Most Filipinos back ICC case vs. Xi – SWS

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Most Filipinos back ICC case vs. Xi – SWS

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 18) — Most Filipinos support the complaint filed against Chinese President Xi Jinping at the International Criminal Court (ICC), saying it sends a strong message that China should leave the West Philippine Sea, a poll found.

A noncommissioned survey by Social Weather Stations released on Wednesday found that 49 percent agree that the suit filed by former Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario and former Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales against Xi for the destruction of the livelihood of Filipino fishermen "shows the world that China should leave the islands it has occupied in the West Philippine Sea."

Twenty-eight percent were undecided on the issue, while only 17 percent disagreed with the action before the international court. The survey was conducted from March 28 to 31 on 1,440 adults nationwide.

In their communication, Del Rosario and Morales said they are taking the case straight to the ICC as the current climate of the Philippines is not conducive to any investigation or prosecution concerning the crimes allegedly committed by Beijing.

In a survey conducted earlier, SWS found that Filipinos continue to have ambivalent feelings towards China. The poll results said Filipinos have a net trust rating of -6 or "neutral" towards the Eastern Giant.