DILG proud of PBBM admin’s ratings in law enforcement, fighting criminality

DILG proud of PBBM admin’s ratings in law enforcement, fighting criminality

By Rjhay E. Laurea

QUEZON CITY — The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) assured the public that the government is even more committed to its anti-criminality drive and to maintaining peace and order in our communities.

This statement was made following the latest Pulse Asia Survey results which have high ratings for President Ferdinand Marcos Jr., particularly in the areas of fighting criminality and law enforcement.

DILG Secretary Benjamin “Benhur” C. Abalos, Jr. said the 67% rating in fighting criminality and 62% in law enforcement are solid proofs that the government, through the Philippine National Police, has made significant strides in cracking down on crimes and in maintaining peace and order.

“Natutuwa po kami na napapansin at napapahalagahan ang aming mga ginagawa sa DILG at sa PNP. Makaasa kayo na mas lalo pa naming paiigtingin ang pagtugis sa kriminalidad at pagpapanatili ng kapayapaan at kaayusan sa buong bansa (We are happy that our performance in DILG and PNP is being recognized and given importance. You can count on us, that we will increase our efforts in pursuit against criminality and in maintaining peace and order in the whole country),” he said.

The Pulse Asia survey was conducted from September 17 to 21, 2022, and had 1,200 respondents nationwide. It had a 2.8% error margin and a 95% confidence level.

Abalos lauded PNP chief, Police General Rodolfo Azurin, Jr., and the entire police force for their meritorious contribution to the President’s high rating as both areas are under the purview of the PNP.

Abalos said the positive popular sentiment may be attributed to the PNP’s scoring big in its anti-illegal drug operations that led to the seizure in Manila recently of 990 kilograms of shabu worth P6.7 billion, perhaps the biggest single-day drug haul in history.

The police then found the belongings of a cop identified as M/Sgt. Rodolfo Mayo, Jr. of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Group and “incriminating documents” suggesting that he is one of the co-conspirators in running the drug den. This led authorities to launch a follow-up operation culminating in the arrest of Mayo and who was allegedly caught in possession of two kilos of suspected shabu worth P13.6 million.

The PNP was also cited for its swift action and quick judgment call when it foiled the escape plan of three persons under police custody from the PNP Custodial Center in Camp Crame last October 10, 2022, who also briefly took former Senator Leila de Lima as a hostage.

The PNP conferred Headquarters Support Service (HSS) director Police Colonel Mark Pespes with the Medalya ng Kadakilaan for his heroism in neutralizing the hostage-taker. Also awarded the medal were Patrolman Lorenze Ian Matias, Chief Master Sergeant Jimmy Ferrez, and Corporal Rizza Pagaduan as well as three members of the elite PNP Special Action Force detailed with the PNP-HSS identified as Captain Michael Gobway, MSgt. Denver Lou Ngo-oc, and Cpl. Marvin Banigon.

Meanwhile, the latest crime situation report from the PNP Directorate for Investigation and Detective Management showed that index crime volume decreased from 10,701 in July to October 8, 2021, to 9,961 in the same period this year.

He said this includes focus crimes which dropped by 7.03% or from 10,640 in 2021 to 9,892 in 2022, with murder dropping by 4.81%, homicide dipping by 15.26%, physical injury by 16.47%, rape by 31.14% and carnapping of motor vehicles decreasing by 40.95%.

In the area of non-index crimes, there is a drop from 50,740 crimes in 2021 to 48,769 in 2022 across the country. Non-index crimes are violations of special laws such as reckless imprudence resulting in homicide, reckless imprudence resulting in physical injury, and reckless imprudence resulting in damage to property. (ai/mtvn)

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