A recent survey, showing dismal improvement in the plight of Muslim Filipinos in the country, reinforces the government’s position of attaining enduring peace in
Mindanao to bring
genuine regional development, a Palace official said.
A new survey by the Social Weather Stations (SWS) showed 43 percent of Filipinos do not see "much real improvement" in the position of Muslims in the country.
“I think this only confirms the resolve of why we need to have a real, comprehensive solution when it comes to peace and order and security in Mindanao,” Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said in a radio interview over dzRB Radyo ng Bayan on Saturday.
“Tingin ko hindi naman natin maikakaila na talagang kailangan ng tulong ng mga kababayan natin doon at hindi lang ito ang tulong na iaabot natin, na mabibigyan ng programa, kailangan talaga komprehensibo ang peace solution para sa kanila.”
Valte said she believes that the best solution is the passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law to address not only the physical needs of Muslim Filipinos but also the concerns on peace and security.
The survey, conducted from June 5 to 8, showed that 43 percent agreed and 25 percent disagreed that there has not been much real improvement in the position of Muslims in the past few years, for a "moderate" net agreement of +18.
The survey also showed that nearly half, or 47 percent of the 1,200 adult respondents, agreed to make an effort in improving the situation of Muslims even by giving them preferential treatment.