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Amid 8 percent crime dip, PNP focuses on regular law enforcement activities

  • Written by Alfred Dalizon
  • Published in Nation
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AMID findings that the Philippines’ total crime volume went down by 8 percent from January to October
this year compared to the same period in 2016, the Philippine National Police is focusing its programs
on its regular law enforcement activities to reduce  street crimes including those  perpetrated by
motorcycle-riding thieves and assassins, officials said yesterday.

According to PNP Director for Operations, Director Camilo Pancratius P. Cascolan, PNP chief,
Director General Ronald ‘Bato’ M. dela Rosa, has ordered a stepped-up campaign against motorcycle-
riding criminals, illegal gambling, illegal recruiters and other lawless activities  except illegal
The crackdown against street crimes comes in the wake of statistics which showed that the
total crime volume went down by 8 percent.

PNP spokesman, Chief Superintendent Dionardo B. Carlos, said that aside from the 8.44 percent drop in
the Total Crime Volume (TCV) from 493,912 incidents in January-October 2016 to 452,204 from January to
October this year, they also noted a significant 20.56 percent reduction in Index Crime cases during
the same 10-month period as gleaned from the Crime Information Reporting and Analysis System of the
PNP Directorate for Investigation and Detective Management.
Carlos said that the nationwide TC of 452,204 is comprised of 94,565 Index Crime cases and
357,639 Non-Index Crimes. Index crimes include cases of murder, homicide, rape, physical injuries,
theft, carnapping and cattle-rustling. Non-index crimes include violation of special laws.
The PNP’s focus now is to further reduce street crimes  which are destroying the reputation
and credibility of the PNP, particularly the non-stop occurrence of Riding-in-Tandem/Motorcycle-Riding
Criminals involved in deadly shooting incidents and robbery-holdups.
“As directed by the Chief, PNP, everyone shall focus on the significant decrease, if not stop,
of this street crime. This shall henceforth be the focus of evaluation,” the official said.
The PNP leadership has already dissolved all its Drug Enforcement Units from the Police
Regional Offices down to police stations and ordered that its men transferred to units going after
MC-riding criminals.
“You may convert the DEUs to Detectives/Police Intel operatives responsible for detection,
prevention and solution of street crimes. Just be advised to vet properly your members,” Cascolan
Cascolan said  the PNP Drug Enforcement Group will now be limited to intelligence
consolidation and gathering only. The information being gathered by the PNP-DEG will be submitted
immediately to the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency headed by Director General Aaron N. Aquino.
“Additionally, cases under investigation once found out to be drug-related shall be
immediately transferred to PDEA,” he said.
The PNP leadership last month announced the killing of two armed Riding-in-Tandem Criminals
and the arrest of 15 other motorcycle-riding suspects in line with its intensified operation against
2-wheeled riding assassins and thieves.
As part of the crackdown, Gen. Dela Rosa ordered all concerned police units to intensify their
operations against these criminals thru increased mobile patrol, checkpoints and intelligence-driven
police operations.
PNP Deputy Chief for Operations, Deputy Director General Fernando H. Mendez Jr., citing
reports from the PNP DIDM said that from October 10 to October 29, there were 152 incidents involving
172 motorcycle-riding gunmen.
During the 19-day period, the 172 suspects were involved in 79 deadly shooting incidents and
79 robbery-holdups. Twenty-eight of these cases took place in Metro Manila, 18 in Calabarzon region
and 16 in Central Luzon.
Timely police response to these incidents resulted in the killing of two suspects and the
arrest of 15 others. The official also directed concerned Regional Directors to continue manhunt
operations against the 155 suspects who remain at-large.
Mendez said that criminal cases are now pending in court against the suspects in three
shooting incidents and 12 robberies while 137 other cases are under investigation.     
PNP Criminal Investigation and Detection Group chief, Director Roel B. Obusan said members of
the CIDG Region 1 and the Pangasinan Provincial Police Office gunned down two of the suspects
identified as Bernabe Abarratigue and one alias ‘Joy’ during an encounter in Barangay Dorongan Punta
in Mangatarem municipality.
On the other hand, one of the 15 suspects arrested was identified as Eric Dalmacio, one of the
two motorcycle-riding suspected thieves accused of killing Grade 10 student Kevin Reantaso in Project
8, Quezon City last October 25.
Q.C. Police District director, Chief Supt. Guillermo Lorenzo T. Eleazar said  Dalmacio was
identified as the armed man who shot Reantaso when he resisted their attempt to steal his mobile
phone. The suspect yielded a caliber .38 revolver.