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Despite ‘shabulized’ tag, crime rate down in Iloilo, rest of Western Visayas

  • Written by Alfred P. Dalizon
  • Published in Nation
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CRIME incidents in Western Visayas have gone down significantly so far this year with agents of the Police Regional Office 6 up on their toes to fully stop illegal drug trafficking in the region particularly in Iloilo and erase the latter’s tag as the ‘most shabulized’ province in the country which was made by no less than an angry President Rodrigo Duterte last month.

President Duterte had branded Iloilo as the “most shabulized” province in the entire country when he mentioned several local government officials and other personalities from the province who have alleged links to the illegal drug trade. “The most shabulized -- is that the word -- shabulized, is there such a word shabulized? I will say that wala akong personal sa kanila ha -- Iloilo,” Duterte said after reading a couple of names on his list.

Among those coming from Iloilo are Mayors Jed Mabilog of Iloilo City who happens to be a second cousin of Senator Franklin Drilon, Sigfredo Betita of Carles, Alex Centena of Calinog, and Mariano Malones of Maasin. Also named were Judge Savillo of Regional Trial Court Branch 13, Vice Mayor Francis Ansing Amboy of Maasin, Attorney Antonio Pesina, and Erwin “Tongtong” Plagata.
PRO6 director, Chief Superintendent Jose L. Gentiles, a member of Philippine Military Aca­demy ‘Maharlika’ Class of 1984, however, said crime incidents in Western Visayas have been reduced by almost 17.3 percent over the past seven months.
Citing official statistics, he said they recorded 34,057 cases during the period or 17.13 percent below the 41,097 crimes posted during the same period last year.
Of the 34,057 cases recorded, Gentiles said a total of 24,503 were non-index crimes or violations of special laws or local ordinances while 9,554 were classified as index crimes or crimes committed against persons and properties.
These 34,057 cases were distributed in different provinces in Western Visayas as follows: Aklan Police Provincial Office, 6,442, Antique Police Provincial Office, 2,650, Capiz Police Provincial Office, 5,007, Guimaras Police Provincial Office, 1,390, Iloilo Police Provincial Office, 9,109 and Iloilo City Police Office, 9,459.
During the same period last year, 13,085 index crimes and 14,644 non-index crimes were recorded or a total of 41,097 cases and took place in the following: Aklan, 7,716; Antique, 2,600, Capiz, 7,104, Guimaras, 1,612, Iloilo, 11,408 and Iloilo City, 657.
Gentiles said that index crimes have been significantly decreasing in the region as pro­ven by statistics which showed that from 13,085 last year, there were   only ­ 9,554 index crimes or a 26.96 percent reduction so far this year. On the other hand, the PRO6’s Crime Solution Efficiency increased by 59.76 percent compared to 51.96 percent last year while Crime Clearance Efficiency also increased by 61.28 percent compared to last year’s 53.39 percent, he said.

WV cops proving they can

kill armed drug dealers too
Western Visayas policemen have proven they too could also kill armed drug traffickers in gunfights. A day after being reprimanded by Philippine National Police chief, Director General Ronald ‘Bato’ M. dela Rosa for their ‘poor performance’ in the anti-drug war, members of the regional police shot dead five armed drug dealers in separate firefights in the region.
However, the PNP chief emphasized he is not encouraging the police to violate human rights. “When you conduct raids, would you give them a chance to put up a fight knowing that they are armed? If they draw their guns, make sure that you kill them. Don’t allow them to kill you. Pity the children you will leave behind,” he said.
Gentiles identified the slain suspects as Paul Centeno, 44, a resident of Sitio Luyon in Barangay Pili, Ajuy, Iloilo; Michael Angelo Abebinir, 22, of Bgy. Baclayan Norte, Concepcion, Iloilo; Michael Huesca, 26, of Bgy. Guinobatan, New Lucena, Iloilo; Reynante Tanaleon, 35, of Bgy. Aguilar, San Lorenzo, Guimaras; and retired Senior Police Officer 1 Wilson de Leon, of Bgy. Pali-Benedicto, Mandurriao, Iloilo.
Gentiles also said they have noted a significant 17.3 percent reduction in crime rate in Western Visayas due to their aggressive anti-narcotics campaign in the region.
He attributed the reduced crime volume in the region to their relentless anti-drugs campaign which from January to last month has already resulted in the arrest of 9,069 target drug personalities or 125 percent of their target list.