Chinese workers a security threat

December 08, 2019

MAJORITY of Filipinos were alarmed about the rising number of Chinese workers in the country which, according to the latest survey of the Social Weather Stations, is being viewed by at least 52 percent of the survey respondents as a threat to national security.

The SWS survey conducted from September 27 to 30 bared that 27 percent “strongly agree” and 25 percent “somewhat agree” that the influx of Chinese workers in the Philippines is a threat to the country’s overall security.

Nineteen percent, however, “somewhat disagree”, 13 percent “strongly disagree”, and 21 percent were “undecided”, SWS said.

The Filipinos’ stance that the influx of Chinese nationals working in the country is a threat to national security yielded a net agreement of “very strong” +38 in Metro Manila, and “moderately strong” in Balance Luzon (+27), Mindanao (+21), and the Visayas (+15).

On July 31, National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr. viewed the surge of Chinese nationals in the country as a “security threat.”

The latest SWS survey also revealed that 70 percent of Filipinos were concerned about the increasing number of Chinese working in the country.

Of the 70 percent, 31 percent were worried a great deal, 39 percent were somewhat worried, 19 percent said they were not too worried, and 11 percent said they were not at all worried.

Some 12 percent of Filipinos believed that “very many” Chinese nationals were working in their locality, 19 percent said there were “somewhat many”, 25 percent think there were a “few”, and the remaining 44 percent were convinced that there were “almost none,” the SWS survey noted.

Chinese foreign workers were most visible in Metro Manila with 43 percent, followed by Visayas at 37 percent, Balance Luzon at 28 percent, and Mindanao at 19 percent.

Filipinos who raised concern over Chinese workers’ presence in the country was also highest in Metro Manila (75 percent), followed by the Visayas (71 percent), Balance Luzon (28 percent), and Mindanao (67 percent).

The September survey had sampling error margins of ±2.3 percent for national percentages, and ±4 percent each for Balance Luzon and Mindanao, and ±6 percent each for Metro Manila and the Visayas.