Department of the Interior and Local Government lauds PNP crime fight

THE Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) has lauded the Philippine National Police (PNP) for its unwavering commitment to curbing criminality that resulted in a 10 percent decrease in the total crime volume in May this year.

Citing records from the PNP’s Directorate for Investigation and Detective Management, DILG Secretary Eduardo M. Año said that the total crime volume in May 2019 is 38,284 as compared to 42,527 for the same period last year.

“Congratulations, PNP, for making our streets safer and making our people feel more secure.  I urge you to continue your anti-crime initiatives with greater vigor and zeal,” Año said during the PNP’s weekly convocation in Camp Crame.

Data from the PNP show a 22.6% drop in index crimes such as murder, homicide, physical injury, rape, robbery, theft, car and motorcycle theft, and cattle rustling – from 7,421 in May 2018 to 5,744 in May 2019.

Meanwhile, non-index crimes dropped by 7.31% from 35,106 in May 2018 to 32,540 in May 2019.

Non-index crimes are cases of reckless imprudence resulting in homicide, reckless imprudence resulting in physical injury, reckless imprudence resulting in damage to property, violation of special laws, among others.

Año likewise commended the PNP for its efforts to rid its ranks of erring and corrupt police personnel, which he believes restores public trust in government.

“I would like to commend the PNP for its internal cleansing program aimed to rid its ranks of misfits and scalawags. Napakalaki na ng naitutulong ng PNP sa hangarin nating maibalik muli ang tiwala at pagmamahal ng mga tao sa pamahalaan,” he said.

During the same event, Año conferred the PNP Distinguished Service Medal on P/Gen. Oscar Albayalde for his invaluable service as the PNP’s Security Task Force 2019 overall commander during the May 13, 2019 midterm elections.

“Through General Albayalde’s superb leadership and commitment, our entire police force became instrumental in ensuring that the 2019 Mid-term Elections transpired smoothly,” he said, adding that doing so is no easy feat given the volatile election culture in the Philippines.

According to Año, election-related violent incidents (ERVI) plunged by 60% during this year’s Mid-term polls.

Data from the PNP show  that only 43 election-related violent incidents (ERVI) were recorded this year compared to the 106 incidents recorded in 2016.

Aside from Albayalde, 10 PNP Marawi Crisis Commanders were also awarded the PNP Distinguished Conduct Medal for “ensuring that police units deployed during the siege perform at their best, either at ‘Ground Zero’ or at the immediate periphery of the city.”