The Philippine National Police (PNP) has noted a decrease in the crime rate since President Duterte took office in July.
Compared to the time of former President Benigno Aquino III’s leadership, statistics on focused crimes significantly decreased since Duterte assumed office, data from the PNP Directorate for Investigative and Detective Management (DIDM) showed.
DIDM head Police Director Augusto Marquez on Monday presented in a press conference the latest crime data as the PNP corrected the media and critics from some sectors claiming that 7,000 killings were due to the government’s drug war.
From July 1 last year until March 24, the total number of focused crimes—murder, homicide, robbery, theft, carnapping, physical injuries—decreased to 78,941 from 158,879.
Marquez said the PNP recorded a total of 158,879 cases of murder, homicide, robbery, theft, carnapping, and physical injuries combined from July 1, 2015 until June 30, 2016, the last day of Aquino in office.
In a recent Pulse Asia survey, it found that 82 percent of Metro Manila residents feel safer because of the much-criticized drug war.
“Napakalaki ng reduction sa carnapping, theft at robbery. May naririnig ba kayo na carnapping na very violent ngayon? Samantalang noon halos araw araw nasa TV on primetime news. Ngayon, wala na kayong nakikita o naririnig,” Marquez said.
(The reduction of carnapping, theft, and robbery is huge. Have you heard of a violent carnapping lately? In the past, reports of this would always be on TV on primetime news. Now, you won’t see or hear about it.)
With the 11-month period of Aquino’s term as a sample, PNP recorded 9,248 murder cases and 2,355 homicide cases.
This was higher compared to the crime rate recorded during the eight months of Duterte in office.
PNP tallied 8,525 murder cases while there were 1,640 homicide cases recorded from July 1 last year until March 16.
Cases of theft, meanwhile, dropped significantly from 66,542 to 27,535. Robbery incidents dipped from 27,288 to 12,364 and carnapping cases slid from 12,095 to 4,753.