MANILA - Two police officials in Metro Manila have already been relieved from their posts for manipulating crime reports, Interior Secretary Mar Roxas said Thursday.
Roxas, in a press conference at the Philippine National Police (PNP) headquarters in Camp Crame, said two police commanders in Pasay City and Caloocan City were axed for submitting reports that do not reflect the true crime situation in their area.
He warned other police officials against coming out with false crime reports that hide the true situation in their areas. He said the PNP will continue to randomly audit crime reports.
Roxas also announced that the PNP will will start releasing crime statistics data weekly.
Roxas said that by finding out the number of crimes committed every week, police will know if the programs they are implementing to combat crimes are effective.
He said that for the week of August 11 to 17, a total of 757 robbery, theft, homicides, and murders were committed in Metro Manila.
The number fell to 692 crime incidents from August 18 to 25.
Roxas, however, said they are not satisfied with the result.
He ordered the PNP to continue implementing its "Oplan Lambat" and "Task Force Pivot" in Metro Manila that are designed to combat criminals who use motorcycles.
He said from 38 checkpoints, a total of 100 checkpoints have been established by police in Metro Manila and about 1,000 additional police officers have augmented the 18,000-strong PNP in the National Capital Region.
In order to effectively deploy police on the ground, the PNP will also "geolocate" crimes and map areas where certain crimes are being committed, at what time, and on what days.
Roxas said from June 15 to August 10, a total of 223 wanted criminals were arrested. A total of 347 others were arrested last week, while and 439 were nabbed this week in the metropolis.
He said 80% of those arrested are covered by arrest warrants.
Roxas also lauded police for resolving the case of slain race car driver Enzo Pastor.
Three suspects, including the wife of Pastor, have been charged for his murder.
Alleged mastermind Domingo de Guzman and self-confessed gunman PO2 Edgar Angel underwent inquest proceedings at the Department of Justice.
Aside from murder, they also face frustrated murder and illegal possession of firearms.
Pastor's wife Dahlia has also been charged with parricide and frustrated murder. - with ANC