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SWS: Trust of Filipinos in China in the negative since 2012

By: - NewsLab Lead / @MSantosINQ
/ 03:44 PM February 10, 2014

MANILA, Philippines – Trust of Filipinos in China has been in the negative since 2012 when the territorial dispute with China over Scarborough Shoal first flared up.

In a Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey commissioned by the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), it was found that a large majority of Filipinos support the government’s actions to challenge China, specifically when Manila filed an arbitration case against Beijing before the United Nations.

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In his presentation of the survey results, Dr. Mahar Mangahas, president of SWS, said that China got a net trust rating of -17 as of 2013.

“The amount of distrust outweighs the trust in China,” Mangahas said.

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He clarified that the trust rating for countries survey was not part of the commissioned study of the DFA and was a regular survey of the SWS.

China’s trust rating suffered a huge drop from around +10 percent to around -30 percent in 2012, which was the same year of the Scarborough Shoal standoff.

The United States got a record high net trust rating of +82 in 2013, Mangahas said citing the recent relief efforts conducted by US forces in the areas devastated by Super Typhoon “Yolanda” (International name Haiyan).

China’s net trust ratings also suffered a huge drop to the -30 level in 2008 and again in 1995.

China’s highest trust rating for around +20 was towards the end of 2009.

The Philippines is locked in a territorial dispute with China over a large portion of the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea).

China claims the entire region as its territory including parts of the Philippines 200 nautical mile exclusive economic zone.

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The Philippines has filed an arbitration case against China before the United Nations permanent court of arbitration over its territorial claims.

The SWS survey found that a vast majority of Filipinos agree with the Philippines actions in standing up against China.

“The overwhelming support of the Filipino people for the arbitration case and our rules-based approach to the WPS dispute proves that taking a principled stance, one that is based on respecting the rule of law, strongly resonates with the Filipino people,” DFA spokesman Raul Hernandez said.

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