-tagging under his leadership,” the lawyer said. .
Sinsuat also noted that Carlos’ plan to focus on “human security” as a means to combat the root causes of the insurgency is in line with the “pan-national approach” institutionalized by the NTF-ELCAC.
Publicus said the survey was conducted by 1,500 registered Filipino voters who were randomly selected by PureSpectrum, a US-based panel marketplace with a multinational presence, from its nationwide panel of more than 200,000. Filipinos.