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PNP notes nationwide crime reduction due to anti-drug crackdown

  • Written by Alfred Dalizon
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Mamang Pulis

THE Philippine National Police yesterday noted a significant reduction in major crimes against persons and property across the country and attributed it to their relentless campaign against illegal drug trafficking and abuse since the start of the Duterte administration.

PNP chief, Director General Ronald “Bato” M. dela Rosa, said that as of 6 a.m. yesterday, police since last July 1 have already conducted 23,671 anti-narcotic operations which led in the arrest of 22,712 known drug personalities and the killing of 1,381 armed drug traffickers during gunfights with arresting officers.

The conduct of the PNP Oplan: Tokhang during the period has also resulted in the surrender of 733,644 confessed drug personalities composed of 680,703 shabu or marijuana users and 52,941 drug traffickers. Police have already visited nearly 1.7 million houses since the Oplan: Tokhang was implemented.

In a press briefing, Senior Superintendent Fausto V. Manzanilla, the Executive Officer of the PNP Directorate for Investigation and Detective Management said that overall, the country’s Crime Volume, Index Crime Volume and Non-Index Crime Volume have shown a downward trend from January to August of 2013 to 2016.

The official said that Index Crimes decreased by 26 percent, 22 percent and 31 percent from January to August 2013 to the same period of 2016 respectively.  Index Crimes are crimes which are serious in nature and which occur with sufficient frequency and regularity such that they can serve as an index to a crime situation. They include crimes of murder, homicide, physical injury, carnapping , cattle-rustling, robbery, theft and rape.
Crime Rate on the other hand is the number or volume of crime incidents in a given period of time for every 100,000 inhabitants of an area.
Manzanilla said their records will show that the weekly average of focus crimes were 3,052 incidents, having 435 incidents per day from July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016, as the 52-week benchmark.
From July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016, police recorded the following: a total of 9,247 murders or an average of 178 per week or 25 daily; a total of 2,356 homicide or a weekly average of 47 or 7 a day; a total of 27,256 robbery cases or a weekly average of 524 or 75 each day; a total of 66,484 theft cases or a weekly average of 1,278 or 182 per day; a total of 12,069 carnapping (motor vehicles and motorcycles) cases or a weekly average of 794 or 113 per day and a total of 41,306 incidents of physical injuries or 794 a week or 113 per day.
During the period, the PNP recorded a total of 158,718 focused crimes or a weekly average of 3,052 or 435 each day.
Since the start of the Duterte administration or from July 1 to August 7 this year, police recorded 1,476 robbery cases or a weekly average of 295 or 39 per day; 3,562 incidents of theft or a weekly average of 712 or 94 a day; 599 cases of carnapping or 120 incidents per week or 16 cases a day; and 2,554 incidents of physical injuries or 511 per week or 67 per day. Cases of murder recorded during the same period was pegged at 1,321 or 264 per week or 35 each day; and 200 homicide cases of an average of 40 a week or 5 each day.
During the period in review, the PNP recorded a total of 9,712 crimes or an average of 1,942 per week or 256 per day.
Manzanilla said that overall, their data will show that from July 1 to August 7 this year, the overall weekly average went down by 44.4 percent while the daily reported crimes likewise went down by 48.70 percent,” he said.
In particular, he said that they have noted a nationwide major reduction during the period in review of  cases of robbery -- by 29 percent or from 524 to 372; theft by 29.70 percent or from 1,278 to 898; carnapping by 36.5 percent or from 233 to 148; and physical injuries by 12.70 percent or from 794 to 693.
Among the top 3 most prevalent crimes being watched by the PNP are theft, physical injury and robbery. From January to August 2015, there were a total of 58,029 theft cases compared to the 35,631 incidents recovered during the same period this year.
During the same period last year, police recorded 34,562 incidents of physical injuries compared to the 23,571 cases this year; and 21,831 cases of robbery from January to August, 2015, down to 15,110 from January to August this year.

NATIONAL Capital Region Police Office director, Chief Superintendent Oscar D. Albayalde also said they have noted a significant reduction on crimes against property in Metro Manila owing to their relentless campaign against illegal drug trafficking and abuse since the start of the Duterte administration.
Citing official statistics, the NCRPO head noted the following decline on weekly crime average in the metropolis from July 1 to September 25: an average of 39 robbery cases from 86 incidents every week during the first semester of 2016;  103 incidents of theft every week from the weekly 177 during the first semester of the year;  one incident of carjacking from an average of nine during the same comparative period in review; and 13 incidents of motorcycle theft from 30 weekly average.