Metro Manila crime rate down 60%, police say


Posted at Feb 06 2013 09:59 PM | Updated as of Feb 07 2013 06:24 AM

MANILA, Philippines - The rate of index crimes in Metro Manila fell 60% last month compared to January 2012, police claimed on Wednesday.

Philippine National Police spokesperson Supt. Generoso Cerbo said serious crimes such as murder, homicide, armed robbery, rape, and car theft reported to Metro Manila police only reached 1,218 last month, compared to 3,021 in the same month last year.

"Bumaba ito ng 59.68%," he said.

He allayed fears of a crime wave in the metropolis following recent armed robbery incidents that made the headlines.

"Last week, nagkaroon ng insidente sa Megamall, Parañaque, May mga insidente na tumaas dito sa Metro Manila. Inacknowledge namin ang mga insidente na ito, but then gusto namin i-assure namin ang publik na walang crime wave," Cerbo said. "Walang upsurge ng mga criminal incidents sa bansa lalo na sa National Capital Region."

He did not mention specific figures on what police call as non-index crimes such as illegal possession of firearms as well other criminal offenses such as kidnapping, estafa, illegal possession of firearms, smuggling, and use of illegal drugs.

"Illegal possession, nakapagtala tayo ng marami niyan," he said. "Last year 6,600 more or less ang mga nahuli natin. Pero di namin ito nire-reflect. Di kasi ito ang tunay na salamin," he said.

"Pagka kami ang nagdetermine ng peace and order condition, normally tinututukan namin ang index crime. Pero di namin sinasabi di mahalaga ang non-index crime.  Hinagamit rin namin itong basis," he added.

"Assurance lang namin sa publiko, patuloy namin ini-improve ang reporting system," Cerbo said.  "Hanggang sa level ng barangay, encourage ang mga tao na mag-report ng krimen. I believe ang sistema na uyan naka-place pa rin sa Metro Manila."