Palace thankful for PH’s inclusion in ‘safest countries’ list

Published November 6, 2020, 12:10 AM

by Argyll Cyrus Geducos

Malacañang thanked Filipinos for believing in President Duterte’s campaign for peace and order as their support landed the Philippines in the top 50 safest countries in the world.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque (RESIDENTIAL PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN)

Presidential spokesman Harry Roque made the statement after the Philippines was listed as the 12th among the 50 safest countries in the world based on the 2020 Global Law and Order Report by international analytics firm Gallup.

In his Thursday presser, Roque thanked the Filipinos who recognize the Duterte administration’s efforts to maintain peace and order in the country.

“Nagpapasalamat po kami sa ating taumbayan at kahit papaano po kinilala po nila ang prayoridad ng ating Pangulo na panatilihin talaga ang peace and order sa ating lipunan (We thank the people for recognizing that the President continues to prioritize peace and other in the society),” he said.

“Itong kompyansa na ibinigay niyo, sa pamamagitan ng survey na ito, ay patunay na patuloy tayong nagsusulong na maibalik talaga ang peace and order sa ating komunidad (This confidence that you showed through this survey is proof that we continue to restore peace and order in the community),” he added.

Based on Gallup’s report, the Philippines got a score of 84, an improvement from the 82 it got last year. It tied with Australia, New Zealand, and Serbia.

Gallup based its scores on the answers of nearly 175,000 adults in 144 countries and areas in 2019.

The respondents were asked to answer four questions about their confidence in the police force, safety when walking alone at night, stolen money or property from the household in the past 12 months, and being assaulted or mugged in the past 12 months.

Topping Gallup’s list was Singapore with a global index score of 97.

Other Southeast Asian countries that made the Top 50 are:
* Indonesia, 89 points
* Vietnam, 86 points
* Malaysia, 83 points
* Myanmar, 82 points
Presidential Peace Adviser Carlito Galvez Jr. has welcomed the result of the survey, even as he emphasized that keeping peace and order is a shared responsibility of everyone.