Palace to PNP: Increase police visibility
MANILA, Philippines - Malacañang expects the Philippine National Police to follow through on the President's previous directive to increase police visibility in the streets, following fresh reports about the increase of crime incidents in Metro Manila.
"We have raised that with the President before. He is concerned obviously. What is very clear… we have seen a decrease in the index crimes. What has gone up, I don't know with the latest one, are the petty crimes. And the President has already insisted that there should be police visibility. He has given instructions on police visibility and we expect the PNP to follow that order. We should expect to see policemen on the streets, walking and making sure that their visibility will be a deterrence to the commission of petty crimes," Presidential Spokesman Edwin Lacierda said.
While the Palace cited a drop in index crimes, it acknowledged an increase in the number of petty crime incidents.
"We recognize talaga ang peace and order and also the commission of petty crimes is what bothers most [of the] public. Index crimes have gone down pero petty crimes 'yung mas laganap e. And that should be addressed," Lacierda said.
Relatedly, the Palace is also asking the PNP to work against criminals posing as policemen.
Meantime, the Palace is planning to come up with a feedback mechanism to encourage the public to report incidents of crimes in their communities, a system that would be similar to the "lubak2normal" campaign of the DPWH and the Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning Office (PCDSPO).
"We are looking at some sort of feedback [mechanism] for the public, actually. That's something that we recognize, a concern that affects ordinary citizens. We're looking at something like that," Lacierda said.