MANILA, Philippines – The crime rate in Metro Manila increased by 36% in the first 6 months of 2012, according to data from the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO).
NCRPO data showed that reported crimes went up from 18,671 from January to June 2011 to 29,231 in 2012.
Crimes involving motorcycle-riding criminals have also increased to 355 in January to June 2012 compared to 325 in January to June 2011.
The spokesperson for NCRPO, however, said the significant increase in reported crimes was caused by a revised data-gathering process.
“Bakit tumaas ngayong taon na ito? Dahil ‘yung ating data gathering, isinama natin dito ang mga insidente na nai-report sa ibang law enforcement agencies katulad ng NBI, maging ‘yung sa mga barangay,” NCRPO spokesperson Sr. Supt. Dionardo Carlos said.
But the secretary general of BAYAN Renato Reyes believes that crimes have indeed increased, saying the only discrepancy is in the cases that were not reported.
“Hindi nakakapanatag ng loob ‘yung kanilang paliwanag. Lumilitaw lang, marami pala talagang unreported cases na hindi nabibigyan ng pansin,” said Reyes.
Carlos, meanwhile, maintained that the reason for the increase is not merely a made-up excuse by the NCRPO.
“Hindi kami naghahanap ng dahilan. Sinasabi namin ‘yung totoong crime picture. Kung mali ang premise mo, ang pagpa-plano mo ay hindi rin magiging tama,” said Carlos. -- Report from Chiara Zambrano, ABS-CBN News